Joining our Sixth Form - Bournemouth School

Joining our Sixth Form

The closing date for applications for entry in September 2018 was 31st January 2018. 

If you have missed this deadline but still wish to be considered for year 12 this September, please email

If you are thinking of joining our sixth form in September 2019 (whether already studying at Bournemouth School or studying elsewhere) you are strongly advised to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening. The details of the next event will be posted shortly.  In the meantime much of the information for September 2018 entry will still be relevant. 

Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

To meet our Sixth Form entry requirements, applicants must have attained at least a grade 5 in both English Language and Mathematics, and have a “Best 8” GCSE points score of at least 50 points with at least a grade 6 in the subjects chosen or in a related discipline.

For example, if a student’s Best 8 GCSEs are 6 grade 6s (each scoring 6 points) and 2 grade 7s (each scoring 7 points), they would have a total (Best 8) points score of 50 – so provided they have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics, they would be eligible for a place in the Sixth Form. The grades to points conversion for 2018 is shown below:

For most GCSE subjects For other GCSE subjects
Grade Points Grade Points
9 9





8 8
7 7 A 7
6 6





5 5
Etc ...   C 4

The entry requirements have been set to ensure that students joining our sixth form are capable of undertaking our academic provision.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for joining Year 12.  Please see the table below for further information:


Entry Requirement

Art, Craft & Design

Grade 6 in Art and Design


Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 7s in Combined Science

Business Studies

Grade B in Business Studies OR Grade 6 in English and Mathematics


Grade 6 in Chemistry or Grade 7s in Combined Science

Computer Science

Grade 6 in Mathematics or Computer Science

Design & Technology

Grade B in Design and Technology is preferred but not essential


Grade 6 in Mathematics and English


Grade 6 in English Language or Literature


Grade 6 in Geography


Grade 6 in History


Grade 7 in Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Grade 8 in Mathematics

Modern Foreign Languages

Grade 6 in the relevant language


Grade 6 in GCSE Music OR Grade 6 practical and grade 5 theory

Physical Education

No additional requirement to those published


Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 7s in Combined Science


Grade 6 in History


Grade 6 in English, Mathematics and Biology

Religious Studies

No additional requirement to those published

Making Your Subject Choices

Getting your post-16 subject choices right is an important first step towards your chosen future pathway. Entry to the best universities and apprenticeships can be highly competitive and academic background, while vitally important, is only one of several things universities and employers will take into account when they consider your application. They will also want to select students who are clearly well-motivated and passionate about their subject. In some cases, they may even ask you to gain some work experience in a relevant field.

Three reasons you may want to continue to study a subject at A Level are:

  • You have been good at and have enjoyed the subject in the past.
  • You need this subject to enter a particular career or course.
  • You have not studied the subject before but you have looked into it and think it will suit your strengths.

Three further considerations should be taken into account:

  • Some subjects are distinctly more difficult at A Level than at GCSE level so check the course content carefully.
  • Make sure you get your facts straight; there are many misconceptions about subjects required for courses and careers.
  • Do not take an uninformed risk; what is the new subject actually about?

If you know what you wish to study at university and want to know what subjects you will need to have studied in preparation, you will find detailed information on each university’s entry requirements on the UCAS website (

Some degrees will be open to you whatever subjects you choose to study for your A Level qualifications and there are many other popular degrees which are normally open to you without any specific subject background. These include: Accountancy; Anthropology; Archaeology; Business Studies; History of Art; Law; Management Studies; Media Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Surveying.

Many courses at university level build on knowledge which you will gain while still at school. For this reason, some university courses may require you to have studied a specific subject prior to entry, others may not. There are also some subjects that are required more often than others. These subjects are sometimes referred to as ‘facilitating subjects’. Subjects that can be viewed as ‘facilitating’ subjects are:

Another factor to consider if you are aiming for incredibly competitive courses at university, such as Medicine, is that you may require a very high performance in your GCSEs. Does your performance to date match your ambition? (Think about your mock examination outcomes).

Students at Bournemouth School study either three or four A Levels (although a few choose to study five); those who study three A Levels also study either Core Maths, The Gold Crest Award or The Pre-University Qualification. The A Levels offered are two year courses.

We advise those students who are wishing to apply for highly competitive courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science should study 4 A Levels. Those who wish to apply to Oxbridge should also study 4 A Levels.

Subject Information

The subject information guide below provides details on the courses provided at Bournemouth School. 

Head of Department contact details can be found within the guide.


Academic Core

Students at Bournemouth School study either three or four A Levels (although a few choose to study five); those who study three A Levels also either study Core Mathematics, the CREST Gold Award or the Pre-University Qualification.  The A Levels offered are two year courses. 

Currently, the A Level subjects that we offer are:

Art History
Biology Latin
Business Studies Mathematics
Chemistry Further Mathematics
Computer Science Music
Design & Technology Physical Education
Economics Physics
English Politics
French Psychology
Geography Religious Studies
German Spanish

Further details about these courses can be obtained by downloading the Subject Information guide for 2018.

Through our induction processes, we ensure that every student joining our Sixth Form has the opportunity to access independent advice and guidance, alongside advice from school staff.  We feel it important to invest time and care in the selection of the right courses, so that the student’s programme of study fits both their ability and their aspirations.

Personal Core

In addition to a student's academic core, all Year 12 students are expected to broaden their experience through attending a number of other activities – we refer to these additions as the “personal core”.  The personal core provision forms part of the overall package which all students must accept as part of membership of Year 12. 

All students are required to attend all registration form periods and assemblies, and to follow a Citizenship programme. This is delivered through a combination of form-time sessions and a fortnightly lesson, which include a range lectures, talks and other experiences.  Within this programme are sessions devoted to helping students to develop their study skills and to help and advise them with university or employment applications.  Students are also given sessions to stimulate their knowledge and thinking on a wide range of topics of direct relevance to this age group, including health issues and driving safety.

Personal Development

In addition to a student's academic and personal core, we encourage our sixth form students to create a personal development programme.

We offer a wide range of enrichment activities:  sport, music, art, catering and drama.  There is also a range of leadership opportunities on offer through our prefect programme, CCF and Duke of Edinburgh awards. Some students choose to spend their time deepening their knowledge for a chosen subject in preparation for Oxbridge applications - we call this "super curricular" enrichment.  Students can also choose to represent the School through a wide range of sports or in out of school activities including work experience and/or volunteering.

Independent Study and Socialising

Sixth Form students all have study periods and open access to the Sixth Form Quiet Study Area, library and Sixth Form Common Room.