Academic Programme

Academic Core

We have an academic programme that is designed to challenge and stretch our students.  A minimum point score of 48 (top 8 GCSE results) including a grade 5 in Maths and English Language is required to join the Sixth Form (see the Subject Information Guide for subject specific entry requirements).

On joining us you will be guided through a choice of taking 3+ or 4 A levels.  This discussion will be centred on choosing the route that best suits your ability and your ambitions.  The A level courses offered are two year courses, the ‘plus’ options are completed in Year 12.

In order to facilitate those following the 3+ option, they will supplement their A Level studies by taking either Core Mathematics or another qualification such as CREST Gold Award.  These courses have been carefully selected to compliment applications to universities or apprenticeships and will be completed during your first year of Sixth Form.

You will have 10 periods per fortnight (equating to 8 hours of learning) in each A Level subject, which are taught by specialist teachers. Alongside this, you will have two directed study periods per subject, where you will complete extension and development tasks set by your teachers. Lessons are fast-paced, rigorous and encourage students to investigate, analyse and challenge everything they learn.  This is supplemented with study periods, homework tasks and regular tests and assessments to enable your progress to be monitored carefully.  Your tutor will meet with you individually 4 times per year to support you through your time at Bournemouth School Sixth Form.  Where needed, further support is available through our Sixth Form pastoral team.

We offer a wide range of A level courses and further information on the subjects offered, the course content and entry requirements can be viewed in A level subjects.

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.

Citizenship and Tutor Time

This programme is designed to aid students in developing their study skills, offer guidance, advice and support in relation to Post 18 options and careers as well as give students the opportunity to explore political, social and ethical issues with direct relevance to their age group. Outside speakers from universities, degree apprenticeship organisations, ex-students, the emergency services and local organisations are an integral part of this provision.

The Personal Core

In addition to their academic studies, all Year 12 students are expected to broaden their experiences and skills through a range of extra- and super- curricular activities. Some of these activities are timetabled sessions including completing hands on courses in first aid, cooking, online personal finance and mental health, whilst others such as school societies, music groups, sports teams, Duke of Edinburgh awards and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) are optional. There are also a number of opportunities for students to gain valuable volunteering work experience placements as well as attend additional sessions designed to support students with medical and Oxbridge applications and university entrance tests. This provision is an intrinsic part of our offering which all students accept as part of their curriculum and membership of the school.


The school asks sixth form students to not only act as role models to younger students but also offers a wide range of leadership opportunities including but not limited to School and House prefects, School Council, CCF, mentoring lower school students alongside running school societies.

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Independent Study and Socialising

Sixth Form students all have study periods and open access to the Sixth Form Study Centre, and library.