Sixth Form Programme

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


Further details about these courses can be obtained by downloading the Sixth Form Subject Information for 2020 entry

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.

The 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.