Joining our Sixth Form

The closing date for applications for entry to join Year 12 at Bournemouth School is 31 January 2020.

The Application Form for entry in September 2020 will be available from 9 January 2020.  However, we will only be able to guarantee a place (even if you exceed our entry requirements) once we have accommodated all on-time applications.

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 48 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 8 grade 6s he/she would have a total (Best 8) points score of 48 – so provided they have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics, he/she would be eligible for a place in the Sixth Form. The grades to points conversion for 2019 is shown below:

GCSE subjects
Grade Points
9 9
8 8
7 7
6 6
5 5
Etc ...  

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 7/7 in Combined Sciences PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics

Business Studies

Grade 6 in Business Studies OR Grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) and Mathematics


Grade 6 in Chemistry or Grade 7/7 in Combined Sciences PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics

Computer Science

Grade 6 in Mathematics or Computer Science


Grade 6 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature


Grade 6 in Technology or equivalent subject


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 7/7 in Combined Sciences PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics


Grade 6 in History or Geography


Grade 6 in English Language or Literature, 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; 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. 

If you require any further information please contact the relevant Head of Department whose contact details can be found within the guide.

Subject Information Guide 2019

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 History
Biology Mathematics
Business Studies Further Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Computer Science Physical Education
Economics Physics
Engineering Politics
English Psychology
French Religious Studies
Geography Spanish

Further details about these courses can be obtained by downloading the Subject Information Guide for entry in 2019.

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.


Sixth Form Uniform

The appearance of all members of the school is an important issue as it is one of the aspects upon which we are judged by members of the public. Sixth Form dress is particularly important as the more senior students act as role models for younger pupils and often represent the school on formal occasions. Sixth Form uniform requirements are detailed here.