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 10 January 2020.  The deadline for application is 31st January and priority will be given to those who meet this deadline.  Any late applications will be considered on an individual basis and will be subject to a space being available.

Our Open Evening for Sixth Form entry in September 2020 will be held on Thursday 9th January 2020 from 18:00-20:00.  No pre-registration is required.

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 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 Computing

Design and Technology

Grade 6 in Design and Technology


Grade 6 in Mathematics and English (Language or Literature)

English Literature (A)

Grade 6 in English Language or Literature


Grade 6 in French

Further Mathematics

Grade 8 in Mathematics


Grade 6 in Geography


Grade 6 in German


Grade 6 in History


Grade 7 in Mathematics


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 and 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


Grade 6 in Spanish

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 2020

Subject Choices - Advice and Guidance

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 whilst academic performance is very important, 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. 

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 to study 4 A Levels. Those who wish to apply to Oxbridge should also study 4 A Levels.

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