A Level Biology at Bournemouth School
Students starting with qualifications in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science will find it
beneficial to study the additional materials covered in the GCSE Biology course in the summer prior
to starting the AS course. Support and guidance will be provided.
A Level Biology is challenging, exciting, interesting, relevant and is a popular subject at Bournemouth
School. The AQA Biology A Level course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed
at GCSE. The teaching of the course is shared between two specialist teachers, ensuring that all
students are receiving the highest standard of teaching.
- Year 12 Examination Board: AQA - AS Level Biology: 1411
- Year 13 Examination Board: AQA - A Level Biology : 2411
The AS and A2 qualifications each consist of two examined units and an investigative and practical
It is a requirement of this course that students wear a lab coat for all practical work.
As part of the course there is a Field Trip at the end of Year 12. This provides an excellent opportunity
to develop ideas learnt during the first year and will help prepare students for the final year.
Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.