A Level Design and Technology at Bournemouth School
Edexcel Product Design GCE offers two pathways, Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic
Products, each with its own specific content. The structure of the specification allows students to
develop a range of skills and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary (AS), demonstrating their creativity,
and apply these to a design and make project at Advanced level (A2). The specification seeks to
develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products.
They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation
AS External assessment - Time: 1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked by Edexcel.
A2 External assessment - Time: 2-hour examination set and marked by Edexcel.
Style of paper: Question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type
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.