A Level Music at Bournemouth School
A commitment to music and music making, both in the classroom and wider school community is
needed to study Music. Students should be self- motivating learners who can meet deadlines. Some
keyboard skills would be a distinct advantage.
Year 2014 Advanced Subsidiary
Examination Board: OCR
AS Level Music 3872
Year 2015 A2 Level
Examination Board: OCR
A Level Music 7872
This course enables students who enjoy music to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding. It
encourages the study of the context in which music is or was written, as well as developing skills as a
composer and performer. Students must attend choir to develop their aural awareness. Like all AS
and A2 courses, this will be hard work; it combines practical (performance and composition) work with
the intellectual study of music, and is an enjoyable course to study.
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.