A Level Goverment and Politics at Bournemouth School
In the Government and Politics department we are proud of our high take-up of students following the
Edexcel A level course, allowing us to use a variety of approaches including group work, discussion,
debate, setting up a model UN and the use of modern technologies. Out of class we have welcomed
a range of outside speakers, including our local MP, a serving peer in the House of Lords and the
former Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as helping to chair the Senior
Debating Society. We are also habitually able to offer trips to student conferences in London, political
party conferences based in Bournemouth and the Houses of Parliament.
Students have access to a variety of text books, electronic resources and up to date periodicals,
magazines and newspapers, mainly based in the main school library. Our main aim is to make the
study of Government and Politics a study of the contemporary world, with an eye on the unfolding of
daily events and the impact which these have on the content of the course.
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.