A Level History at Bournemouth School
The study of History furnishes the student with valuable skills for a variety of future careers, provides
a context to enable us to understand developments in the modern world and is a fascinating study in
its own right. Today’s events - the coalition government, economic depression, involvement in
conflicts in the Middle East - all have historical antecedents. The study of History enables us to place
the modern world in an intelligent context and to understand the events of our time. Knowledge of
current affairs is often an essential skill sought by employers and tested at job interviews. The History
student usually impresses with his broad understanding of the background to modern political and
- Year 2014 Advanced Subsidiary Award - Examination Board: AQA - A Level History
- Year 2015 A Level - Examination Board: AQA
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.