Welcome to Bournside Sixth Form

At Bournside we understand how challenging and rewarding your time in our Sixth Form will be. With over 35 A Level and BTEC courses on offer with three new bespoke pathways to choose from, studying with us means you can pick the best combination of subjects to suit your interests and aspirations.

We pride ourselves on the outstanding support we offer our students and whether you have fixed your sights on going to university, starting employment, or are still considering your options, we will help you achieve your goals and make your experience with us stimulating and fulfilling. We look forward to seeing you thrive in our Sixth Form.

You can view a snapshot of our latest news below, and if you missed our open evening, you can also view our Sixth Form information talk on the video below too. 

I look forward to meeting you.

Mr Kevin Warren
Head of Sixth Form 

Why choose Bournside Sixth Form?

Hear from our Headteacher, Mr Jefferies, our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Warren, and our fantastic students, who spoke at our recent Sixth Form Open Evening.

Sixth Form Recruitment Presentation

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Art 3D Design - NEW!

If you enjoy creating objects in three dimensions then this course is for you. The course provides an excellent foundation for further study or careers in fashion, architecture, 3D design and sculpture amongst others. You will explore how to construct forms in a range of materials, learn how to take work from initial sketches and concept designs though to final 3D outcomes.

Students are able to engage with a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as the figures, structures and natural forms. Visual awareness and creativity are developed via making and presenting ideas in a range of media such as glass, resin, clay, wire and textiles.

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Art Graphics

If you are interested in clever marketing visuals, funky lettering, logos, symbols, the way messages are communicated, or graphic art in general, this course is for you.

Students are able to enjoy a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as image and typography, layout design, experimental imagery and more abstract approaches. Sources from illustration, advertising and editorial design will provide further inspiration.

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Art Photography

If you enjoy capturing moments and details from the world around you, or designing complex digital experiments, then this course is for you.

You will learn photographic skills and key concepts but outcomes and portfolio development may go into physical or digital manipulation (graphic style work) or even video.

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Fine Art

If you enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture or simply developing ideas with a range of media, then this course is for you.

Students are able to enjoy a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as the figure, structures and natural forms. Visual awareness and creativity are developed via areas of study including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and digital media.

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Biology

We hope to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including in further study and careers that may include biology.

The course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other, and considers how society makes decisions about scientific issues.

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Business

Can you see yourself as the next Mark Zuckerberg or Fraser Doherty or do you aspire to own your own small business?

There has never been a more exciting time to start a business venture; with new emerging economies in Asia, and the negative impact Covid-19 has had on the UK economy, there are endless opportunities for the budding entrepreneur.

Vocational Business - NEW!

Studying OCR Cambridge Technical in Business is designed for both vocational and academic learners who wish to develop a career in Business. The course has been designed specifically to cater for learners wishing to study Business at university and to equip students with the skills required for full time apprenticeships and employment in the business industry.

Students will develop an understanding of how business are constructed and how areas of the business must coordinator together as part of team, for example; Human Resources, Marketing, Finance & Accounts, Economics, Law, Business Management, Event Management and Sales.

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Chemistry

Chemistry provides students with transferable skills that are vital within scientific fields but also incredibly valuable in many other areas.


Students will not only be able to apply their knowledge to the world around them, they will develop rigorous research skills, the ability to risk assess and problem solve and communicate ideas in a fluid and concise manner.

Computer Science

Computer Science is an ideal course for students who want to learn the underlying principles of how computers work. The course examines the fundamental concepts including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.

Students analyse problems in computational terms and through practical experience of programming, developing the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically, and critically.

Design and Technology: Product Design

Product Design provides students with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen pathway. Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impact on today’s world.

This exciting course offers opportunities to develop design and manufacturing skills in a creative and innovative way.

Design & Technology: Fashion and Textiles - NEW!

Fashion and Textiles provides students with an opportunity to develop design and manufacturing skills in a creative and innovative way. Students will be required to manufacture high-quality products and prototypes to meet a specific need or consumer group. The product may suit the client's need in the home or as a fashion item.

It is an exciting course, which will allow students to become aware of the place of design in society and the influences that designers have in the world in which we live. There will be opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, e.g. designing and making garments, and trips out of school to the Clothes Show Live and London Fashion College's Graduate Show.

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Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies allows students the opportunity to combine a sophisticated practical and academic response to theatre in all its forms.

Students will study set texts and the work of several theatrical practitioners as well as participating in group projects producing original performance work and performing scripted plays.

Economics

In studying economics, you will gain an understanding of current economic issues such as ‘Why do students pay tuition fees for higher education?’, ‘Can the government solve the pensions crisis?’ and more contemporary issues such as the 2008 financial crash, Brexit, and the Eurozone crisis.

You will be introduced to a range of concepts and theories that are used to explain how the real world operates.

English Language and Literature

This is a great all-round course for creative writers and readers interested in exploring a wide range of literary and non-literary styles.

You will study a diverse range of material: from famous speeches to film scripts and travelogues, to Shakespeare and traditional prose.

English Literature

Our A Level English Literature course is for lovers of books, plays and poetry.

Travel with us on a literary journey, from romantic poets like Byron to modern-day classics; from Renaissance ideas in Shakespeare to contemporary philosophy and social issues in a modern novel. You could be delving into true crime, or scaring yourself silly with a modern ghost story.

Film Studies

The Film Studies A Level course is very much aimed at developing and deepening your understanding of the way that films tell us stories, engage and entertain us, even how they sometimes show us the truth about our societies.

You will be taught how to analyse film, how to understand how films relate to the contexts and genres in which they were made and, ultimately, how to make your own film.

French

Studying French at advanced level undoubtedly increases your employment opportunities. We aim to develop an appreciation of France and its culture.

Students will research information, take part in debates and explore their feelings about contemporary issues, all whilst building on their knowledge of French gained at GCSE.

Geography

In Geography, students investigate relationships between human populations and physical environments.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of modern issues at a variety of scales whilst being be able to consider their own, and decision makers’ role, value, and attitude towards these issues. We aim to develop an appreciation of the dynamic nature of contemporary geography.

Government and Politics

We aim to encourage an interest in and an understanding of British politics. Students will gain knowledge of important concepts and institutions related to the constitution, parliament, political parties, and electoral systems.

Students study and discuss current political developments, such as the 2017 election and Brexit, visit the Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court, and get a chance to promote and debate political policy in the local council chambers.

Health and Social Care BTEC (Single Award)

Our Health and Social Care qualifications can be studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

We offer the course as an Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level) or as an Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels). Both are designed for post-16 learners wishing to go on to further or higher level study or directly to employment in this area.

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Art (Fine Art)

Bridging work

History

Students undertake a breadth study of how Britain was transformed between 1918 and 1997, conduct a study in depth on the USA in the 1920s and 1930s, investigate Tudor Rebellions, and produce coursework on American civil rights, which can be on a topic of choice from the end of the Civil War through to the assassination of Martin Luther King and emergence of Black Power.

Information Technology BTEC

This Information Technology qualification can be studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications and is ideal for preparing students for any career associated with IT or business.

We offer the course as an Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level) which is designed for post-16 learners wishing to go on to further or higher level study, or directly to employment in this area. The qualification attracts UCAS points and is widely recognised by universities and employers.

Mathematics

If you enjoyed GCSE Mathematics and you like problem-solving, this is the course for you.

Many topics build on previous work at GCSE such as sequences, quadratics and trigonometry, whilst differentiation and integration provide interesting and stimulating new material to study.

Further Mathematics

This double A Level course is for students who truly love mathematics and want the challenge of studying a broader and deeper range of topics.

In addition to work in pure mathematics, applications of the subject to mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics are studied to provide a wide-ranging and inspiring course.

Media Studies

The fundamental questions around the role of the media are addressed through this A Level course. The ever-changing complexity of the media landscape is studied through a theoretical framework based around the core concepts of media language, representation, media industries and audiences.

A contextual element is applied to the above, often developing comparative skills relative to different texts. The texts studied consist of advertising and marketing; film industry; music video; newspapers; radio; video games; television; magazines; online/social media.

Music

While some students will choose this course because they intend to study music at university or college, it is equally appealing to those who enjoy music or are looking for a subsidiary subject.

The skills it develops complement other subjects very well. This course is divided into 3 areas – performing, composing, and listening and appraising.

Music Technology BTEC - NEW!

If you have an interest in music and how it’s produced, then this course is ideal for you. It is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of music production software, commercial music and recording techniques.

You will develop and apply theory and practical skills though learning how to mix, master and produce your own music in Logic Pro, how to record live instruments and creatively using digital audio. You will also develop an understanding of studio roles. You do not need to be a performer to complete this course, but an enjoyment of music and creativity are a must.

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Physical Education

The A Level course equips learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education.

Physics

Physics is ‘the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them’. Physics is really the study of everything in our universe; it is about asking fundamental questions and using observations and experiments to attempt to answer them.

Our A Level course covers the study of the laws, theories and models of physics, and explores their practical application in a variety of real-life situations.

Psychology

Psychology is a science. It is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.

Students studying psychology gain a broad overview of various topics central to psychology; develop an understanding of explanations of behaviour from different schools of psychological thought, and learn to analyse the strengths and limitations of the various psychological approaches.

Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)

This course presents students with an opportunity to grapple with some of the most profound questions that have puzzled philosophers since the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

Does God exist? Why is there a universe, rather than nothing? Is there any point to pain and suffering? And how sure can we be when we try to answer these questions.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of human beings in society. The subject examines the interaction of humans with each other and with the society around them. It is a critical subject as it seeks to avoid ‘obvious’ or ‘common sense’ explanations of human activity, searching instead for explanations at a deeper level.

Students will discuss the world around them to become familiar with a range of sociological theories each advocating a different approach to studying society – functionalist, Marxist, feminist and postmodernist.

Spanish

Studying Spanish at advanced level undoubtedly increases your employment opportunities. We aim to develop an appreciation of Spain and its culture, and make the A Level compelling by basing the study topics around lifestyle and social topics that you’ll be interested in.

Students will research information, take part in debates, and explore their feelings about contemporary issues, all whilst building on their knowledge of Spanish gained at GCSE.

Sport BTEC (Single Award) - NEW!

New for 2022, the Sport BTEC National Extended Certificate, provides a broad basis of study for the sport sector. 

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and consists of three mandatory units, plus one other; Anatomy and Physiology; Fitness Training and Programming for Health Sport and Well-being, and Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

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Weekends: 8.30am to 6.00pm
Bank holidays: Closed