Entry Requirements

 

To access studies at A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses, prospective students are required to have gained a minimum of 5 x GCSE’s 9-4 (or A*-C) including English Language and Mathematics.

Courses and Subject Specific Entry Requirements

We have a wide range of A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses which can be selected to suit your needs and future aspirations. Students can choose to access a programme of three or four pure linear A Levels or Level 3 BTEC courses (including single, double or triple award qualifications*) or they may opt for our unique mix n match option where students combine Linear A Levels with Level 3 BTEC qualifications. All students follow appropriate personalised study programmes. A rigorous process on application and admission into college ensures students are on their most suitable pathway to build on their prior achievements and to meet their aspirations and future career plans.

Subject Entry Requirements - Linear A Levels
A Level Subject Specific Entry Requirements*
Art and Design Grade 4 in Art or Pass in BTEC Art
Biology Grade 6 in Biology or 6,6 Combined Science, with Grade 6 or above in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language
Business Studies Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or 6,6 Combined Science, with Grade 6 or above in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language
Computer Science (Computing) Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Core Mathematics (AS) Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
Criminology  Grade 4 in GCSE English and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
Drama and Theatre Studies Grade 4 in Drama and 4 in GCSE English Language
Economics  Grade 5 in GCSE English and Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
English Language Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and where taken Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature
English Literature Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Further Mathematics Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Geography Grade 4 in Geography with Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
History Grade 4 in History with Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Law Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4/C in a traditional written subject (e.g. History, English Literature etc.)
Mathematics Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Physics Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or two 6’s in Combined Science, with Grade 6 or above in Mathematics and Grade 4 in English Language. Physics students will also be required to study A Level Mathematics or Core Mathematics
Psychology Grade 4 in GCSE English Language with Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
Sociology Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Subject Specific Entry Requirements – BTEC Qualifications (Level 3)

3D Art and Design

National Diploma

Grade 4 in Art or any DT subject (except Food)

 

3D Art and Design

Extended Diploma

Grade 4 in Art or any DT subject (except Food)

 

Applied Science Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, with 2 grade 4’s in combined science
Business Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GSCE English Language
Children’s Learning & Development Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language**
Creative Digital Media Grade 4 in English Language
Fashion and Textiles Grade C in Textiles or a relevant GCSE Art subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art/Textiles subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered
Health and Social Care Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and with two grade 4’s in Combined Science
IT Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
Sport Grade 4 in GCSE PE or Level 2 Pass or above equivalent with two grade 4’s in Combined Science, Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. (Sport/Coaching experience could also be considered).
Travel and Tourism Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

* All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements

** Minimum entry requirements by BTEC Pearson

*** We reserve the right to withdraw courses or modify entry requirements

BTEC Qualifications Explained

The new Level 3 BTEC Qualifications have been developed to be more rigorous and as such now include a considerable amount of external examination, controlled assessment and/or practical alongside coursework (See individual courses unit breakdown for these specific weightings).

As Level 3 Qualifications these BTEC’s are equivalent to A Level courses and as such attract comparable UCAS points for university applications*

BTEC Grades compared:

BTEC Grade

Distinction*

Distinction

Merit

Pass

A Level equivalent

A*

A

C

E

UCAS points

56

48

32

16

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

BTEC Courses Explained

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Course Type:

Award weighting

Equates to

Extended Certificate

Single award

One A Level

Diploma

Double award

Two A Levels

Extended Diploma

Triple award

Three A Levels

 *Please ensure you research future options as some universities/courses prefer students to have studies linear A Levels. E.g. Russell Group Universities   https://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5272/informedchoices-print.pdf

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