Entry Requirements for courses starting in September 2017 

 

A-Level Programme 
The majority of our students will study 3 A level courses and will commit to these for two years. Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. Students may choose to study an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) as their 4th subject.  

Mixed Study Programme 
Students can study a mix of A-Level and Vocational A-Levels (Subsidiary Diplomas). The majority of our students will study 3 subjects and will commit to these for two years. Some very able students may choose to study 4 subjects. 

Extended Diplomas (Level 3) 
An Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and students choose to specialise in one vocational area. These are two year courses. 

Diplomas (Level 2) 
This is a three year study programme. In the first year students study a Level 2 course alongside resits in either GCSE English Language and/or Maths. After successful completion at Level 2 students can progress to Level 3 courses.  

Diagnostic assessments and GCSE English and Maths requirements 

  • Any student who has achieved a GCSE grade 3 or 2 in English Language will need to attend a compulsory diagnostic session following enrolment 

  • Any student who has achieved a GCSE grade 3, 2 or 1 in Maths will need to attend a compulsory diagnostic session following enrolment 

  • The diagnostic session will determine your GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths resit pathway, this is compulsory and we will fit this resit into your study programme 

 

A-Level and Mixed Study Programme

Subject Course type Assessment Additional Entry Criteria
Accounting A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 6 in GCSE Maths plus a minimum of 4 x B grades in other GCSE subjects
Applied Science (Medical or Forensic Science)  Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework GCSE grade  4 in GCSE Maths plus a minimum of CC in GCSE Science or Applied Science
Art and Design A-Level 100% non examined assessmnet GCSE Art & Design / D&T preferred 
 - 3D Design
 - Fine Art or Craft
   & Design
 - Graphic Design
 - Photography
Biology A-Level 100% exam Separate Sciences – Grade B in GCSE Biology or BB in Core and Additional (not Applied) Science plus GCSE grade 5 in GCSE Maths (see Biology if not achieved). At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects
Business  A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade  5 in Maths
Business  Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework No additional requirements 
Chemistry A-Level 100% exam Separate Sciences – Grade B in GCSE Chemistry or BB in Core and Additional (not Applied) Science plus GCSE grade  5 in Maths. At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects 
Computer Science A-Level 80% exam, 20% non-examined assessment GCSE grade  5 in Maths. At least 3 x B grades and 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects which must include grades BB in Core and Additional Science or a grade B in Physics 
Criminology Subsidiary Diploma 50% exam, 50% controlled assessment No additional requirements. Please note this course can not be studied alongside Psychology and Sociology
Dance A-Level 100% exam 50% theory 50% practical No additional requirements.
Drama & Theatre Studies A-Level 30% coursework 40% exam 30% practical Audition
Economics A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 6 in Maths plus a minimum of 4 x B grades in other GCSE subjects 
English Language A-Level 80% exam 20% non-examined assessment No additional requirements
English Literature A-Level 80% exam 20% non-examined 20% non-examined assessment GCSE grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature 
English Language and Literature A-Level 80% exam 20% coursework GCSE grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature 
Film Studies A-Level 70% exam 30% non examined assessment  No additional requirements 
Further Maths A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 7 in Maths At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects one of which should be a Science  At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects one of which should be a Science 
Geography A-Level 100% exam Grade B in GCSE Geography plus a GCSE grade 4 in Maths 
History A-Level 80% exam 20% non examined assessment  GCSE grade B in History or a relevant essay based subject
IT  Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework GCSE grade 4 in Maths 
Law A-Level 100% exam No additional requirements 
Law  Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework No additional requirements 
Maths  A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 6 in Maths At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects one of which should be a Science 
Media Studies A-Level 70% exam 30% non examined assessment  No additional requirements
Music Technology Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework No additional requirements
Philosophy  A-Level 100% exam  No additional requirements 
Physics A-Level 100% exam Separate Sciences – Grade B in GCSE Physics or BB in Core and Additional (not Applied) Science plus GCSE grade  5 in Maths. At least 3 x B grades & 2 x C grades in other GCSE subjects 
Politics A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade B in History or a relevant essay based subject
Psychology A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 5 in Maths 
Religious Studies A-Level 100% exam No additional requirements 
Spanish A-Level 100% exam Grade B in GCSE Spanish
PE (Fitness & Coaching or Sport & Exercise Science) Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework Sport and Exercise strand should have minimum of a grade C in GCSE Biology or BB in core and additional Science. Fitness and Coaching strand preferably have same as above.
Sociology A-Level 100% exam GCSE grade 5 in English Language or English Literature
Video Games Development Subsidiary Diploma 100% coursework Grade 4 in Maths is desirable

 

Vocational Level 3

Course

Assessment

Entry Criteria

Business Management

Extended Diploma

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and a Grade 4 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a

minimum of a grade C

Early Years Education & Care Diploma

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and no lower than a Grade 2 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a minimum of a grade C

Forensic Science

Extended Diploma

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and a Grade 4 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a

minimum of a grade C (which must  include CC in GCSE Science or  Applied Science)

Health & Social Care

Extended Diploma

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and no lower than a Grade 2 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a minimum of a grade C

Information Technology (Networking & Systems Support)

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and a Grade 4 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a

minimum of a grade C

Media Production

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and no lower than a Grade 2 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a minimum of a grade C

Music Production

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and a Grade 3 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a

minimum of a grade C

Public Services Extended Diploma

A mix of assessment – internal and

external

Grade 3 in English Language and no lower than a Grade 2 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a minimum of a grade C

Sport Extended Diploma

100% coursework

Grade 3 in English Language and no lower than a Grade 2 in Maths plus 4 other GCSE* subjects at a minimum of a grade C  A minimum of a grade D in GCSE Biology or CC in core and additional Science is needed

 

 

Vocational Level 2

Business

7 Units

Coursework

2 Units Exam

 

Grade 2 in English Language and a Grade 3 in Maths plus 3 other GCSE/equivalent subjects at a minimum of a grade D

Early Years & Care

100% coursework

Grade 2 in English Language and a Grade 2 in Maths plus 3 other GCSE/equivalent subjects at a minimum of a grade D

Digital     Technologies (IT)

20% exam

80% coursework

Grade 2 in English Language and a Grade 3 in Maths plus 3 other GCSE/equivalent subjects at a minimum of a grade D

Media Production

20% exam

80% coursework

Grade 2 in English Language and a Grade 2 in Maths plus 3 other GCSE/equivalent subjects at a minimum of a grade D

Public Services

100% coursework

Grade 2 in English Language and a Grade 2 in Maths plus 3 other GCSE/equivalent subjects at a minimum of a grade D