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College and Subject Entry Requirements for 2024

The following list provides a guide to entry criteria for each subject at the college and is used when working with students to provide a suitable programme of study. The entry criteria is designed around a student’s most likely chance of success as we want to avoid enrolling students on unsuitable courses. All students will have an advice and guidance interview as part of their enrolment process where a suitable programme will be agreed. All of the following courses are subject to demand.

Entry requirements for A levels

Six GCSEs at grade 4 (must include both English Language and Maths) and the additional subject entry requirements
as follows:

SubjectEntry requirements in addition to thse aboveAdditional details/Further guidance
3D Design
AccountingGCSE grade 5 in Maths and English Language
Art Craft and DesignGCSE grade 4 an Art and Design subject
BiologyGCSE grade 6 in Maths and Sciences and grade 5 in English Language
BusinessGCSE grade 5 in English Language
ChemistryGCSE grade 6 in Maths and Sciences and grade 5 in English Language
Computer ScienceGCSE grade 5 in Maths and a Science subjectScience could be Computer Science
Drama and Theatre
EconomicsGCSE grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language
English (All)GCSE grade 4 in English Language and English Literature
Environmental ScienceGCSE grade 5 in Science and English Language
Film StudiesGCSE grade 5 in English Literature
FrenchGCSE grade 6 in French
GeographyGCSE grade 5 in Maths, English Language and Science
GeologyGCSE grade 5 in Maths, English Language and Science
GermanGCSE grade 6 in German
Graphic Design
HistoryGCSE grade 5 in English Language or History
LawGCSE grade 5 in English or History
Maths (including Further Maths)GCSE grade 7 in Maths
Media Studies
MusicGCSE grade 5 in Music or grade 5 instrument/voice or theory
Music TechnologyGCSE grade 4 in Music or equivalentL2 Merit BTEC Music, grade 4 instrument/voice/theory, portfolio of production work
PEGCSE grade 5 in English Language and grade 6-5 in Combined Science or grade 6 in BiologyMust play club level in one sport.
Photography
PhysicsGCSE grade 6 in Maths and Sciences and grade 5 in English Language
PoliticsGCSE grade 5 in English Language
PsychologyGCSE grade 6 in English Language and grade 5 in Maths and Science
SociologyGCSE grade 5 in English or History
SpanishGCSE grade 6 in Spanish
StatisticsGCSE grade 5 in Maths and English
Textiles
Theology (Philosophy, Ethics and
Religion)GCSE grade 5 in English or History

Entry requirements for Vocational qualifications

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (to include English Language) and the additional subject entry requirements as follows:

SubjectEntry requirements in addition to thse aboveAdditional details/Further guidance
Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Extended CertificateControlled assessment
Applied Business General Extended Certificate AQAGrade 4 in MathsCoursework and examined unit each year
Criminology Diploma WJECGrade 4 in Maths and 4-4 in Combined Science or 4 in all sciencesControlled assessment and examined unit each year
Performance BTEC Extended Certificate2 year experience of any style dance (not graded)Controlled Assessment
Health and Social Care BTEC Extended CertificateCoursework and examined unit each year
IT BTEC Extended CertificateGrade 4 in MathsCoursework and examined unit each year
Applied Law BTEC Extended CertificateCoursework and examined unit each year
Creative Media Practice BTEC DiplomaCoursework – 1.5 course equivalent
Music BTEC Subsidiary DiplomaCoursework
Uniformed Protective Services BTEC Extended CertificateCoursework and 1 examined unit in L6
Applied Science BTEC Extended CertificateGrade 4 in Maths and 4-4 in Combined Science or 4 in all sciencesCoursework and examined unit each year
Sport and Physical Activity CTEC Extended Certificate (single)4-4 in Combined Science or 4 in BiologyCoursework and examined unit each year
Diploma in Sport CTEC (Double)Coursework

Level 2 qualifications

Students who have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in English Language and/or Maths must be enrolled onto either of those courses

SubjectEntry requirements in addition to thse aboveAdditional details/Further guidance
Business CTEC Extended CertificateNo requirements
English Language GCSENo requirements
Japanese GCSENo requirements2 year course
Maths GCSENo requirements

Further information about subject combinations

You Must Do:

  • A level Maths to study Further Maths

You Can Do:

  • A Level Maths with A level Statistics
  • A Level Biology/Chemistry/Physics with BTEC Applied Science
  • A Level Computer Science with BTEC IT
  • A Level Media with BTEC Media
  • A Level English Literature with A Level English Language
  • BTEC Performing Arts and A Level Drama

You Can’t Do:

  • A Level Business with Applied Business
  • A Level Law with BTEC Law
  • Combined A Level English Language & Literature with either A Level English Language or A Level English Literature
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) with BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
  • A Level Architecture with A level Product Design