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Entry Guidelines

Level 3 Advanced Courses

A Levels
Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above.

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Single Vocational A Levels
These may be taken alongside A Level courses and are subject to the same entry criteria, although may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Triple Vocational A Levels
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade A* C/9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics.

Additional Course Requirements
(Additions to the standard entry requirements).

A Level Psychology
Students will be expected to have a minimum GCSE at grade 6 in Mathematics or Core Science
A Level Mathematics
Students will be expected to have four GCSEs at grade B/6 including Mathematics.
A Level Further Mathematics
Students will be expected to have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade B/6 with grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics.
A Level Science Courses
Students intending to study a single science will be expected to have a minimum GCSE grade 6 in that subject or a grade 6 in core and additional science and in the relevant modules of the double award, and grade 6 in Mathematics.
The Honours Programme
Students will be expected to have a minimum of six GCSEs at grade A-A*/7, 8 or 9, as well as grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics.
Science Academy
(Two or more sciences at A Level) students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade a-a*/7, 8 or 9 including two science subjects or Mathematics and have taken three separate sciences at school.
Art Subjects
Students are normally expected to have at least a GCSE grade C/4 in Art & Design, those who have not studied this at GCSE will be asked to bring samples of their work so that the best advice can be offered.
Performing Arts
Students wishing to study Performing Arts subjects will be invited to attend an audition, as well as achieving the minimum entry requirements.
Sports Academies
Students wishing to apply for the Cricket or Football Sports Academy programmes should indicate this on the application form and will be required to submit suitable references from relevant sports teachers at school or team coaches, as well as successfully completing sports trials which will take place in April 2018.

A quick guide to your study programme

We are an inclusive college and welcome applications from all students irrespective of secondary school location. Entry requirements are for pupils progressing from year 11 to year 12. Minimum entry requirements are not used as part of a selective entry process, but as an opportunity to maximise success by ensuring that appropriate pre-enrolment advice and guidance is given and students are offered the right course.

A Levels

  • Three (or occasionally four) A Levels
  • Assessment is predominantly by examination
  • Tutorial
  • Academic Skills Enhancement and World of Work
  • Enrichment
  • The Honours Programme
  • A resit in GCSE Mathematics can be taken where appropriate, alongside a main programme of study

Single Vocational A Levels

(also called BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificates)

  • Equivalent to one A Level
  • Can be taken alongside other single Vocational A Levels and A Levels
  • Assessment is mostly coursework with some exam modules in some subjects
  • Tutorial
  • Academic Skills Enhancement and World of Work
  • Enrichment
  • A resit in GCSE Mathematics can be taken where appropriate, alongside a main programme of study

Triple Vocational A Levels

(also called BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas)

  • Equivalent to three A Levels
  • Two-year course
  • Assessment is mostly coursework with some exam modules
  • Tutorial
  • World of Work
  • Enrichment
  • Resits in English and Maths can be taken where appropriate, alongside a main programme of study