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Entry Requirements

These are general mimimum entry requirements. Some courses require GCSEs in specific subjects and grades and many courses require English/Maths at specific grades.

You will need a reference which we feel is satisfactory and shows a good record of attendance, punctuality and conduct and a commitment to study.

Entry requirements for A Level subjects (Level 3):

SUBJECT
POINT SCORE
Minimum GCSE Requirements
Applied Science (AS equivalent) 5.0 Maths and English at grade 5, Science at CC
Architecture/critical studies 5.25 Maths and English at grade 5, Art at C
Business Studies 5.75 Maths and English at grade 6 
Business Applied (AS equivalent) 5 Maths and English at grade 5
Computer Science 5.75 Maths and English at grade 6 
Criminology 5 Maths or English at grade 5
Dance (AS equivalent) 5.0 English at grade 5 with previous Dance experience. Dance GCSE is preferable.
Drama and Theatre Studies 5.0 English and Drama 5 at grade (provided your school offered this subject)
English Language 5.0 English Language 6
English Language and Literature 5.0 English and English Literature 5
English Literature 5.0 English and English Literature 5
Film Studies 5.5 English at grade 5
Government and Politics 5.5 English at grade 6
Art & Design: Fine Art 5.0 English and Art at grade 5 with a strong portfolio
French 5.5 French at grade 6 and English at 5
Graphics and Illustration 5.0 English at grade 5 as well as Art 5 or Graphic Design 5 with a strong portfolio
History: Medieval 5.5 English or History at grade 6
History: Modern American 5.5 English or History at grade 6
History: Modern European 5.5 English or History at grade 6
Law Applied (AS Equivalent) 5.0 English at grade 5
Mathematics 5.75 Maths at grade 6, grade 7 preferable. English at grade 5.
Maths Further 6.0 Maths at grade 8 and English at grade 5.
Media Studies 5.5 English at grade 5
Music Performance and Production 5.0 English at grade 5 with experience in performing with an instrument or the voice preferred but not essential
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion 5.5 English at grade 6 and Maths at 5
Photography 5.0 English and Art at grade 5 with a proven interest in photography
Psychology  5.75 Maths at grade 6 and English at 5 with Science at 6 preferable
Sociology 5.5 English at grade 6
Spanish 5.5 Spanish at grade 6 and English at 5

How many A Levels can I study?

A Levels must be studied as part of a full-time programme consisting of three to four A Level subjects:

LEVEL
Subject
POINT SCORE
What this might lead to
Level 3 4 AS/A Levels An average point score of 6.5 or above - depends on subject with specific GCSE requirements. (See above table) Higher Education OR Employment
Level 3 3 AS/A Levels An average point score of 5 to 6.5 - depends on subject with specific GCSE requirements. (See above table) Higher Education OR Employment

Entry requirements for all other qualifications:

LEVEL
Subject
POINT SCORE
What this might lead to
Level 3 BTEC / CACHE / C&G / NVQ /OCR / UAL qualifications

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-5 or Distinction/Merit/A*-C/9-5 on a Level 2 Diploma with specific GCSE requirements. See individual course page.

Higher Education OR Employment
Level 2 GCSE Pathway 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, including English and Maths at grade 3. Level 3 course
Level 2 BTEC / CACHE / C&G / NVQ /OCR / UAL qualifications 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or a Level 1 Diploma at Pass with GCSE English and Maths at grade 3. See individual course page. Level 3 BTEC / CACHE / C&G / UAL course
Level 1 BTEC / CACHE / UAL qualifications 4 GCSEs as grade E-F/2-1 including English and Maths at grade 2. See individual course page. Level 2 course
Entry level 1,2,3 Various courses Successful interview Dependent on progress

Average points score

The average points score for entry on to an AS/A level programme will be calculated from: your best 8 GCSEs OR your best 6 GCSEs and a maximum of 1 technical qualification (equivalent to 2 GCSEs). Please see key for points calculation.

Each GCSE grade is allocated points. Points are totalled and divided by the relevant number of GCSEs - this gives your average points score.

Points are calculated as follows:

GCSE grades 
 Points 
A*  8
A  7
B  6
C  5
D  4
E  3
F  2
G  1

1 x technical
qualification
(equivalent to
2 GCSEs)

 10

From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

RuTC entry requirements 2017