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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
(All listed below require a minimum GCSE English Language at grade 5)
Architecture 5.25 + Maths 5 + Art C (with an ability to draw)
Business 5.75 + Maths 6 + English 6 - Requires a separate interview with the Business team.
Business Vocational (AS equivalent) 5 + Maths 5 - Requires a separate interview with the Business team.
Computer Science 5.75 + Maths 6 + English 6
Dance (AS equivalent) 5.0 Requires audition
Drama and Theatre Studies 5.0 + Drama C (provided your school offered this subject)
English Language 5.0 + English Language 6
English Lang Lit 5.0 + English Literature 5
English Lit 5.0 + English Literature 5
Film Studies 5.5  
Fine Art 5.0 + Art C (plus strong portfolio)
French 5.5 + French B
Government and Politics 5.5 + English 6
Graphics and Illustration 5.0 + Art C or Graphic Design C (plus strong portfolio)
History: Medieval 5.5 + English 6 or History B
History: Modern American 5.5 + English 6 or History B
History: Modern European 5.5 + English 6 or History B
Law Vocational (AS Equivalent) 5.0  
Maths 5.75 + Maths 6 (preferably 7)
Maths (Further) 6.0 + Maths 8
Media Studies 5.5  
Music - Performance (AS equivalent) 5.0 + grade 4 on a musical instrument or voice - Requires a separate interview with the Music team.
Music Technology - Production (AS equivalent) 5.0 Requires a separate interview with the Music team.
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion 5.5 + Maths 5 + English 6
Photography 5.0 + Art C (plus a proven interest in photography)
Psychology  5.75 + Maths 6 + Science B (if taken triple Science, Biology should be a B)
Sociology 5.5 + English 6
Spanish 5.5 + Spanish B

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 or Distinction/Merit/A*-C 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 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 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 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 16 18 Entry Requirements 2017 18 p2

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