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Entry Requirements

Below are the general minimum entry requirements, as a guideline. Some courses require GCSEs in specific subjects and grades and many courses require English/Maths at specific grades. For exact entry requires, please see individual courses

Entry requirements for A Level subjects (Level 3) including A Level equivalent subjects, referred to as 'applied':

The minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are English and Maths GCSE at Grade 5 and the minimum average GCSE point score is 5.0 across 8 GCSEs (Several A levels require a GCSE Average score of 5.5 or 5.75).

Individual subject entry requiremenst can be found in the table below.

SUBJECT
POINT SCORE
Minimum GCSE Requirements
Architecture A Level 5.0 GCSE English Language, Maths and Art at grade 5 and a demonstratable enthusiasm for drawing
Biology A Level 6.0 GCSE English Language at grade 5, Maths and Double Science or Biology at grade 6
Business A Level 5.75 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 6
Business (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5
Chemistry A Level 6.0 GCSE English Language at grade 5, Maths and Double Science or Chemistry at grade 6
Computer Science A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 6 (if no IT GCSE students need to show demonstratable ability in IT)
Criminology (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English Language grade 5
Economics A Level 5.75 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 6
English Language and Literature A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language and English Literature grade 5
English Literature A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language and English Literature at grade 5
Film Studies A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language at grade 5
Fine Art A Level 5.0 English Language and Art at grade 5 and a strong portfolio
Government and Politics A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language at grade 6
Graphics and Illustration A Level 5.0 GCSE English Language and Art at grade 5 and a strong portfolio
History: Modern European A Level 5.5 GCSE History or English Language/Literature at grade 6
Law A Level 5.75 GCSE English Language at grade 6
Law (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5
Mathematics A Level 6.0 GCSE English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 7
Media Studies A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language at grade 5
Music Technology A Level 5.0 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language at grade 6 and Maths at grade 5
Physics A Level 6.0 GCSE English Language at grade 5 and Double Science or Physics at grade 6

Psychology A Level

5.75 GCSE English Language, Maths and Science at grade 6
Psychology (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5
Sociology A Level 5.5 GCSE English Language at grade 6 and Maths at grade 4

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 A Levels An average point score of 6.5 or above - depends on subject with specific GCSE requirements. Higher Education OR Employment
Level 3 3 A Levels An average point score of 5 to 6.5 - depends on subject with specific GCSE requirements. Higher Education OR Employment

Entry requirements for vocational/technical qualifications:

LEVEL
Subject
POINT SCORE
What this might lead to
Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas/90 Credit Diplomas/Diplomas/Extended Diplomas (BTEC/ CACHE/C&G/ NVQ/OCR/UAL Qualifications)

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 or Distinction/Merit/A*-C/9-4 on a Level 2 Diploma with specific GCSE requirements. See individual courses page.

Higher Education OR Employment
Level 2 Certificates/Diplomas (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 courses page. Level 3 BTEC / CACHE / C&G / UAL course OR Employment
Level 1 BTEC / CACHE / UAL qualifications 4 GCSEs as grade E-F/2-1 including English and Maths at grade 2. See individual courses page. Level 2 course
Entry level 1,2,3 Various courses Successful interview Dependent on progress

Average points score

The average point score for entry on to an A Level programme will be calculated from your best 8 GCSEs OR your best 6 GCSEs and a maximum of 1 vocational qualification.

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

For students with numerical grades, points are calculated as follows:

Current grading structure

Points (for RuTC A Level calculation purposes)

9 9
8 8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1

1 x technical qualification (equivalent to 2 x GCSEs) = 10 points

For students with lettered grades, points are calculated as follows:

Old grading structure

Points (for RuTC A Level calculation purposes)

A* 8
A 7
B 6
C 5
D 4
E 3
F 2
G 1
1 x technical qualification (equivalent to 2 x GCSEs) = 10 points

 Please see below how new and old grading systems translate:

grading structure dfe 2021