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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) including A Level equivalent subjects, refered to as 'applied':

SUBJECT
POINT SCORE
Minimum GCSE Requirements
Architecture A Level 5.0 GCSE English, Maths and Art at grade 5
Biology A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 5 and Biology at grade 6 or Double Science
Business A Level 5.75 GCSE English and Maths at grade 6
Business (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Chemistry A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 5 and Chemistry at grade 6 or Double Science
Computer Science A Level 5.5 GCSE English and Maths at grade 6
Criminology (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Drama and Theatre Studies A Level 5.0 GCSE English and Drama at grade 5 (provided your school offered GCSE Drama)
Economics A Level 5.75 GCSE English and Maths at grade 6
English Literature A Level 5.5 GCSE English and English Literature at grade 5
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (Appplied)  5 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Film Studies A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 5
Fine Art A Level 5.0 GCSE English and Art at grade 5 plus a strong portfolio
Government and Politics A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 6
Graphics and Illustration A Level 5.0 GCSE English and an Art and Design subject at grade 5 plus a strong portfolio
History: Modern European A Level 5.5 GCSE English and History at grade 6
Law A Level 5.75 GCSE English at grade 6
Law (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Mathematics A Level 5.75 GCSE Maths at grade 7 and English at grade 5
Media Studies A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 5
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 6 and Maths at grade 5
Photography A Level 5.0 GCSE English and Art at grade 5 and a proven interest in photography
Physics A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 5 and Physics at grade 6 or Double Science
Professional Construction Practice (Applied) 5 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5

Psychology A Level

5.75 GCSE English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 6. Science at grade 6 is also preferred
Psychology (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Public Services (Applied) 5.0 GCSE English and Maths at grade 5
Science (Applied) 5.0

GCSE English and Maths at grade 5

Sociology A Level 5.5 GCSE English at grade 6

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. 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. Higher Education OR Employment

Entry requirements for all other 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/9-5 or Distinction/Merit/A*-C/9-5 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.

Points are calculated as follows:

Current grading structure

Points (for RuTC A Level calculation purposes)

Old grading structure 
 Points (for RuTC A Level calculaton purposes)
9 9    
8 8 A*  8
7 7 A  7
6 6 B  6
5 5 C  5
4 4 D  4
3 3 E  3
2 2 F  2
1 1 G  1

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