We will be revising our entry requirements during 2017/18 to take account of the new changes to GCSEs grading as well as significant reforms to be both A Level and BTEC qualifications.

We will ensure we explain any changes we make when we talk through your course choices with you and visit your schools. If your goal is to study A levels you should be aiming to achieve a grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths. We have included last year’s entry requirements below as broad guidance.


How to work out your GCSE score

Each GCSE grade is given a number of points as outlined here:

9=9 points
8=8 points
7=7 points
6=6 points
5=5 points
4=5 points*
3=3 points
2=2 points
1=1 point
U=0 point

*Grade 4 grade is valused at 5 points


Write down the GCSE subjects you have taken and the results that you have achieved or hope to get. Then add the points together and divide by the number of subjects you have taken. For instance:

English = 6

Maths = 5

History = 6

Art & Design = 7

Geography = 4*

Drama = 3

Total 32 points. Divided by number of subjects (6) = 5.3 average GCSE score

A levels are subject-based qualifications. They are two-year courses similar to GCSEs but at a higher level in a varied range of subjects. You will need to select three A levels to form a full time programme. You will be assessed through exams and for some subjects, coursework also.

With A Levels you can progress to university or into employment or a higher apprenticeship.

In order to study an A level programme students need to have achieved:

  • At least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 in one sitting.
  • An average GCSE score of 5 is preferred but not essential.
  • GCSE English, (Language preferred)
  • Meet the specific subject criteria as outlined in the course info.

To follow a Science A level programme, one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, you will need at least an average GCSE score of 5.5 plus a minimum GCSE grade 6 in Maths and a 6 in Science (Core) and 6 in Additional Science (or 6 in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics.)

This is a full-time course of study over two years. A good option if you have done well at GCSE but want something more vocational to suit your career choice. BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content.

You will be assessed predominantly through coursework, which will range from practical tasks, presentations, assignments as well as work experience. The Extended Diploma is equivalent of three A Levels and you can take a GCSE alongside as well. With a BTEC Extended Diploma you can progress to university or into employment or onto a higher apprenticeship.

To start the GCSE programme you need to have achieved:

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 3, including a 3 in GCSE English
  • Overseas applicants will be required to take a Literacy and Numeracy test and must score the equivalent of a D or IELTS 5.5 (Reading and Writing).