Our advice is to choose:

  • Subjects you enjoy
  • Subjects you are good at
  • Subjects you need for a specific career aim

Evidence shows that GCSE grades are a good guide when considering which subjects and what level of study is most suitable. Our Admissions Team will explore this with you once you’ve made your application and again at enrolment to help build a programme that is right for you.

Our study programmes are flexible and you can mix and match, combining A Levels with BTEC courses and GCSEs to suit your interests and career aims.

Making Your Post-16 Choices

Check out this useful guide by the RUSSELL GROUP on Informed Choices.

Level Three Courses

A Levels

A Levels are subject-based qualifications, studied across two years. Assessment is through exams and coursework. With A Levels, you can progress onto university, employment or a
higher apprenticeship.

You can select three A Levels to form a full study programme. Alternatively, you can combine A Levels with a BTEC/CTEC Diploma or Extended Certificate to create a full study

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 at grade 4 (language preferred)
  • Meet any specific subject criteria

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

T Levels

T Levels are a brand new two year qualification designed to give you a head start towards the career you want. They have been designed for 16 to 19-year-olds and offer a mixture of
classroom learning and work placement. They follow GCSEs, gain you UCAS points and are equivalent to three A Levels.

Our T Levels have been developed with employers and businesses to prepare you to step straight into your chosen career, an apprenticeship or university. Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days, providing valuable experience in the workplace.

BTEC/CTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Both BTEC Nationals (BTEC) and Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) are Level 3 vocational qualifications that provide specialist, work-related learning in a range of sectors.

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

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

BTEC/CTEC Level 3 Diploma and BTEC/CTEC Extended Certificate

These are full-time courses of study over two years. Both are predominately coursework based qualifications.
The Diploma is the equivalent of two A Levels and the Extended Certificate is the equivalent of one A Level, so you will need to combine these courses with each other or with A Levels to make a full programme. With a BTEC/CTEC Level 3 Diploma and A Levels/BTEC/CTEC Extended Certificate, you can progress onto university, an apprenticeship or employment.

To study a BTEC/CTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma you will need to have achieved:

  • Four GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma
  • If you want to add an A Level with your BTEC/CTEC, you will need to meet the entry criteria for A Levels

Entry Requirements

Find out the entry requirements for your chosen course(s).

GCSE Courses

Didn’t quite get the results you were hoping for? We offer the following GCSE courses for students who just missed out on gaining a grade 4:

  • English
  • Maths

Students studying these courses will be mainly on BTEC Level 2 courses.

On successful completion, you could progress to Level 3 courses or go on to employment or an apprenticeship.

CTEC Level 2 Foundation Pathway Courses

Our Foundation Pathway courses get you ready for our higher level courses or for the world of work. Classes are inclusive and supportive; you will improve your English, Maths and ICT skills. We also help you to become more confident and ready for new challenges.
The BTEC Level 2 courses we offer are:

  • Science and Health

To study a CTEC Level 2 Foundation Pathway course, you will need to have achieved:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 3, or BTEC Merit equivalent including a grade 3 in GCSE English

How to work out your GCSE score

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 and Design: 7
  • Geography: 4
  • Drama: 3

Total equals 32 points.

Divided by the number of subjects which is 6.

Equals an average GCSE score of 5.3

Each GCSE result is given a number of points as outlined below:

  • 9 equals 9 points
  • 8 equals 8 points
  • 7 equals 7 points
  • 6 equals 6 points
  • 5 equals 5 points
  • 4 equals 5 points
  • 3 equals 3 points
  • 2 equals 2 points
  • 1 equals 1 point
  • U equals 0 points

Note: Grade 4 is valued at 5 points