In order to study an A Level programme, you will 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 subject-specific criteria

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.

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

Each GCSE result 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 points

**Grade 4 is valued at 5 points.

To study a BTEC 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, you will need to meet the entry criteria for A Levels

View more information on BTEC courses and guidance on choosing your course.

Level 3 BTEC courses explained

▲▲▲ BTEC Extended Diploma = Equivalent to 3 A Levels

▲▲ BTEC Level 3 Diploma = Equivalent to 2 A Levels

▲ BTEC Extended Certificate = Equivalent to 1 A Level


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
  • Science

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.

The BTEC Level 2 courses we offer are:
• Business and IT
• Creative Digital Media Production
• Science and Health

To study a BTEC 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

View more information on our Level 2 courses