Our advice is to choose:
- Subjects you enjoy
- Subjects you are good at
- Subjects which will support your career ambitions
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 to suit your interests and career aims.
Level 3 Courses
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 to create a full study programme.
In order to study an A Level programme, you 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 are two-year qualifications 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 315 hours, providing valuable experience in the workplace.
BTEC Extended Diploma
BTEC Nationals (BTEC) 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 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. With a BTEC Extended Diploma, you can progress onto university, employment or a higher apprenticeship.
BTEC Diploma and Extended Qualification
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 Qualification 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 Level 3 Diploma and A Levels/BTEC Extended Qualification, you can progress onto university, an apprenticeship or employment.
To study a BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma or Extended Qualification a 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
Find out the entry requirements for your chosen course(s).
Level 2 Courses
Didn’t quite get the results you were hoping for? We offer Level 2 courses for students whose grades fall below the standard entry criteria for a Level 3 programme. If you are missing a grade in GCSE Maths or English, then you may be eligible for some Level 3 programmes. If you are missing both GCSE Maths and English then you are eligible for the Level 2 offer.
For example, if you just missed out on passing GCSE Maths, you could resit GCSE Maths alongside studying a Level 3 course. Our college team can help you with this.