Entry Requirements

Applicants must also meet specific course entry requirements (see below or on course page)
COMBINATIONS POSSIBLE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT
4 x AS/A level (only recommended for exceptionally able students)  7 GCSEs at A*-B with a minimum of 4 at A* or A including English Language and Maths at Grade 6 or above**
3 x AS/A level 6 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language or Maths at Grade 5 or above**
BTEC Level 3 Diploma 6 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language at Grade 4** or BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English at Grade 4**
BTEC Level 3 Certificate 5 GCSEs at Grade C** or BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit with English Language at Grade 4**
BTEC Level 2 Certificate 4 GCSEs at grade D or above with a minimum Grade 3 in English Language or Maths or Pass in Foundation Learning
Foundation Learning Interest in the subject areas, a willingness to work hard, complete assignments within a set time scale and to demonstrate exceptional attendance and punctuality
** Equivalent qualifications will be taken into consideration **2017 will see the introduction of the new GCSE grading scale of 9-1 in English language
Apprenticeship – Intermediate (Level 2): 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including English and Maths. As an apprentice you will be required to be in full time employment for minimum two years.
Apprenticeship – Advanced (Level 3): Successfully completed intermediate level apprenticeship or have five GCSEs at grade C or above. As an apprentice you will be required to be in full time employment for minimum two years.
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Specific course requirements

A levels

Art & Design (Fine Art) Grade C in Art, Textiles or Graphic Design if taken. Applicants who have not taken an Art-related GCSE course may be admitted to the course subject to satisfactory completion of a practical assessment task. OR Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art
Art & Design (Graphic Communication) Grade C in Art or Graphic Design OR Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art
Business Studies Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths OR Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths
Biology Grade A in Additional Science and Grade B in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Additional Science and Grade A in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Biology and Grade B in either Chemistry or Physics; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Chemistry Grade A in Additional Science and Grade B in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Additional Science and Grade A in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Chemistry and Grade B in either Biology or Physics; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Classical Civilisation Grade 5 in English Language Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a B in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability
Computer Science Grade B in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language. Grade 4 in English is acceptable if student has Grade 7 in Maths
Drama Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, Grade B in Drama OR Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature, and appropriate experience in performing in live theatre
Economics Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths
English (all courses) Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 English Literature
French Grade B in French
Geography Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 4 in Maths
Government & Politics Grade 5 in English Language Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a B in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability
History Grade 5 in English Language. Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a B in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability
Italian Grade B in Italian
Maths (Decision / Mechanics / Statistics) Grade 6 in Maths; GCSE score of 5.5 or above OR Grade 7 in Maths
Further Maths Grade 7 in Maths; GCSE score of 5.5 or above
Media Studies Grade 5 in English Language
Portuguese Grade B in Portuguese
Physics Grade A in Additional Science and Grade B in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Additional Science and Grade A in Core Science; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted) OR Grade B in Physics and Grade B in either Chemistry or Biology; Grade 6 in Maths; Grade 5 in English Language; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Psychology Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and Grade B in Science (Core, Additional or Applied) & GCSE score of at least 5.5 is advisable Students with either a Grade 4 in Maths or a Grade 4 in Science may be considered subject to availability
Religious Studies Grade 4 in English Language
Sociology Grade 5 in English Language or Grade B in Sociology Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a B in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability
Spanish Grade B in Spanish
NB: The following subjects do not require students to have studied the subject at GCSE level: Classical Civilisation, Geography, Government & Politics, Economics, History, Media, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology.

Vocational Qualifications – Level 3 Extended Diplomas

General entry requirements for all courses: Grade 4 in English Language AND 5 other GCSEs at Grade C (OR specified BTEC Level 2 Diploma – see below)
Applied Science Grade C in Core Science, Grade C in Additional Science and Grade 4 in Maths OR  BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science with Merit and Grade C in Maths
Art & Design Grade C in an Art-related qualification OR  BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with Merit
Business Grade 4 in Maths OR  BTEC Level 2 Diploma in related area with Merit
Creative Media Production   Grade C in Media OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Media with Merit
Football Programme Grade C in Core Science and Grade 4 in Maths
Health & Social Care Grade 4 in Maths and Grade C in Core Science preferred OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a relevant Level 2 qualification with Distinction
ICT Practitioners Grade 4 in Maths OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in ICT (or equivalent) with Merit and grade C in Maths
Performing and Production Arts Grade 4 in English language or English Literature and Grade C in GCSE Music, Dance, Drama or Expressive Arts OR Grade 4 in English language or English Literature and Pass in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts OR Grade 4 in English language or English Literature and appropriate experience in music, dance or drama performance
Sports & Exercise Sciences Grade C in Core Science and Grade 4 in Maths

Vocational Qualifications – Level 3 Diplomas

Engineering Grade 5 in Maths, Grade C in Core Science and Grade C in Additional Science OR Grade 5 in Maths, Grade C in two separate science GCSEs (Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics) OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with Merit and Grade 5 in Maths
Travel & Tourism 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including English Language OR Mathematics OR BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism (or related area) with Merit

Vocational Qualifications – Level 2 Diplomas

General entry requirements for all courses: 4 GCSEs at Grade D
Business Grade 3 in English Language and Maths
Health & Social Care Grade 4 in English Language preferred
Information Technology Grade 3 in English Language and Maths

Vocational Qualifications – Foundation Learning Diploma

There are no specific course entry requirements.  However, a good record of attendance and punctuality is needed with ability to meet deadlines and work individually and as part of a team.

** Please note that entry requirements are correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change.