Admissions Criteria

A Levels and International A Levels

Pathway 1

• The minimum entry requirement is at least 5 grades at grade 5 at GCSE level to study 3 A Levels
• International A Level Courses can be taken alongside the UK A Level courses and/or BTEC’s. The International A Level courses
have the same credibility for entry to universities. However, unlike the UK A Level courses some of the international courses are
modular and therefore can write off part of the course as they are moving through Year 12 and 13

Combination of A Levels and BTEC Level 3

Pathway 2

•The minimum entry requirement is at least 5 grades at grade 5 at GCSE’s


BTEC Nationals

Pathway 3

• Minimum entry requirement is at least 4 GCSE grades at grade 5

You will normally be expected to have gained at least a GCSE grade B or 6 in the A level subjects you wish to study. However, some subjects have higher or additional requirements, therefore please refer to the grid below and the subject-specific pages for exact entry criteria. Those students wishing to study four A Levels subjects will require six GCSE grades at A/7 or above.

SubjectExam BoardSubject Specific GCSE Grade RequirementsOpportunity at A level without GCSE in subject
Art & DesignEdexcelGrade 6 in Art or portfolioYes
BiologyAQAGrade 6 at GCSE BiologyYes
Business StudiesEdexcelYes
ChemistryAQAGrade 6 in GCSE ChemistryNo
Computer ScienceAQAGrade 6 in any GCSENo
Design & TechnologyAQA/OxfordYes
Drama & Theatre StudiesEdexcelGrade 5 in EnglishYes
English LiteratureEdexcelGrade 6 in English LanguageYes
FrenchAQAGrade 6 in GCSE FrenchNo
HistoryEdexcelGrade 6 in any GCSEYes
MathematicsOxford AQAGrade 6 in GCSE MathematicsNo
Physical EducationEdexcelGrade 6 in any GCSEYes
PhysicsAQAGrade 6 in GCSE PhysicsNo
PsychologyEdexcelGrade 6 in GCSE BiologyYes
BTEC National Diploma
Business StudiesPearson4 GCSE grades at grade 5Yes
Information TechnologyPearson4 GCSE grades at grade 5Yes
Sports Level 3Pearson4 GCSE grades at grade 5Yes

*Individual cases may be considered if students do not meet some of these requirements.

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