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Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Academic Courses – A Levels

 

Course

Minimum Grade Requirement

Additional Grade Requirement

 

Biology          

GCSE Combined Science – grades 6-6 

GCSE Triple Science, Biology grade 6

 

GCSE Mathematics grade 5

 

Business Studies           

Grade 5 in GCSE Business Studies

 

If not previously studied, then a grade 5 in a related subject is required.

 

 

Chemistry     

GCSE Combined Science – grades 6-6 

GCSE Triple Science Chemistry grade 6

 

GCSE Mathematics grade 5

Computer Science

 

Grade 5 in GCSE Computer Science           

GCSE Mathematics grade 5

Design and Technology: Product Design

 

Grade 5 in a related Technology subject

 

Design and Technology: Textiles

Grade 5 in a related Technology subject

 

Drama & Theatre Studies          

Grade 5 in GCSE Drama. 

If not previously studied, then a grade 5 in a related subject is required.

 

 

Economics     

Grade 5 in GCSE Business Studies, or

Merit in BTEC First Certificate in Business

If not previously studied, then a grade 5 in a related subject is required

 

GCSE Mathematics grade 5

 

 

English Language

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature Grade 5

 

English Literature

Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature

 

 

Fine Art

Grade 5 in GCSE Art

External candidates will be required to show a portfolio or digital examples of their GCSE work, which will form part of their bridging or transition work

 

 

 

Geography    

Grade 5 in GCSE Geography.

If not previously studied, then a grade 5 in a related subject (e.g. History) is required.

 

 

History           

 

Grade 5 in GCSE History      

 

 

Mathematics 

Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

 

 

Further Mathematics 

 

Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics        

 

Level 3 Core Mathematics 

Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics        

This would be an additional subject, to be studied alongside the usual three A Level/BTEC courses, and would be suitable for students who are not studying A Level Mathematics but would benefit from studying a Mathematics course, for example Science or Business Studies students.

 

 

Media Studies           

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language

or

Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature

 

 

Modern Foreign Languages (French/Spanish)

 

Grade 6 in the relevant Language GCSE

 

 

 

 

Music

Grade 5 in GCSE Music if studied

Students must be able to play an instrument or sing to at least grade 4 standard for year 1 and grade 5 level for year 2.

An audition will also be required for external students.

 

Photography

 

Grade 5 in GCSE Art

 

External candidates will be required to show a portfolio or digital examples of their GCSE work, which will form part of their bridging or transition work

 

Physical Education

Grade 5 in GCSE Physical Education, or

Merit in BTEC Sport.

If not studied previously, then a grade 5 in a related subject is required.           

In order to succeed at higher level, students will be required to perform at a high level in a minimum of 2 activities. Please see the PE staff for further information.

 

 

 

 

Physics          

GCSE Combined Science – grades 6-6 

or

GCSE Triple Science Physics grade 6

 

GCSE Mathematics grade 6

Psychology   

GCSE Combined Science – grades 5-5

or

GCSE Triple Science Biology grade 5

 

GCSE Maths grade 5

 

Religious Studies           

Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Education. 

If not studied previously, then a grade 5 in a related subject is required.           

 

 

 

 

Sociology      

GCSE English Language grade 5

One additional ‘written subject’ (e.g. History) at grade 5

 

 

Vocational Courses (BTEC and Level 3 Diploma)

Course

 

Minimum Grade Requirement

Additional Grade Requirement

Applied  Law - BTEC

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

 

 

Applied Science – BTEC

 

GCSE Combined Science: grades 4,4

 

GCSE Triple Science: two grade 4s

 

Business -BTEC

 

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

If Business has been studied at Level 2, then a grade 4 is required

 

Criminology – WJEC Applied Diploma

 

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

A ‘written’ subject, such as History, Geography, RE or Business at grade 4 would be expected

Financial Studies – LiBF Diploma

 

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

 

 

Food Science and Nutrition – WJEC Diploma

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

GCSE Food Nutrition and Preparation grade 4

 

GCSE Combined Science

grade 4-4

 

Health and Social Care - BTEC

 

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

If Health and Social Care has been studied at Level 2, a Merit is required

Sport - BTEC           

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

 

 

Tourism – WJEC Applied Diploma           

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

A ‘written’ subject, such as History, Geography, RE or Business at grade 4 would be expected

 

Vocational IT Courses

Five GCSEs at grade 4, including English and Maths

 

This course will either be Digital Media (Cambridge Technical) or IT (BTEC).  The Computer Science Department will make a final decision on which course will be taught based on students’ preferences on application. Both courses are offered as single or double award options.

 

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