General Entry Requirements

For all Level 3 pathways six passes (9-4) or more at GCSE’s are required including at least Grade 4 in Maths and/or English Language.  The following Level 3 pathways are available:

  • STEM Pathway: 6 passes 9 – 6 including English and Maths grade 6. Three A level choices from: Maths*, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science. Plus, level 3 Extended Project. *Maths essential
  • Advanced Pathway: 6 GCSE’s 9 – 4 including English and Maths grade 4. Subject specific criteria apply (see below). A level/Vocational choices with Extended Project or Core Maths.
  • Transition Pathway: 6 GCSE’s 9 – 4 including grade 4 in English or Maths. Vocational Diploma plus 1 other Level 3 course. GCSE English or Maths as required.


SubjectGCSE MathsOther Requirements
AccountancyGrade 6
ArtGCSE 5 in Art or previous portfolio evidence.
BiologyGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Biology.
Business St
ChemistryGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Chemistry.
ComputingGrade 6
Core Maths (AS)Grade 5
DramaGCSE Drama is not essential but previous performance experience is desirable.
English Lang & LitGrade 6 in English Language is desirable.
English LitGrade 6 in English Literature is desirable.
GeographyGrade 6 in Geography if taken.
Graphic DesignGrade 6 in Graphics or previous portfolio evidence.
HistoryGrade 6 in History if taken. Preferably Grade 6 in English Language. If not taken History, definitely a 6 in English Language.
MathematicsGrade 6In exceptional circumstances Grade 5 will be considered. In exceptional circumstances Grade 4 in English Language may be considered.
Further MathsGrade 7In some circumstances a grade 6 will be considered.
Media studies
PhotographyPrevious A,D &T portfolio experience is beneficial.
PhysicsGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Physics.
Religious Studies
SpanishGrade 6 in GCSE Spanish.


BTEC Business
Diploma/Ext Cert
Merit at BTEC Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths & English is desirable.
BTEC Health & Social Care
Diploma/Ext Cert
Merit at BTEC Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE English is desirable.
Cambridge Technical Sport - Extended CertificateGrade 5 in GCSE Maths & Grade C in Science is desirable.
Cambridge Technical IT - Int Diploma / DiplomaMerit at Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.
Access to Music BTEC Subsidiary DiplomaAbility and commitment. An audition is required.
AQA Applied Science - Extended CertificateGrade 5's in Maths and Science subjects
BTEC Art & Design Extended CertificateIt is preferable if you have studied a creative subject at GCSE

Guide to Vocational Qualifications

We offer the following Level 3 vocational qualifications:

  • BTEC / Cambridge Diploma = 720 GLH or equivalent to 2 A levels
  • BTEC/ AQA / Cambridge Extended Certificate = 360 GLH or equivalent to 1 A level
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma = 180 GLH or equivalent to an AS level
  • Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma = 360 GLH or equivalent to 2 A levels

All Diploma courses are studied over 2 years.

Extended Certificate courses can be studied over 2 years (Yr12 students) or 1 year (Yr13 students)

Equivalence is hard to define but in simple terms the qualification is worth the same number of UCAS points; so an A level or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate are worth the same number of UCAS points.


To access the level 2 pathway students will need a majority of grade 3’s at GCSE. Students will be required to take GCSE’s in English and Mathematics (unless they have a grade 4) alongside a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in either Health and Social Care or Business Administration. These courses will run for one year and once completed successfully will enable you to progress onto Level 3 courses in the following year.

The Cambridge Technical Diploma courses are equivalent to 3 GCSE’s.