General Entry Requirements

For all Level 3 pathways five 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: 5 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: 5 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.

A LEVEL

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
Economics
English Lang & LitGrade 6 in English Language is desirable.
English LitGrade 6 in English Literature is desirable.
Further MathsGrade 7In some circumstances a grade 6 will be considered.
GeographyGrade 6 in Geography if taken.
Graphic CommunicationGrade 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.
Media studies
PhotographyPrevious A,D &T portfolio experience is beneficial.
PhysicsGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Physics.
Politics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
SpanishGrade 6 in GCSE Spanish.
TextilesGCSE 6 in Textiles or previous portfolio evidence

VOCATIONAL COURSES – LEVEL 3

SubjectRequirements 
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 5 in Science is desirable.
Cambridge Technical IT - Int Diploma / DiplomaMerit at Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.
BTEC Performing Arts Extended Certificate - ActingIt is not essential for you to have studied GCSE Drama although you will be expected to have some comparable performance experience.
BTEC Performing Arts Extended Certificate - Music PerformanceIt is not essential for you to have studied GCSE Music or any music qualification at Level 2. If you have not studied Music before, you will need to attend an informal interview with a teacher from the Music Department for them to ascertain your commitment, prior knowledge, skills and enthusiasm, and therefore suitability for the course
BTEC Performing Arts Extended Certificate - Music TechnologyIt is not essential for you to have studied GCSE Music or any other qualifications at Level 2, however if you have not studied Music before, you will need to attend an informal interview with a teacher from the Music Department for them to ascertain your commitment, prior knowledge, skills and enthusiasm, and therefore suitability for the course.
required.
AQA Applied Science - Extended CertificateGrade 5's in Maths and Science subjects
BTEC Art & Design Extended CertificateAn interest in or experience of Art and Design is essential. It is preferable if you have studied a creative subject at GCSE.
WJEC Food Science & Nutrition Applied DiplomaGrade 5 in GCSE Science. GCSE in Food Technology preferable

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
  • Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma = 360 GLH or equivalent to 2 A levels
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma = 720 GLH or equivalent to 2 A levels
  • WJEC Applied Diploma = 360 GLH or equivalent to 1 A level

All Diploma courses are studied over 2 years.

Extended Certificate/Introductory Diploma 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.

GCSE and VOCATIONAL – LEVEL 2

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.