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.
|Subject||GCSE Maths||Other Requirements|
|Art||GCSE 5 in Art or previous portfolio evidence.|
|Biology||Grade 6||66 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Biology.|
|Chemistry||Grade 6||66 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Chemistry.|
|Core Maths (AS)||Grade 5|
|English Lang & Lit||Grade 6 in English Language is desirable.|
|English Lit||Grade 6 in English Literature is desirable.|
|Further Maths||Grade 7||In some circumstances a grade 6 will be considered.|
|Geography||Grade 6 in Geography if taken.|
|Graphic Communication||Grade 6 in Graphics or previous portfolio evidence.|
|History||Grade 6 in History if taken. Preferably Grade 6 in English Language. If not taken History, definitely a 6 in English Language.|
|Mathematics||Grade 6||In exceptional circumstances Grade 5 will be considered. In exceptional circumstances Grade 4 in English Language may be considered.|
|Photography||Previous A,D &T portfolio experience is beneficial.|
|Physics||Grade 6||66 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Physics.|
|Spanish||Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish.|
|Textiles||GCSE 6 in Textiles or previous portfolio evidence|
VOCATIONAL COURSES – LEVEL 3
|Merit at BTEC Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths & English is desirable.|
|BTEC Health & Social Care|
|Merit at BTEC Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE English is desirable.|
|Cambridge Technical Sport - Extended Certificate||Grade 5 in GCSE Maths & Grade 5 in Science is desirable.|
|Cambridge Technical IT - Int Diploma / Diploma||Merit at Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.|
|BTEC Performing Arts Extended Certificate - Acting||It 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 Performance||It 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 Technology||It 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.|
|AQA Applied Science - Extended Certificate||Grade 5's in Maths and Science subjects|
|BTEC Art & Design Extended Certificate||An 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 Diploma||Grade 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.