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 Art portfolio evidence.
BiologyGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Biology. Grade 5 in English.
Business StudiesGrade 5 if taken for GCSE
ChemistryGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Chemistry. Grade 5 in English.
ComputingGrade 6
Core Maths (AS)Grade 5
DramaGCSE Drama is not essential but previous performance experience is desirable.
EconomicsGrade 5Grade 5 if taken for GCSE.
English LiteratureGrade 6 in English Literature.
PoliticsGrade 5 in English Literature.
GeographyGrade 6 in Geography if taken for GCSE.
Graphic DesignGrade 6 in Graphics or previous portfolio evidence.
HistoryGrade 6 in History if taken at GCSE. Preferably Grade 6 in English Language.
MathematicsGrade 6
Further MathsGrade 7
Media Studies
PhotographyPrevious photography experience is beneficial.
PhysicsGrade 666 in Double Science; if triple 665 with 6 in Physics. Grade 5 in English.
Psychology
SociologyGrade 5 in English Language is recommended.

VOCATIONAL COURSES – LEVEL 3

SubjectRequirements
BTEC Business
Diploma / Extended Certificate
Merit at BTEC Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths & English is desirable.
BTEC Health & Social Care
Diploma / Extended Certificate
Merit at BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care if taken.
Cambridge Technical Sport Extended CertificateGrade 5 in GCSE Maths.
Cambridge Technical Information Technology - Introductory Diploma / DiplomaMerit at Level 2 if taken; Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.
AQA Applied Science Extended CertificateGrade 5 in Maths. Grade 55 in Combined Science or 5's in Triple Science subjects
BTEC Art & Design Extended CertificateAn interest in or experience of Art & Design is essential. It 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
  • Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma = 360 GLH or equivalent to 1 A level
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma = 720 GLH or equivalent to 2 A levels.

All Diploma courses are studied over 2 years

Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma courses can be studied over 2 years (Year 12 students) or 1 year (Year 13 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