Entry Requirements

Our basic entry requirements for all Level 3 courses is a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language.

This table outlines any additional entry requirements for each of our courses.

A Level Courses (Level 3)

SubjectEnglish Language GCSEMathematics GCSEOther GCSE RequirementsNotes
Architecture / 3D DesignGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Art & Design subject preferred if taken at GCSEHigher grades in GCSE Art preferred. If Art not taken at GCSE, portfolio evidence is required
BiologyGrade 4Grade 5 Minimum grade 6 in Biology and one other GCSE Science subject, or 6's in Double ScienceHigher grades in Sciences preferred
Business StudiesGrade 5Grade 5No previous experience of this subject is required
ChemistryGrade 4Grade 6Minimum grade 6 in Chemistry and one other GCSE science subject or 6's in Double ScienceHigher grades in Science preferred
Classical CivilisationGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
Computer ScienceGrade 4Grade 5Grade 5 in Computer Science if taken
Digital Art & DesignGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Art & Design subject preferred if taken at GCSENo previous experience of this subject is required
Drama & Theatre StudiesGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Drama if taken at GCSE or Merit in a Performing Arts Level 2 vocational courseStudents must have previous experience of Drama if not taken at GCSE
EconomicsGrade 5Grade 5No previous experience of this subject required
English LanguageGrade 5
English Language & LiteratureGrade 5Grade 5 or above in English LiteratureGCSEs in English Language and Literature preferred
English LiteratureGrade 5Grade 6 or above in English LiteratureGCSEs in English Language and Literature preferred
Film StudiesGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
Fine Art & DesignGrade 4Grade 5 or above in Art if taken at GCSEHigher grades in GCSE Art preferred. Evidence of confident drawing ability shown through a portfolio will be required at interview for all candidates
FrenchGrade 5Grade 6 or above if taken at GCSE Higher grades in French preferred
GeographyGrade 5Grade 4Grade 4 or above in Geography if taken at GCSE It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Geography
GermanGrade 5Grade 6 or above in GCSE German
Graphic CommunicationGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Art & Design subject preferred if taken at GCSE
HistoryGrade 5Grade 4 or above in History if taken at GCSEIt is not necessary to have studied GCSE History
LawGrade 5No previous experience of this subject is required
Mathematics (Further)Grade 4Grade 7Higher grades preferred in GCSE Mathematics. You must also enrol on A Level Mathematics
Mathematics (Pure)Grade 4Grade 6
Media StudiesGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
Philosophy, Religion & EthicsGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
PhotographyGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Art & Design subject preferred if taken at GCSE No previous experience of this subject is required
PhysicsGrade 4Grade 6Minimum grade 6 in Physics and one other GCSE Science subject or a 6 in Double ScienceStudents taking Physics are also required to take A Level Mathematics
PoliticsGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
PsychologyGrade 4Grade 5Grade 4 GCSE in ScienceNo previous experience of this subject is required
SociologyGrade 4No previous experience of this subject is required
SpanishGrade 5Grade 6 in Spanish if taken at GCSE
StatisticsGrade 4Grade 6

Vocational Courses (Level 3)

SubjectEnglish GCSEMathematics GCSEOther GCSE RequirementsNotes
Applied LawGrade 4
Applied PsychologyGrade 4
Art & DesignGrade 4Grade 4 in Art based subject (if taken) or portfolio evidence required
BusinessGrade 4Grade 4
Core MathematicsGrade 4Grade 4Prefer a Grade 5 in Mathematics
CriminologyGrade 4
Digital Media (Games Development)Grade 4
DanceGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Dance (if taken) or Level 2 Vocational Performance qualification Merit or aboveStudents must have previous experience of Dance if not taken at GCSE
Digital MediaGrade 4
Digital Media JournalismGrade 4
Elite FootballGrade 4Grade 5 in Physical Education preferredExperience of playing club level preferred
EsportsGrade 4Students enrolling on this course should have an active interest in gaming and have some experience of online gaming in particular
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)Grade 4This is usually completed in the second year
Foundation JournalismGrade 4
Health & Social CareGrade 4This course includes a large amount of Science theory within the teaching and you will be taking an exam linked to the human body
ITGrade 4
Medical ScienceGrade 4Grade 4Grade 4 or above in GCSE Science
Music PerformanceGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Music or level 2 Vocational Music qualification Merit or aboveStudents must play an instrument (inc voice) and successfully audition for a place on the course
Music TechnologyGrade 4Grade 4 or above in Music preferred or level 2 Vocational Music qualification Merit or above
Performing ArtsGrade 4Grade 4 or above in performance subject at GCSE Level 2 Vocational Performance qualification Merit or aboveStudents must have previous experience of either acting, singing or dance if not taken at GCSE
Personal TrainingGrade 4Students need to have completed the Instructing Exercise & Fitness Level 2 course before progressing on to this qualification
Sport Coaching & DevelopmentGrade 4Please see the detailed course description before choosing your preferred Sport course
Uniformed Public ServicesGrade 4Aspects of the course are physically demanding

Level 2 (and below) Courses

SubjectEnglish GCSEMathematics GCSEOther GCSE RequirementsNotes
English Language GCSEGrade 3 or below required
Mathematics GCSEGrade 3 required
Functional Skills Level 2 MathematicsGrade 2 required
Functional Skills Level 1 MathematicsGrade 1/U required
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)Not requiredNot required

The following Level 2 vocational courses require only the general entry requirement of 5 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English Language

SubjectEnglish Language GCSEMathematics GCSEOther GCSE RequirementsNotes
BusinessGrade 3
Health & Social CareGrade 3
ICT & Games DevelopmentGrade 3
Instructing Exercise & FitnessGrade 3Aspects of this course are physically demanding
Public ServicesGrade 3Aspects of this course are physically demanding
SportGrade 3Aspects of this course are physically demanding

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