General Entry Criteria

Given the significant national changes to GCSEs, A levels and BTEC qualifications we are keeping our entry thresholds under constant review.  The table below summarises our 2018 criteria.

Subject Specific Entry Criteria
A full list of subject specific entry criteria can be found here.
The entry criteria listed are accurate at the time of the publication of the prospectus. They are, however, subject to revision as further information and clarification is made by the Department for Education regarding the structure and assessment methodologies applied to the developing curriculum going forward. All changes will be notified via the College website.
Please note the awarding body for all BTEC qualifications recently made the decision to extend the current BTEC courses in our offer beyond 2018. This means that for 2018 entry, all Level 3 vocational subjects will continue to be assessed by coursework only.


Admissions information
Diagnostic assessments and GCSE English and Maths requirements
  • Any student presenting with a GCSE grade 3 or 2 in English Language may need to attend a compulsory diagnostic session following enrolment
  • Any student presenting with a GCSE grade 3, 2 or 1 in Maths may need to attend a compulsory diagnostic session following enrolment
  • The diagnostic session will determine your GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths resit pathway, this is compulsory and we will fit this resit pathway into your study programme
  • Some progression pathways require a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language and/or Maths. If this is the case for your potential progression pathway, we may incorporate a relevant English Language and/or Maths resit pathway into your agreed study programme
Study Programmes
  • In some cases (where the choices are sensible for career options) a Level 3 study programme consisting of 2 vocational A Levels (Extended Certificates in the 2nd year) and 1 Linear A level may be appropriate. These should be referred to the Senior Admissions Team for consideration and to ensure that the study programme provides relevant progression opportunities
  • In some exceptional cases a Level 3 study programme consisting of a 3 individual vocational A Levels (Extended Certificates in the 2nd year) may be appropriate. These will be referred to the Senior Admissions Team for consideration and to ensure that the study programme provides relevant progression opportunities
  • You should choose no more than two predominantly practical/coursework based A Levels. If you want to combine three practical/coursework based A Levels, you should seriously consider an Extended Diploma course
Reference
  • Your school, college or employer reference must demonstrate an excellent record in terms of attendance and punctuality (at least 95%). The reference should also demonstrate excellent standards of behaviour and attitude to learning

The entry criteria listed are accurate at the time of the publication of the prospectus. They are, however, subject to revision as further information and clarification is made by the Department for Education regarding the structure and assessment methodologies applied to the developing curriculum going forward. All changes will be notified via the college website. Subject entry criteria; given the significant national changes to GCSEs, A levels and BTEC qualifications, we are keeping our entry criteria under constant review.  All changes will be notified via the college website.