Subject Specific Requirements

At New College we offer a wide range of A-Level courses. The advantage of following an A-Level programme is that you are able to keep your options open and not specialise or go down a particular route before you are ready.

Alternatively, if you know which subject you would like to specialise in you should consider one of our applied general qualifications such as a BTEC Extended Diplomas (3 A Level equivalent) or combine the two.

The combination of subjects you choose is very important as your future aspirations and interests could depend on them.

Please note that students must have passed a minimum of 5 GCSE courses.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements – A-Levels

A-LevelExam BoardEntry RequirementMinimum GCSE Points Score
Accounting AQAGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 6 Maths4.5
Fine Art EDUQASGrade 6 Creative Subject and Grade 4 in English Language. If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be required.n/a
Biology AQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths if studied)
Business AQAGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 Maths4.5
Chemistry AQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths if studied)
Computer Science OCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Computer Science5.6
Dance AQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an auditionn/a
Drama EDUQASGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an audition4.5
Economics AQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.0
English Language AQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
English Literature and Language Combined EDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
English Literature EDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
Film Studies EDUQUASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
French AQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 in French5.6 (or a 7 in French)
Geography AQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 in Geography and a Grade 4 in Maths5.0
Geology WJECGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science5.0
Politics EDEXCELGrade 5 English Language5.0
Graphic Design EDUQASGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied).If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be required.n/a
History AQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 History (if studied)5.0
Law OCRGrade 5 English Language4.5
Mathematics AQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
Further Mathematics AQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 8 Maths5.6
Media Studies EDUQASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
Music EDUQASGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied) and Grade 5 standard in practical and theory. (plus audition)4.5
Photography EDEXCELGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied). If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be required.n/a
Physical Education OCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 PE and Grade 5-5 Combined Science, and must be currently playing a competitive sport4.5
Physics AQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths if studied)
Psychology AQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science5
Religious StudiesEDUQASGrade 5 English Language4.5
Sociology AQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
Spanish AQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 Spanish5.6 (or 7 in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion Design EDUQASGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 in a creative arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied).If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be required.n/a

Subject Specific Entry Requirements – Applied General

All Applied General qualifications will require a GCSE point score of at least 3.5. Some courses may require higher and this will be discussed at interview.

Please refer to our admissions policy on our website for more details.

CourseExa,m BoardEntry RequirementMinimum GCSE Points Score
Art and Design Practice (Extended Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied). If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be required.n/a
Photography (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and a grade 4 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)n/a
Business (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Business (BTEC Diploma) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Business (BTEC Extended Diploma) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Childcare Certificate (then Diploma in yr2) (Early Yrs) CACHEGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 3 Maths3.5
Criminology (WJEC Diploma) WJECGrade 5 in English Language4.5
Digital Games Production GAMES DESIGNBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Creative Digital Media Practice (BTEC Extended Diploma) GAMES DESIGNBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Creative Digital Media Production (BTEC Extended Certificate) MEDIABTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care (BTEC Extended Certificate)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health &Social Care (BTEC Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care (BTEC Extended Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4-4 Science3.5
IT (OCR Cambridge Technical Extended certificate)OCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
IT (OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma)OCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
IT (OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma) OCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Applied Law (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Sound Engineering (BTEC Extended Certificate) was Music TechnologyBTECGrade 4 in EnglishLanguage and Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)3.5
Music (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied). (plus audition)3.5
Performing and Production Arts (Diploma) UALGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Performing and Production Arts (Extended Diploma) UALGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Performance (Dance) (BTEC Extended Certificate) Tech level. BTECGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Psychology (BTEC Extended Certificate) NEW BTECGrade 4 English Language, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4-4 Science3.5
Public Services (BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)*BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Public Services (BTEC Extended Diploma) *BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Applied Science (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Medical Science (WJEC Diploma) WJECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science 4.5
Sport (BTEC Extended Certificate)  BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport (BTEC Diploma) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport (BTEC Extended Diploma) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5