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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
AccountingAQA
Grade 4 English Language and a Grade 6 Maths
4.5
Fine ArtEDUQASGrade 6 Creative Subject and Grade 4 in English Language. If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be requiredn/a
BiologyAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6
BusinessAQAGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 Maths4.5
ChemistryAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
Computer ScienceOCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Computer Science5.6
DanceAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an auditionn/a
DramaEDUQASGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an audition4.5
EconomicsAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.0
English LanguageAQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
English Literature and Language CombinedEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
English LiteratureEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
Film StudiesEDUQUASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
FrenchAQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 in French5.6 (or 7 in French)
GeographyAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 in Geography and a Grade 4 in Maths5.0
GeologyWJECGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science5.0
Graphic DesignEDUQUASGrade 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 requiredn/a
HistoryAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 History (if studied)5.0
LawOCRGrade 5 English Language4.5
MathsAQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 7 Maths5.6
Further MathsAQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 8 Maths5.6
Media StudiesEDUQASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
MusicEDUQASGrade 5 English language, GCSE Music grade 6 or BTEC distinction (if taken) or the ability to perform at grade 5 level minimum. All students must have an audition. All students should be willing to work towards grade 5 theory if not already taken and aim to be a minimum of grade 6 practical by year 13.n/a
PhotographyEDEXCELGrade 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 requiredn/a
Physical EducationOCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 PE and Grade 5-5 Combined Science, and must be currently playing a competitive sport4.5
PhysicsAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
PoliticsEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language5.0
PsychologyAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science5.0
Religion, Ethics and Philosophy EDUQASGrade 5 English Language4.5
SociologAQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
SpanishAQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 Spanish5.6 (or 7 in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion DesignEDUQASGrade 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 requiredn/a

Subject Specific Entry Requirements – Applied General

CourseExam BoardEntry RequirementMinimum GCSE Points Score
Art and Design Practice Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 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 requiredn/a
Business Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Business DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Business Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Childcare CACHE DiplomaCACHEGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 3 Maths3.5
Criminology DiplomaWJECGrade 5 English Language and a minimum GCSE points score of 4.54.5
Creative Media Practice Extended Diploma (Games Design)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Creative Digital Media Production Extended Certificate BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Digital Design and Commercial Photography UALGrade 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
Creative Media Practice Extended Diploma (Games Design) BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Creative Media Practice Diploma (Games Design) BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4-4 Science3.5
IT Introductory Diploma OCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
IT Technical DiplomaOCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
IT Technical Extended DiplomaOCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Law (Applied) Extended Certificate BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Music Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied). (plus audition)3.5
Performance (Dance) Extended Certificate UALGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Performing and Production Arts DiplomaUALGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Performing and Production Arts Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Psychology (Applied) Extended Certificate BTECGrade 4 English Language, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4-4 Science3.5
Science (Applied) Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Human Biology (Applied) Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Sport Extended CertificateBTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Uniformed Protective Services Extended Certificate BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Uniformed Protective Services Extended DiplomaBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
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