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 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.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements for 2019 – A Levels

SubjectEntry RequirementGCSE Points Score
AccountingGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths4.5
Art and DesignGrade 4 English Language and 6 in a creative subject or merit in BTEC (if studied)n/a
BiologyGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
BusinessGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 Maths4.5
ChemistryGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
Computer ScienceGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths and 6 in Computer Science5.6
DanceGrade 5 English Language and 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) or an auditionn/a
Drama and Theatre StudiesGrade 5 English Language and 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) or an auditionn/a
EconomicsGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5
English Language/LiteratureGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
English LiteratureGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
Film StudiesGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
FrenchGrade 6 English Language and 6 in French5.6 (or 7 in French)
GeographyGrade 5 English Language and 6 in Geography and Maths Grade 45
GeologyGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths and a 6 in Science5
Government and PoliticsGrade 5 English Language5
Graphic DesignGrade 4 English Language and 5 in a creative subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied)n/a
HistoryGrade 5 English Language and 6 in History5
LawGrade 5 English Language4.5
MathsGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
Further MathsGrade 4 English Language and Grade 8 Maths5.6
MediaGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
MusicGrade 5 English Language and 6 in Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied), plus Grade 5 standard in practical and theoryn/a
Music TechnologyGrade 5 English Language and 6 in Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied), plus the ability to read music at a basic leveln/a
PhotographyGrade 4 English Language and 5 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)n/a
Physical EducationGrade 4 English Language and 5 in PE and 5 in Science and must be currently playing a competitive sport4.5
PhysicsGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths and 6 in Physics or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
PsychologyGrade 5 English, Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science4.5
Religious StudiesGrade 5 English Language4.5
SociologyGrade 5 English Language4.5
SpanishGrade 6 English Language and 6 in Spanish5.6 (or a 7 in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion DesignGrade 4 English Language and 5 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)n/a

Subject Specific Entry Requirements for 2018 – BTECs

SubjectA-level EquivalentEntry Requirement
BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design3Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Diploma in Business2Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Extended Diploma in Business3Grade 4 in English Language
CACHE Childcare Diploma3Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 3 in Maths
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Extended Diploma in Games Design3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Games Design1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in H&SC1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Diploma in H&SC2Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Extended Diploma in H&SC3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Extended Diploma in IT3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music1Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)
BTEC Diploma in Music2Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Photography1Grade 4 in English Language and a grade 4 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science1Grade 5 in English, Grade 4 in Maths and 5 in Science
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport3Grade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport1Grade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)