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
Fine ArtGrade 6 in a creative subject and a Grade 5 in English Languagen/a
BiologyGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 Biology or Grade 6-6 Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
BusinessGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 Maths4.5
ChemistryGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Chemistry or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
Computer ScienceGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 Computer Science5.6
DanceGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an auditionn/a
Drama and Theatre StudiesGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) and an auditionn/a
EconomicsGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.0
English LanguageGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
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 Grade 6 French5.6 (or 7 in French)
GeographyGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Geography and Grade 4 in Maths5.0
GeologyGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5 in Science5.0
Graphic DesignGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a creative subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied)n/a
HistoryGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 History (if studied)5.0
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, Grade 6 Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied) and Grade 5 standard in practical and theoryn/a
PhotographyGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)n/a
Physical EducationGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 PE and Grade 5 Science and must be currently playing a competitive sport4.5
PhysicsGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
PoliticsGrade 5 English Language5.0
PsychologyGrade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science4.5
Religious, Ethics and PhilosophyGrade 5 English Language4.5
SociologyGrade 5 English Language4.5
SpanishGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 Spanish5.6 (or a 7 in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion DesignGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 in
a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)
n/a

Subject Specific Entry Requirements for 2018 – BTECs

All Applied General quali cations 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. Many of these courses are new in 2020. Please check the website for any late changes.

SubjectA-level EquivalentEntry Requirement
Art and Design Extended Certificate1Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied)
Art & Design Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied)
Business Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 Maths
Business Diploma2Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 Maths
Business Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 Maths
Childcare CACHE Diploma3Grade 4 English Language and Grade 3 Maths
Computing Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
Criminology Diploma1Grade 4 English Language
Creative Media Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
Games Design Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
Games Design Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language
Graphics Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts (if studied)
Health and Social Care Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
Health and Social Care Diploma2Grade 4 English Language
Health and Social Care Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 Science
IT Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
IT Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language
Law (Applied) Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language
Medical Science Diploma1Grade 4 English Language, Grade 4 Maths and Grade 5 Science
Music Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)
Music Technology Extended Certificate1Grade 4 in EnglishLanguage and Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)
Performing Arts (Acting) Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language (plus audition)
Performing Arts (Dance) Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language (plus audition)
Performing Arts UAL Diploma3Grade 4 English (plus audition)
Photography Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language and a Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied)
Psychology (Applied)1Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4 Science
Public Services Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language
Science (Applied) Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths and Grade 5 Science
Sport Extended Certificate1Grade 4 English Language, Grade 4 PE (if studied) or BTEC Merit (if studied)
Sport Diploma2Grade 4 English Language, Grade 4 PE (if studied) or BTEC Merit (if studied)
Sport Extended Diploma3Grade 4 English Language, Grade 4 PE (if studied) or BTEC Merit (if studied)
Textiles Extended Diploma1Grade 4 English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied)