Entry requirements

How we calculate your points

Predicted GCSE grades are used to assess your suitability for entry onto all of our courses, and most importantly your likely ability to achieve your potential through your chosen route.

We review your GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades, and the seven best grades from your remaining subjects, using the points-based system below.

We appreciate that not all students will have decided to pursue a full GCSE programme and that you may also be taking other courses such as a BTEC Diploma. Only GCSE qualifications are taken into account if you are applying for A Level entry but other qualifications, including BTECs, are assessed if you are applying for a Level 2 or Level 3 vocational BTEC diploma, or any other programme.


If Nicola’s results are as follows, she will have 60 entry points:

  • English Language A*
  • English Literature A
  • Mathematics B
  • Biology B
  • Chemistry A
  • Physics B
  • History A
  • Spanish C
  • Business Studies A*

A* = 8

A = 7

B = 6

C = 5

D = 4

E = 3

F = 2

G = 1




AS / A Level

48 points

Level 3 Extended Diploma

36 points: Must include at least four grade Cs in appropriate subjects or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction

Level 2 Diploma

24 points: Must include at least three grade Ds in appropriate subjects

Pathways Programme

You will be invited to attend a consultation

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Foundation Programme

You will be invited to attend an interview to discuss your options

GCSE English Language and Mathematics and Functional Skills

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics will be required to re-sit these qualifications at College alongside their other studies. If you have gained a grade D previously you will take your GCSE over one year. If you have achieved a grade E or below, you will take your GCSE over two years, beginning with Functional Skills English or Maths qualifications at Level 1.

International students

Applications from students outside the UK will be individually assessed and you will need to have completed an advanced level qualification in English, such as IELTS, to demonstrate your ability to study in English. Students who do not hold GCSE or IGCSE qualifications must also obtain a NARIC Certificate (please visit: http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/ for further information). The College is not registered with the UK Border Agency - please visit www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk for further information.