Students usually take the equivalent of three A levels as this is what they need to go to university or move on to a higher or degree level apprenticeship. Some students also study for an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to make them stand out to universities and employers.
We have a wide range of courses available: A levels, level 3 BTEC/CTECs, a T-Level, and some level 2 qualifications. For more information, please look on our course list.
Yes, from September 2023 we will be offering the Creative Media T Level.
Yes! Notre Dame will allow you to mix and match BTECs with A-Levels in order to give you the maximum amount of flexibility and future career options.
Even if you are planning to apply for a competitive degree like Medicine, or to a competitive university like Cambridge, three A-levels are enough. However, if you have a very strong GCSE grade profile (an example would be all grade 7/8/9), you could take a fourth A-level or study for an EPQ: we will discuss this with you at enrolment.
An A level is similar to a GCSE: the teacher gives you information to learn for exams at the end of two years. A BTEC or CTEC is more research and coursework based. The T-Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and includes a work placement - or what is described as industry placement - that makes up 20% of your time on the course. You can find out more here.
The Notre Dame Pathway is designed to help students who don’t meet the entry requirements for level 3 courses (e.g. A levels). For one year, you would study level 2 BTEC/ CTEC qualifications and retake GCSE Maths or English if required. Then you would progress to a level 3 study programme at Notre Dame. To take a BTEC/CTEC level 2 qualification, you should have at least four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent qualifications including at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths. Students who haven’t already achieved a minimum of grade 4 in either GCSE English Language or Maths will continue to work towards this.
Entry criteria for A levels are five grade 4s at GCSE including GCSE English Language and Maths, and for BTEC/CTECs it is five grade 4s including GCSE English Language and Maths. Many courses also have specific entry requirements and these are detailed on the individual course pages on our website.
Once you receive your GCSE results, you will attend your enrolment appointment and a member of staff will help you with your next steps. If you change your mind about a course or don’t meet the entry requirements you can discuss this at enrolment.
Applying to start in September 2023
Our applications for September 2023 will open on Monday 26th September. The application deadline is Sunday 29th January 2023. Applicants can apply after the deadline but will be placed on a waiting list and contacted in August if there are spaces available. We encourage students who have applied after the deadline to also apply for at least two other colleges or sixth form colleges.
This guidance is given on the application form: “In this section, please explain in approximately 200 words why you want to study at Notre Dame and what extra-curricular activities (e.g. sport, volunteering, part-time work) you take part in. Please also describe any ideas you have about future careers or university subjects.” We will talk to you about your personal statement during your interview.
There is no set deadline but we do have a limited number of places and the visa process itself can take a while, so we encourage early applications if possible. International students can apply here.
Interviews will take place between November - May. We’ll email and write to you two weeks before your interview to confirm the date and time. We’ll also send you a text reminder a week before the interview.
During your interview, we will ask why you have applied to Notre Dame, what sort of degree or jobs you are interested in, and if you take part in any extra-curricular activities or have any interests outside of school. We'll also double check your choice of subjects, tell you more about Notre Dame, and see if there's any extra support we can offer you. The interview will take ten to fifteen minutes.
You will have listed your predicted grades on your application form, and we will use these to check that you’ve applied for appropriate courses. However, if you have more recent grades - from mock exams or from your recent school progress tracker - please tell us about these during your interview.
Please contact the admissions team using firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about your application. We will be interviewing until the end of May.
Offers to induction
If possible, and so long as we’ve received a satisfactory reference from your school, we will offer you a conditional place at Notre Dame during the interview. This will be confirmed in writing within two weeks. If we aren’t able to make you an offer at your interview, we’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome of it, again within two weeks.
Subject choices can be discussed at enrolment once you have your GCSE results, and will be subject to availability.
Here at college, our teachers are busy putting together all sorts of activities and resources, which will give you a head start when it comes to your A level and BTEC/CTEC courses. You can access the programme here.
Enrolment will be taking place from 25th - 31st August 2023. We will send you a detailed enrolment pack in the post. This will explain how this year's enrolment days will work, what you will need to bring with you to your appointment and how to enrol if you can't make these dates. To find out more about our order of enrolment, you can view our Admissions Policy here.
Once you have enrolled at Notre Dame, you will then be invited to your induction day which will be early September (exact date TBC). We’ll give you lots of helpful information about the College, and will take you on a tour of the campus.
The Experience Notre Dame Days are for students who have applied to study at Notre Dame for September 2023. They will take place on the 4th and 5th July. You will only need to attend one of the dates, on which you will be allocated. We will be in touch soon with further information.
College is a more adult environment than high school. There are no bells to mark each lesson, you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning (with lots of support from us) and you don’t have to be on the college site if you have a study period, which means you might get a lie-in on some days!
There is no uniform, but we ask students not to wear anything revealing, offensive, or really impractical.
We do have a canteen; it sells a range of hot food that changes daily. We also have a pavilion that sells cold food such as meal deals, and a small shop in the lower study area that sells snacks.
Around 1250 new students enrol with us each year, so there are approximately 2500 Notre Dame students.
The college day begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m., but students aren’t in from 9 until 4 every day. You will have some periods on your timetable when you aren’t in class. You can use this time to write up notes, complete coursework, revise etc. and a lot of our students will go to the library or the IT suite to work. But you don’t have to be in college when you don’t have a lesson, and you don’t have to stay in college for lunch – just make sure you’re back in time for your next class!
The PTE programme aims to encourage the formation of the whole person and seeks to be inclusive, challenging and affirming to all, irrespective of faith or perspectives. Through reflections and discussions, we foster a community based on respect and trust where everyone feels valued. In this class, you will discuss the wider issues in life. They look at the big questions, spiritual development and how they relate to their internal and external worlds. There are no exams, no homework and no coursework in this lesson. You will also have the opportunity to gain the Stella Maris Leadership Award.
Yes, but don’t work for more than 10 hours a week, as otherwise this can affect your grades.
No, we welcome students from all faiths. The diversity of our students is a strength of the college.
We are a Catholic College that welcomes all faiths and none. Our Mission & Ethos is important to us and all staff and students follow this. There are prayer opportunities every week, which you can join in with if you wish or be respectful of those who do. You will see examples in the Catholic Life section of our website of the many charities and volunteering opportunities our students are involved with All students must attend PTE, which you can read more about here
We are a Sixth Form College, which means our A-Level, T Level and BTEC Level 3 courses only cater for 16 years olds usually on a two-year programme.
Yes, we do have some lockers available. A £20 deposit is required to hire a locker for your 2-year course and is refundable on the return of your key. Please enquire at the Finance Office.
Our average class size is 20.
A virtual tour of the college is available on our website, which shows you the Notre Dame campus.
We don’t have a college bus, but Notre Dame is situated a 20-minute walk from Leeds Bus Station and the train station is a 15-minute walk away. There are a variety of cycle routes into the city and there is provision to store your bicycle securely within college grounds. Once you are 16, you will be able to apply for a half fare bus and train pass. You can find out more about this here: https://ticketsandpasses.wymetro.com/under-26-students/16-18-photocard/
We do not allow this: once you’ve enrolled, please speak to your personal tutor for further information.
The College has a specialist careers team who will provide you with impartial advice and guidance at every stage of your academic journey. The Careers Department provides support with career planning, UCAS and higher education, interview skills, job applications and CV writing: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/students/careers-support
Yes, we have a work experience coordinator who can help you to look for a placement. You can read more about this on the ‘Careers Support’ page of our website: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/students/careers-support
We offer a huge range of enrichment activities. You can find out more on our ‘Enrichment and ND+’ page: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/why-choose-us/enrichment
Although a laptop is not essential for any of our courses, if this is your preferred way of working you are permitted to bring in your own.