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Introducing A levels

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A levels are level 3 qualifications, with exams taking place at the end of two years. You will normally be asked to choose three subjects at A level. However, if you have a very strong GCSE profile you may be able to choose four. You may also take additional subjects such as GCSEs or enhancement courses.

For entrance to a university degree course, three A levels or equivalent qualifications are usually required. For many courses the pass grades need to be high. For example, entry to courses in medicine or veterinary science often requires passes at grade A or A* in three A level subjects as well as very good passes at GCSE level. For many careers a minimum of two good A level passes is required.

Please note: there is no guarantee that a particular course will run if demand is small or the course cannot be staffed. Nor can a place be guaranteed on an oversubscribed course. Similarly, no guarantee can be made that all combinations of subjects will be possible, though every effort will be made to meet individual requirements. This course directory has been prepared on the basis of the latest information available. Some of the information contained may be subject to change due to factors beyond the College’s control.


The minimum general requirements for entry to a full-time two year A level programme are:

  • Five passes in GCSE at grade C/4 or above (including GCSE English and GCSE Maths) for students wishing to study three A levels.
  • Four passes in GCSE at grade C/4 or above (preferably including GCSE English and GCSE Maths) for students wishing to study two A levels, alongside a single BTEC/CTEC or GCSE.

Many A level subjects require particular entry requirements in addition to the above. Please see the individual subject entries in the course directory.