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Minimum entry requirements
The table below outlines the minimum entry requirements for the different types of courses we offer.
Entry requirements are a guide to the level of education required to study each course. If a course requires additional qualifications or evidence of suitability (e.g. a portfolio) this will be stated on the course description page. Please note, all courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.
|Entry||Appropriate level of skills and 'college readiness' assessed as part of the Application Review process.||Pre Entry
Entry Level 1-3
|Entry Level 1-3
|Level 1|| Minimum of two GCSEs grade 9-1 or achievement of an Entry Level qualification (to include English and maths or be able to demonstrate the ability to work at the appropriate level).
Appropriate level of aptitude and skills may be assessed as part of the application review (e.g. technical test, portfolios of creative work or audition).
|NVQ Level 1
Level 1 Diploma
Minimum of three GCSEs grade 9-3 (to include English and maths GCSE or Functional Skills at L1/L2).
|NVQ Level 2
BTEC/UAL Level 2 Diploma
(All carry UCAS points)
Minimum of four GCSEs grade 9-4 including English and maths(or to be able to demonstrate the ability to achieve grade 9-4).
Access to HENVQ/BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma
BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma
|Level 3 (year 2)
Level 4 or 5
(Art & Design Foundation and post A-Level Photography)
A minimum of grade C in at least one A-level in a related subject.
|Year 0 at university||Level 4 or 5
Changes to GCSE grades
English and maths GCSE grades received in 2017 and after use the new grading scale. The numbers 9–1 identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level). To reach the minimum entry requirement of a grade C, students will need to achieve a grade 4 on the new grading scale.
Another 20 GCSE subjects will have 9–1 grading in 2018, with the majority following in 2019.
|New grading structure||Old grading structure|