A-levels and BTEC certificates/subsidiary diplomas
If you think you will achieve at least five A*-C grades at GCSE, including English language, you will be able to select from over 50 A-level and BTEC certificate/subsidiary diploma subjects.
To ensure that you can cope with the demanding workload, your average GCSE point score will be taken into account.
- If you have a point score of at least 5.6 you will normally study four AS-levels or BTEC certificates in your first year.
- If you achieve mainly A/A* grades you will be able to continue with four subjects over two years
- If you have a point score above 4.9 but less than 5.6 (typically B and C grades) we would guide your selection of AS-levels and BTEC certificates from an appropriate range of subjects.
Certain A-level subjects are more challenging than others and therefore require higher overall achievement at GCSE. These subjects include accounting, biology, chemistry, computing, economics, further mathematics, mathematics, physics, and statistics. More information can be found on specific course pages.
If you have completed an equivalent qualification such as a higher diploma, first diploma or first certificate you may also qualify for AS-level study.
How to calculate your average GCSE score
A* - 8 points
A - 7 points
B - 6 points
C - 5 points
D - 4 points
E - 3 points
F - 2 points
G - 1 point
Using your predicted grades, add up the point scores for all the GCSE subjects you are taking. Double GCSE subjects are given double points and half GCSE subjects are given half points.
Divide your total point score by the number of subjects you are taking.
What are BTEC certificate and subsidiary diplomas?
Studying a BTEC certificate/subsidiary diploma will help you to develop highly focused expertise and knowledge in a vocational setting. You will learn by doing which will involve a mixture of conventional classroom theory and ‘real world’ practical projects involving teamwork.
You will be assessed mainly by coursework and projects which many students find a good fit alongside a programme of A-levels which mainly involve examinations.
A BTEC certificate (one year’s study) is equivalent to an AS-level and the subsidiary diploma (two year’s study) is equivalent to an A-level.
Where will this qualification take me?
After successfully completing A-levels and/or BTEC certificates/subsidiary diplomas you will be able to progress to university, further training or employment.
English language and literature
Government and politics
BTEC certificates/subsidiary diplomas
Creative media production - interactive media
Creative media production - print-based media
Forensic science (applied science)
Health and social care
Medical science (applied science)
Music technology production
Travel and tourism