General Entry Requirements

  • General Entry Requirements

Whatever your performance at school, there is a programme of study here for you at Barrow Sixth Form College.

The aim of our general entry requirements is to facilitate students being enrolled onto a study programme where they will be successful and which will enable them to make appropriate progression; these requirements are displayed in the table below.  As you can see, the study programmes available to students will be determined by the grades gained at GCSE; you will see, too, that the GCSE English Language grade is particularly important.

 These general entry requirements incorporate 2 significant changes from recent years: the introduction of numerical grades in all GCSE subjects; for most students, the switch to studying 3 rather than 4 A Levels/Cambridge Technical L3s. In the light of these variants, and the unfamiliarity they bring for all concerned, we will be flexible in applying these entry requirements at enrolment in September.  Our prime aim will still be to enrol students onto a study programme where they will be successful and which will enable them to make appropriate progression!

Band Qualifications on entry Sixth Form study programme
1 average GCSE score 7.0 or above

Full Level 3* programme, with full choice of qualifications (providing individual subject entry requirements are met); option of Honours programme i.e. EPQ or 4th A or AS

Two years duration


2

either: grade 6 or better in GCSE English Language, plus grade 4 or better in 3 or more GCSEs

or: grade 5 in GCSE English Language, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 4 GCSEs (excluding Maths)

Full Level 3* programme, with full choice of qualifications (providing individual subject entry requirements are met)

Two years duration

3 either: grade 5 or better in GCSE English Language, plus grade 4 or better in 3 or more other GCSEs (excluding Maths)

or: grade 4 in GCSE English Language, plus an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from 5 GCSEs

Full Level 3* programme, must include at least 1 CTec Level 3 course (individual subject entry requirements must be met)

 Two years duration

4 grade 4 or better in GCSE English Language, plus grade 4 or better in 3 or more other GCSEs (excluding Maths) Mixed Level 3/Level 2** programme; at least 1 Level 3 must be CTec/BTEC (individual subject entry requirements must be met)

Two years duration, unless aim to progress to HE/HL Apprenticeship: in this case, three years duration


5 qualifications below those required for above study programmes
Level 2*** programme

One year duration, with clear progression opportunities to higher level programmes

* Full L3 programme (i.e. A level equivalent): 3 x A level / CTec L3 courses; Plus programme as appropriate

** Mixed L3/L2 programme (i.e. A level / GCSE equivalent): 3 courses: either 2 x L3 + 1 x L2, or 1 x L3 + 2 x L2; Plus programme as appropriate

*** L2 programme (i.e. GCSE equivalent): 4 x L2 courses (or L1 English / Maths, depending on prior qualifications)


For more details on the Honours Programme, please click here
For more details on the Plus programme, please see below



Plus Programme

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