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Subject Specific Requirements

At New College Bradford we offer a wide range of A-Level courses. The advantage of following an A-Level programme is that you are able to keep your options open and not specialise or go down a particular route before you are ready.

Alternatively, if you know which subject you would like to specialise in you should consider one of our applied general qualifications such as a BTEC Extended Diplomas (3 A Level equivalent) or combine the two.

The combination of subjects you choose is very important as your future aspirations and interests could depend on them.

Please note that students must have passed a minimum of 5 GCSE courses.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements – A-Levels

A-LevelExam BoardEntry RequirementMinimum GCSE Points Score
AccountingAQA
Grade 4 English Language and a Grade 6 Maths
4.5
Fine ArtEDUQASGrade 6 Creative Subject and Grade 4 in English Language. If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be requiredn/a
BiologyAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths if studied)
BusinessAQAGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 Maths4.5
ChemistryAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths, Grade 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths if studied)
Computer ScienceOCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Computer Science5.6
Design & Technology (Engineering)OCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths, and Grade 6 Physics or Grade 6-6 Combined Science. Grade 4 in Design Technology (if taken)5.6
Design & Technology (Product Design)OCR
Grade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths, and Grade 5 Physics or Grade 5-5 Combined Science. Grade 5 in Design Technology (if taken)
5.0
EconomicsAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.0
English LanguageAQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
English Literature and Language CombinedEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
English LiteratureEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 English Literature4.5
Film StudiesEDUQUASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
FrenchAQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 in French5.6 (or a 7 in French)
GeographyAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 in Geography and a Grade 4 in Maths5.0
PoliticsEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language5.0
Graphic DesignEDUQUASGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied). If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be requiredn/a
HistoryAQAGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6 History (if studied)5.0
LawOCRGrade 5 English Language4.5
MathematicsAQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6 Maths5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
Further MathematicsAQAGrade 4 English Language and Grade 8 Maths5.6
Media StudiesEDUQASGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5 English Literature4.5
MusicEDUQASGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied) and Grade 5 standard in practical and theory. (plus audition)4.5
PhotographyEDEXCELGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a visual arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied). If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be requiredn/a
Physical EducationOCRGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 PE and Grade 5-5 Combined Science, and must be currently playing a competitive sport4.5
PhysicsAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths and Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
PsychologyAQAGrade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science5
Religious StudiesEDUQASGrade 5 English Language4.5
SociologyAQAGrade 5 English Language4.5
SpanishAQAGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6 Spanish5.6 (or 7 in Spanish)
StatisticsEDEXCELGrade 5 English Language and Grade 5 Maths5.0
Textiles and Fashion DesignEDUQASGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 in a creative arts subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied).If a creative subject has not been studied, a portfolio will be requiredn/a

Subject Specific Entry Requirements – Applied General

CourseExam BoardEntry RequirementMinimum GCSE Points Score
Business (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Business (BTEC Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 Maths3.5
Childcare Certificate (then Diploma in yr2) (Early Yrs)CACHEGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 3 Maths3.5
Criminology (WJEC Diploma)WJECGrade 5 in English Language4.5
Digital Games Production GAMES DESIGNBTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Creative Digital Media Production (BTEC Extended Certificate) MEDIABTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care (BTEC Extended Certificate)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care (BTEC Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Health & Social Care (BTEC Extended Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and Grade 4-4 in Science3.5
IT (OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma)OCRGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Applied Law (BTEC Extended Certificate) BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Music (BTEC Extended Certificate)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied). (plus audition)3.5
Performing and Production Arts (Diploma)UALGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Performance (Dance) (BTEC Extended Certificate) Tech levelBTECGrade 4 in English Language (plus audition)3.5
Psychology (BTEC Extended Certificate) NEW BTECGrade 4 English Language, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4-4 Science3.5
Uniformed Protective Services (BTEC Extended Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language3.5
Applied Science (BTEC Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Applied Science (BTEC Extended Certificate)BTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Applied Science (BTEC Extended Diploma) BTECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Medical Science (WJEC Diploma)WJECGrade 4 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and 5-5 in Science4.5
Sport (BTEC Extended Certificate)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport (BTEC Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5
Sport (BTEC Extended Diploma)BTECGrade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)3.5

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