General Entry Requirements


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

Our revised general entry requirements are displayed in the table below. The study programmes available to students will be determined by the grades gained at GCSE; you will see that the GCSE English Language grade continues to be particularly important.

These revised general entry requirements incorporate 2 significant changes: the introduction of numerical grades in GCSE English and Mathematics; for most students, the switch to studying 3 rather than 4 A Levels/Cambridge Technical/BTEC/ 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 6F study programme
1 average GCSE score 7.0 or above Full L3* 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 C 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 L3* 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 C 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 L3* programme, must include at least 1 CTec/BTEC L3 course (individual subject entry requirements must be met)

Two years duration

4 grade 4 or better in GCSE English Language, plus grade C or better in 3 or more other GCSEs (excluding Maths) Mixed L3/L2** programme; at least 1 L3 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 L2*** 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/BTEC 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)

In order to quickly calculate an average GCSE score, either for actual or anticipated grades, please click here.

For more details on the Honours Programme, please click here

For more details on the Plus programme, please click here

There will be two types of Full Level 3 programmes of study:

(i) Programmes where courses are wholly or predominantly exam-based i.e. A/AS level

Students enrolled on this programme will have achieved:
grade C or better in GCSE Maths

either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE
or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs
or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs

They will study:

either: 4 x A/AS level courses
or: 3 x A/AS level courses and 1 x Cambridge Technical L3 course

There may also be individual cases where a student chooses to study 2 x A/AS level courses and 2 x Cambridge Technical L3 courses.
The courses available will depend upon students meeting the subject specific entry requirements.

(ii) Programmes where courses are wholly or predominantly coursework-based i.e. Cambridge Technicals L3

Students enrolled on this programme will have achieved:
– grade B or better in GCSE English
– grade C or better in GCSE Maths
– grade C or better in 2 or more other GCSEs

They will study:

either: 4 x Cambridge Technical L3 courses
or: 3 x Cambridge Technical L3 courses and 1 x A/AS level course

There may also be individual cases where a student chooses to study 2 x Cambridge Technical L3 courses and 2 x A/AS level courses.

The courses available will depend upon students meeting the subject specific entry requirements.

If students are progressing onto this programme having successfully completed a L2 course in college, these entry requirements may be more flexible.

There will be two types of Mixed Level 3/Level 2 programmes of study:

(i) For students who achieved the grades for the Full L3 (exam-based) programme above, but did not achieve a grade C or better at GCSE Maths

They will study:

either: 3 x A/AS level courses, plus GCSE Maths
or: 2 x A/AS level and 1 x Cambridge Technical L3 course, plus GCSE Maths

(ii) For students who achieved a grade C or better in GCSE English plus grade C or better in at least 3 other GCSEs

The programme of study will depend on whether or not the student has already achieved a grade C or better in GCSE Maths.

If they have, they will study 4 courses:

either: 3 L3 courses (of which a maximum of 2 can be exam-based)
or: 2 L3 courses plus 1 Cambridge Technical L2 / GCSE Biology
English for Advanced Studies

If they have not, they will study GCSE Maths and 3 other courses:

either: 2 L3 courses
or: 1 L3 course plus 1 Cambridge Technical L2 / GCSE Biology
English for Advanced Studiess

Decisions on the either/or options will made according to the needs of individual students.

The courses available will depend upon students meeting the subject specific entry requirements.

Students enrolled on this programme will have not have achieved the GCSE qualifications to qualify for the “Full” or “Mixed” programmes above

They will study:
a. English (if they haven’t achieved a grade C or better)
b. Maths (if they haven’t achieved a grade C or better)
c. at least 2 x L2 subjects (Cambridge Technical or GCSE Biology)

There are no general entry requirements for the L2 programme of study. The decision regarding student suitability for enrolment onto this programme will be made on an individual basis.

The courses available will depend upon students meeting the subject specific entry requirements.