Subject Specific Requirements

At New College Doncaster 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 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.

Your average GCSE Score
From August 2017, English Language, English Literature and Maths GCSEs are graded on a new system of 9-1, with 9 being the highest possible mark. Apart from English and Maths, all other GCSEs are still graded on the old system of A*- G. We use an average GCSE point score to work out entry requirements for A-Level and BTEC courses. This is a really important step as it helps us to ensure that no student starts a course they might fail to pass. This key strategy helps our students become some of the most successful post-16 students in the country.

In order to work out the new average GCSE point score, we need to convert all subjects from A*- G to 9 – 1. The table below shows you how we do this.

GCSE Grade Old Point score New Point Score        
9        
A* 8 8.5        
A 7 7        
B 6 5.5        
5        
C 5 4        
D 4 3        
E 3 2        
F 2 1.5        
G 1 1        
U 0 0        

Once you’ve worked out your average GCSE point score, you can check the subject specific entry requirements below.

 

Subject Specific Entry Requirements for 2017 – A Levels

A-Level Subject Specific Entry Requirements for 2017 NEW minimum average GCSE point score
Accounting Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths 4.3
Art and Design Level 4 English Language and C in a creative subject or merit in BTEC (if studied) n/a
Biology Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths, B in Biology or Additional Science 5.2 (or a 7 in Maths)
Business Level 4 English Language and Level 5 Maths 4.3
Chemistry Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths, B in Chemistry or Additional Science 5.2 (or a 7 in Maths)
Computer Science Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths and B in Computer Science 5.2
Drama and Theatre Studies Level 4 English Language and C in a Performing Arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) or an audition n/a
Economics Level 5 English Language and Level 6 Maths 4.8
English Language/Literature Level 5 English Language or Level 5 English Literature 4.0
English Literature Level 5 English Language and Level 5 English Literature 4.0
Film Studies Level 5 English Language or Level 5 English Literature 4.0
French Level 6 English Language and B in French 4.9 (or A in French)
Geography Level 5 English Language and B in Geography 4.8
Geology Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths and a B in Science 4.0
Government and Politics Level 5 English Language 4.0
Graphic Design Level 4 English Language and C in a creative subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) n/a
History Level 5 English Language and B in History (if studied) 4.0
Law Level 5 English Language 4.0
Maths Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths 4.6 (or 7 in Maths)
Further Maths Level 4 English Language and Level 8 Maths 5.2
Media Level 5 English Language or Level 5 English Literature 4.0
Music Level 4 English Language and B in Music or a distinction in BTEC (if studied), plus Grade 5 standard in practical and theory n/a
Photography Level 4 English Language and C in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC

(if studied)

n/a
Physical Education Level 4 English Language and C in PE and C in Science and must be currently playing a competitive sport 4.0
Physics Level 4 English Language and Level 6 Maths and B in Physics or Additional Science 5.2 (or 7 in Maths)
Psychology Level 5 Maths and B in Science 4.0
Religious Studies Level 4 English Language 4.0
Sociology Level 4 English Language 4.0
Spanish Level 6 English Language and B in Spanish 4.9 (or a A in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion Design Level 4 English Language anf C in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied) n/a