Subject Specific Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

From 2017 GCSE subjects moved to a new grading system which uses levels 9 to 1. We consider 4 or higher in the new system of grading to be equivalent to C or higher in the old system of grading.

PATHWAY 1 – Excellence Pathway

For students enrolling on a programme of four A level courses all of the following are required:

1)  achieved at level 4 in GCSE English Language
2)  achieved at least 7 GCSE results at level 4 or higher
3)  achieved an average GCSE point score of at least 6.5 in the GCSE subjects completed, but above 7.0 is recommended
4)  met the course specific entry requirements, and minimum average GCSE point score set out below, for each of their courses;
5)  Under 19 and eligible for full funding under EFA regulations for the full duration of the programme of study – please contact enquiries@ncdoncaster.ac.uk if unsure

PATHWAY 2 – Academic Pathway

For students enrolling on a programme of three A level courses all of the following are required:

1)  achieved at level 4 in GCSE English (or grade C)
2)  achieved at least 5 GCSE results at level 4 or higher
3)  achieved an average GCSE point score of at least 4.0 in the GCSE subjects completed, but 4.8 or above is recommended
4)  met the course specific entry requirements, and minimum average GCSE point score set out below, for each of their courses;
5)  Under 19 and eligible for full funding under EFA regulations for the full duration of the programme of study – please contact enquiries@ncdoncaster.ac.uk if unsure

PATHWAY 3 – Mixed Programme

For students enrolling on a programme of three subjects which combines A levels and BTECs

1)  achieved at level 4 in GCSE English Language (or grade C)
2)  achieved at least 5 GCSE results at level 4 or higher
3)  achieved an average GCSE point score of at least 4.0 in the GCSE subjects completed
4)  met the course specific entry requirements, and minimum average GCSE point score set out below, for each of their courses;
5)  Under 19 and eligible for full funding under EFA regulations for the full duration of the programme of study – please contact enquiries@ncdoncaster.ac.uk if unsure

PATHWAY 4 – BTEC Pathway

For students enrolling on a programme of three subjects which are all BTECs

1)  Achieved at least level 3 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and a level 4 in one of the two
2)  Achieved at least 5 results in total which are GCSE or accepted GCSE equivalents to at least level 4 (or considered equivalent to a 4), and at least three of these results should be GCSE qualifications
3)  Achieved a GCSE point score of at least 3.5 in the GCSE subjects completed
4)  Under 19 and eligible for full funding under EFA regulations for the full duration of the programme of study – please contact enquiries@ncdoncaster.ac.uk if unsure
5)  Met the additional course specific entry requirements as set out below:

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science

  • At least one level 4 in a GCSE science subject
  • At least level 4 in GCSE mathematics

 

BTEC Extended Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

• At least one level 4 in a science subject

BTEC Extended Diploma and BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport

• At least one level 4 in a science subject, level 4 in PE (if studied)

BTEC Extended Certificate in Business

• GCSE mathematics at level 4 or better

BTEC Extended Certificate in Music

• Level 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)

 

A-Level Course Specific Entry Requirement

 

A-LevelCourse Specific Entry RequirementsMinimum average GCSE point score
AccountingGrade 4 English Language and grade 6 Maths4.5
Art and DesignGrade 4 English Language and grade 6 in a creative subject or merit in BTEC (if studied)n/a
BiologyGrade 5 English Language and grade 6 Maths, grade 6 in Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
BusinessGrade 4 English Language and grade 5 Maths4.5
ChemistryGrade 5 English Language and grade 6 Maths, grade 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science5.6 (or a 7 in Maths)
Computer ScienceGrade 4 English Language, grade 6 Maths and grade 6 in Computer Science5.6
Drama and Theatre StudiesGrade 5 in English Language. Grade 5
in a Performing Arts subject, or a Merit
in BTEC. If you have not studied a
Performing Arts subject, you would be
invited to audition.
n/a
EconomicsGrade 5 English Language and grade 6 Maths5
EngineeringGrade 4 English Language, Grade 6 Maths, Grade
6 Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science,
Grade 4 in Design and Technology (if taken).
5.0
English Language/LiteratureGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5
English Literature
4.5
English LiteratureGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5
English Literature
4.5
Film StudiesGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5
English Literature
4.5
FrenchGrade 6 English Language and Grade
6 French
5.6 (or 7 in French)
GeographyGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6
Geography and a Grade 4 in Maths
5
GeologyGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5
Maths and Grade 5 Science
5
GermanLevel 6 English Language and Level 6
in German
5.6 (or 7 in German)
Graphic DesignGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5
in a creative subject or a merit in BTEC
(if studied)
n/a
HistoryGrade 5 English Language and Grade 6
History (if studied)
5
LawGrade 5 English Language4.5
MathsGrade 4 English Language and Grade 6
Maths
5.4 (or 7 in Maths)
Further MathsGrade 4 English Language and Grade 8
Maths
5.6
MediaGrade 5 English Language or Grade 5
English Literature
4.5
MusicGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Music or
a distinction in BTEC (if studied) and Grade 5
standard in practical and theory
n/a
PhotographyGrade 4 English Language and Grade 5 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC
(if studied)
n/a
Physical EducationGrade 4 English Language, Grade 5 PE and
Grade 5 Science, and must be currently
playing a competitive sport
4.5
PhysicsGrade 5 English Language, Grade 6 Maths
and Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in
Combined Science
5.6 (or 7 in Maths)
PoliticsGrade 5 English Language5
PsychologyGrade 5 English Language, Grade 5 Maths and Grade 5-5 in Combined Science4.5
Religious StudiesGrade 5 English Language4.5
SociologyGrade 5 English Language4.5
SpanishGrade 6 English Language and Grade 6
Spanish
5.6 (or 7 in Spanish)
Textiles and Fashion DesignGrade 4 English Language and a Grade 5 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC
(if studied)
n/a

BTEC Course Specific Entry Requirements

SubjectA-level EquivalentEntry Requirement
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design3Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business1Grade 4 in English Language
WJEC Diploma in Criminology1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Games Design1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Graphics1Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 4 or Merit in a visual arts subject (if studied)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in H&SC1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Extended Diploma in H&SC3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music1Grade 4 in English Language and a Grade 4 (or merit) in Music (if studied)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)1Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Photography1Grade 4 in English Language and a grade 4 in a creative subject or a merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services3Grade 4 in English Language
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science1Grade 5 in English, Grade 4 in Maths and 5 in Science
BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport3Grade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)
BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport1Grade 4 in English Language and 4 in PE or merit at BTEC (if studied)

A student will not be permitted to enrol onto a programme of study if they have failed to achieve level 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths.