A-levels and BTEC certificates/extended certificates


If you meet our entry requirements, you can select from our wide range of A-levels and BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate subjects. If you intend to progress to a very selective university or course, you may need to study specific subjects. We can advise you about this at your interview. To ensure that you can cope with the workload involved with A-levels and BTEC Certificates/Extended Certificates, your average GCSE point score will be taken into account.

  • If you have a point score of at least 5.8 you will normally be offered four AS-levels.
  • If you have a point score between 5 and 5.8 we would guide your selection of AS-levels and BTEC Certificates from an appropriate range of subjects. Some subjects also have specific entry requirements, for example AS-level Mathematics students must achieve a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. These requirements are detailed on each course page. Certain A-level subjects are more challenging than others and therefore require higher overall achievement at GCSE. These subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Statistics.

More information can be found on specific course pages.

* BTEC certificates/extended certificates

If you have completed an equivalent qualification such as a higher diploma, first diploma or first certificate you may also qualify for AS-level study.

How to calculate your average GCSE score

A* - 8 points
A - 7 points
B - 6 points
C - 5 points
D - 4 points
E - 3 points
F - 2 points
G - 1 point

Step 1
Using your predicted grades, add up the point scores for all the GCSE subjects you are taking. Double GCSE subjects are given double points and half GCSE subjects are given half points.

Step 2
Divide your total point score by the number of subjects you are taking.

What are BTEC Certificates and Extended Certificates?

Studying a Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate will help you to develop highly focused expertise and knowledge in a vocational context. You will learn by doing a mixture of theory and ‘real world’ practical projects involving teamwork. If you decide to study the subject for just one year you will achieve a Level 3 BTEC Certificate.

If you continue with the subject in your second year, you will achieve a BTEC Extended Certificate. Students interested in studying a Level 3 BTEC certificate/Extended Certificate usually select one or two which they study alongside A-levels or a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

You will be assessed mainly through coursework projects. Many students find this a good fit alongside the examinations included in A-levels. For the Extended Certificate you will be graded with a starred distinction (140 UCAS points), a distinction (120 UCAS points), a merit (80 UCAS points) or a pass (40 UCAS points).