Entry Requirements

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Choosing your level and entry requirements

To support you in making the best choice for your individual needs we provide various levels of qualification at Clarendon Sixth Form College, which means there is a level for everyone.

To ensure that our students are successful in their studies, we require them to meet our entry requirements, however, some courses may also have additional entry requirements, which will be outlined at interview.

A Levels
  • Traditional academic qualifications which give in depth knowledge of individual subjects
  • A Level assessments are by formal examination and in some cases an element of coursework
  • Choose a combination of 3 A Levels

5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above including maths and English

Some courses contain additional entry requirements. These will be discussed with you at interview evening.

Vocational A Levels
  • A Level equivalent qualifications which give in depth knowledge of individual subjects
  • Assessed by coursework and examinations
  • Vocational A Levels can be blended with A Levels and vocational courses

5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above including maths or English.

Level 3 qualifications
  • Level 3 qualifications provide routes for students wanting to progress onto higher education or employment
  • Level 3 courses are usually taken over 2 years and are equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Level 3 qualifications can be combined with A Levels

4 GCSEs Grade 4 or above, including maths and / or English at Grade 3 or above.

Level 2 Programmes
  • Level 2 qualifications provide a good foundation for students wishing to follow a particular vocational route
  • Courses run for 1 year and allow progression onto level 3 qualifications
  • Students are assessed by assignment and practical skills

3 GCSEs Grade 3 or above.


GCSEs are well known qualifications, which at college are taken over 1 year. GCSEs can be taken alongside any of our courses.

Students who gain a grade 3 in maths and English are expected to resit as part of their study programme, which is a requirement for university