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A-levels and GCSEs

Pathways

We’ve worked with universities and employers to develop A-level Pathways in nine different career areas, and GCSE Pathways in three different career areas. All pathways are designed to ensure you have the best combination of qualifications to progress into university and onto a successful career.

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A-LEVEL PATHWAY SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Business & Finance: A-level Pathway GCSE Maths 6, GCSE English 5
Business Studies: A-level Pathway GCSE Maths 5, GCSE English 5
Humanities & Culture: A-level Pathway GCSE English 5, GCSE Maths 4
Humanities & Law: A-level Pathway GCSE Maths 4, GCSE English 5, GCSE History 5 (if studied)
Media & Journalism: A-level Pathway GCSE English 5, GCSE Maths 4
Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary: A-level Pathway GCSE English 5, GCSE Sciences all 6, GCSE Maths 6
Science & Engineering: A-level Pathway GCSE English 5, GCSE Sciences all 6, GCSE Maths 6
Science & Health Professions: A-level Pathway GCSE English 5, GCSE Maths 6, GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Sciences all 6
Social Sciences: A-level Pathway GCSE Maths 5, GCSE English 5

A-Levels

The nine A-level Pathways are set out in the table below. To read more about any of the pathways, click here

The minimum entry criteria for all A-level Pathways is two Grade 5s and three Grade 4s at GCSE and must include GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4. However, please see the specific entry requirements below to study on one of the following pathways:

GCSEs

If you’re aged 16-18 and looking to join a GCSE programme or a BTEC course, please check the entry criteria before you apply.

The minimum entry criteria for all A-level Pathways is two Grade 5s and three Grade 4s at GCSE and must include GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4. However, please see the specific entry requirements below to study on one of the following pathways:

GCSE Resit Programme:

  • two GCSEs at Grade 4 or above and Grade 3 in the subjects you choose to resit (if studied).

BTEC Science and Business:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.
    If you want to study GCSEs, there are three PATHWAYS to choose from. Subjects included in each pathway are as follows:

GCSE PATHWAY SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Science Pathway Maths, English, Science Trilogy
Humanities Pathway Maths, English, History, Geography
Social Sciences Pathway Maths, English, Sociology, Psychology