Entry Requirements

At Prior Pursglove College we are able to offer a much wider range of subjects than many other colleges and schools due to the large number of students who choose to come here for their sixth form studies. For A Level and National Diploma courses the entry requirements are generally five GCSE grades 4 – 5 or above and for some subjects there may be additional specific GCSE requirements and require a G Score of 5.5 or above. To check which subjects have these additional requirements and to work out your G Score, please see below. You can also check our Course Information Guides under the subject tabs on this website for subject specific information and entry requirements.

We also offer a Level 2 Pathways program where students generally have some GCSEs at grades 4 – 3, here you can resit vital GCSEs in English and Maths alongside other Level 2 courses. Although, we know there will always be exceptions and we will look at each student as an individual. Contact us if you are not sure. We also offer Foundation Learning courses which are designed for 16-19 year olds to help them get back into education, training or employment.

Which course, which level?

Of course how well you do in school will determine the level of course you can choose at college. The better your GCSE grades, the higher the level at which you can enter the college. However, if you start college with low GCSE grades, you will still be able to join a course to suit you. When you successfully complete you will then have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level should you wish to do so.

Some students have a mixed programme of courses at levels two and three to suit their individual needs.

How to work out your G Score

Based on GCSE Grades only. Each grade is allocated a numerical value, these individual numbers are then added up and divided by the number of subjects.

For example, if your grades were as follows.

English Language 8 (8), English Literature 7 (7), Maths 6 (6), Science (Combined) 66 (12), Geography 5 (5), French 8 (8), Art 8 (8)

Total 54 divided by 8 (the number of subjects) – G Score of 6.75

Subjects with higher grade entry requirements

SUBJECT GCSE REQUIREMENTS   ASSESSMENT

Accounting

AQA

Maths – Grade 6

G Score 5.5

  Exam based

 

Biology

OCR

English – Grade 6

Maths – Grade 5

Other – Biology Grade 6 or Combined Science Grade 66

G Score 5.5

  Exam based plus practical endorsements

Chemistry

AQA

English – Grade 6

Maths – Grade 6

Other – Chemistry Grade 6 or Combined Science Grade 66

G score 5.6

  Exam based plus practical endorsements

Computer Science

OCR

English -Grade 6

Maths – Grade 5

 

2 exams worth 40% each and coursework worth 20%

 

Economics

AQA

English – Grade 6

Maths – Grade 6

G Score 5.5

  Exam based

 

Geography

AQA

English – Grade 5

Maths – Grade 5

Other – Science – Grade 5

Geography – Grade 4 (if studied)

  2 exams worth 40% each & independent study worth 20%.

Geology

OCR

English – Grade 5

Maths – Grade 5

Other – Science – Grade 5

 

3 written exams and

1 practical paper based on field and lab work

Law

OCR

English – Grade 5

Other – If English Literature studied, must have gained a grade 4.  If not studied, preferable to also have a grade 4 in a further ‘literary’ subject

G score 5.5

  Exam based

Maths

Edxcel

Maths – Grade 6

G Score 5.5

  Exam based

Further Maths

Edxcel

Maths – Grade 8   Exam based

 

Physical Education

OCR

English – Grade 4

Maths – Grade 4

Other – Science 4 or above.  If studied PE, must have a grade 4 or a pass

G score – 5.0

 

70% Theory

30% Practical

 

Physics

OCR

English – Grade 6

Maths – Grade 6

Other – Physics Grade 6 or Combined Science Grade 66

G score 5.5

  Exam based plus practical endorsements.

Psychology

OCR

English – Grade 4

Maths – Grade 4

G score 5.5

  Exam based

 

 

Want to apply?

If Prior Pursglove College sounds like the choice for you, please apply online and we will contact you to arrange an interview, which will be held in either your current school or at our college.

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