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What are the entry requirement for an A Level programme?

For a 3 A Level programme, entry criteria are:
• At least two B grades/grade 6s at GCSE
• At least a further three C grades/grade 4s at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics, with at least a grade 3 or D grade in the other one. If you do have a grade 3 or D in one of these key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your A level studies.

For a 4 A Level programme, entry criteria are:
• At least 5 A/A* grades or grade 7’s at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

Please note that while most GCSE courses are grades A*-G, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature will be graded 9-1 (grade 9 being the top grade) from 2017 onwards. This is due to reforms being introduced nationwide by the Department of Education.  All GCSE courses will be graded by the new system in coming years, but for 2017, it will only be Mathematics and English that adopt this new grading system. If you sat your English and/or Maths exams before 2017, you will still be graded A*-G. Grade 4 is roughly equivalent to a C grade in the old system.

Are the entry requirements different for applied courses?

Yes. If you are interested in an applied programme of study (a BTEC Extended Diploma), entry criteria are:
• At least two B grades or grade 6s at GCSE or merit on an equivalent course
• At least a further three C grades or grade 4s at GCSE or equivalent
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics, with at least a grade 3 or D grade in the other one. If you do have a grade 3 or D in one of these two key subjects, you will be required to re-take this GCSE in addition to your BTEC/CACHE Diploma.

Please note that while most GCSE courses are grades A*-G, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature will be graded 9-1 (grade 9 being the top grade) from 2017 onwards. This is due to reforms being introduced nationwide by the Department of Education.  All GCSE courses will be graded by the new system in coming years, but for 2017, it will only be Mathematics and English that adopt this new grading system. If you sat your English and/or Maths exams before 2017, you will still be graded A*-G. Grade 4 is roughly equivalent to a C grade in the old system.

What combinations of A Level subjects can I study?

Almost any combination is possible because our timetable is very flexible. In the rare case that some subjects cannot be studied together, these are indicated in the individual course details in the Courses section. This can be discussed at interview.

How many A levels can I take?

Most students taking A Levels choose 3 subjects and will commit to these courses for the full two years. This is because A levels are changing to become two-year linear courses (see A levels for more information). Our most able and ambitious of students (usually with at least five A/A* grades at GCSE) may wish to study four subjects at A Level. This will often include students who choose to study A Level Mathematics with Further Maths. Students must commit to four subjects for the full two years.

If I start an A Level and don’t like it can I drop it?

You are advised to think carefully about your choice because subject change is not usually advisable and may not be possible once lessons have started. In any event, you must continue to study a full A level programme.

How do I apply?

We prefer students to apply online via Tyber. Check out our step-by-step guide to applying to see the process you will go through. The deadline for applications is 31 March. Priority is given to students from our partner schools (Cockshut Hill, Hall Green, Langley, Light Hall, Lode Heath, Lyndon, Ninestiles and Yardleys Schools), then to applicants who live within the Borough of Solihull and then to students from our affiliate schools.

When are your Open Days?

Open Day is on Saturday 8 October 2016 (9.30am – 3.30pm, last entry at 2.30pm). Open Evening is on Thursday 10 November 2016 (5.00 – 8.00pm, last entry at 7.30pm). Information Evening is on Thursday 2 March 2017 (4.30 – 7.00pm, last entry at 6.30pm).

Where is the College located?

The College is located on Widney Manor Road, just to the south of Solihull town centre, approximately 15 minutes walk from the centre itself. It is easily accessed by car, bus and train.

What is the difference between A Level and applied courses?

A Level is mostly assessed by external exams, the amount of coursework is one-third or less in nearly all subjects. Our Applied courses are BTEC Extended Diplomas and CACHE Diplomas, which havea much higher coursework element.