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Choose the right pathway Making choices about what to study can often be difficult when faced with so many options including subjects that may be new to you. You may want to consider the course content,
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Choose the right pathway Making choices about what to study can often be difficult when faced with so many options including subjects that may be new to you. You may want to consider the course content, how it is assessed and which courses combine well. By visiting our website, you will gain more information that may help you decided on a programme. When planning your programme you should take into account what your GCSE or prior achievement is likely to be, what you are interested in and how studying a subject may prepare or qualify you for what you want to do after leaving college. We offer different levels of programmes and you will have advice on which suits you best based on your GCSE results. If you enrol onto an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 programme, you will be given advice and guidance to progress internally onto the next level. Your study programme The college offers an unrivalled range of courses from Entry Level to Level 3, meaning that we can help find the right programme for you. The vast majority of student at WQE will enrol onto a Level 3 programme, which may consist of vocational and/or academic courses. It is important to choose a combination of courses that suits your preferred way of study and careers aspirations. Our programmes of study and individual courses have specific entry criteria; we can give you good advice about the best match for your current abilities, interests and needs. As a guide, use the table below to identify the level and the programme type that best matches the qualifications with which you expect to enrol at WQE. Within a programme, individual course/subject specific entry requirements apply. These can be checked on our website. Entering with Level Programme Duration Leads to 6 GCSEs grade 9 4 (A* - C) including English Language; at least 2 GCSEs at 5 or above Level 3 A Levels 2 Years University Employment Higher/Degree Apprenticeships 5 GCSEs grade 9 4 (A* - C) including English Language 5 GCSEs grade 3-4 (D/C) including English Language 5 GCSEs grade 2+ including English Language Level 3 Applied General Level 3 Level 2 Level 1 GCSE Technical Level 2 Employability English Maths 2 Years University Employment Higher/Degree Apprenticeships 1 Year Level 3 courses 1 Year Level 2 courses 5 GCSEs Grade 1 (F+) or below Entry level English Maths ICT 1 Year Level 1 courses A-level courses We normally expect applicants to have achieved good GCSE passes in at least six subjects, these must: demonstrate the suitability for Advanced Level study have been achieved at grade 4/C as a minimum include two at grade 5/B as a minimum include English Language - a minimum of grade 4/C Mathematics - If not achieved within the scope of above should normally be achieved at a minimum of grade 3 (D). If mathematics is not achieved at grade 4 (C) then it will be a requirement to continue to study at the correct level until a grade 4 is achieved. Subject with a mathematical content will require a higher grade. Subject entry criteria Accounting Art, Fine Art, Craft and Design Biology Business Chemistry Computer Science Drama and Theatre Studies Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art and Design or grade 4 or above in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials) In order to fully support students who have gained a Grade 4 in GCSE in an Art and Design or Design Technology subject, or those who have not had the opportunity to study these subjects at GCSE, a short drawing task will form part of the enrolment procedure. This is to ensure applicants can successfully meet the rigours of the course. It would be helpful for students to bring examples of their creative work at enrolment. Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or Grade 4 in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials). See additional information regarding drawing task under Art, Fine Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Grade 66 or above in GCSE Combined Science (Higher Tier) or a minimum of 655 in the separate sciences which should normally include grade 6 in Biology Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. Grade 66 or above in GCSE Combined Science (Higher Tier) or minimum 655 in individual sciences which should normally include grade 6 or above in Chemistry Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 5 in GCSE English language Practical performance experience desirable Economics Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics Electronics English Language English Language and Literature English Literature Fashion and Textiles Film Studies French Geography German Graphic Communication History History, Ancient Law Mathematics Maths, Further Media Studies Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. Minimum grade 55 in GCSE Combined Science with a minimum grade 5 in Physics Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and Literature. One grade 5 will be acceptable for students who did not have the option to sit two English GCSEs Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and Literature. One grade 5 will be acceptable for students who did not have the option to sit two English GCSEs Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and Literature. One grade 5 will be acceptable for students who did not have the option to sit two English GCSEs Grade 4 or above in GCSE Art and Design or grade 4 or above in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials) See additional information regarding drawing task under Art, Fine Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and grade 6 or above in GCSE French Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Geography. Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics also required Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and grade 6 or above in German Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or Grade 4 in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials). See additional information regarding drawing task under Art, Fine Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 5 or above in History (if taken) Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Literature and English Language. A minimum of grade 5 or above in History (if taken) Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics. Students achieving the minimum grade 6 will be required to take an algebra assessment at enrolment to determine their suitability for the course. Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Grades 8-9 or A/A* in all subjects also required Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature Music Photography Physical Education Physics Politics Product Design Grade 5 or above in GCSE Music and at least grade 6 standard on an instrument or voice. Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or Grade 4 in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials). Previous photographic experience is useful but not essential. We will consider applications from students who don t have Art GCSE but can show they have had experience of photography. A minimum of : Grade 55 in Combined Science or if separate sciences taken a grade 5 in Biology, Grade 4 in Maths, Grade 6 in GCSE PE (if taken) or Distinction in Level 2 BTEC/Cambridge Technical Sport (if taken) Students intending to take A level Physical Education should have already attained a high standard of performance in one sport. You will be required to attend a Sport Experience Day prior to enrolment on this course. Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 6 in Mathematics. Grade 66 or above in Combined Science (Higher Tier) or a minimum of 655 in the separate sciences which should normally include grade 6 or above in Physics Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or Grade 4 in GCSE Design and Technology (Graphic Products or Resistant Materials). See additional information regarding drawing task under Art, Fine. Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language, grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and a minimum of two GCSE Sciences at grade 5 or above. Grade 5 in GCSE English Language Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish Advanced Level vocational courses We normally expect applicants to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs, at grades A*-C/4 9, including English Language, from a mixture of GCSEs and equivalents. Applicants wishing to study a mixture of A Level and BTEC programme are required to meet the A level standard college requirements. The A Level equivalences for vocational courses are as follows Course type BTEC National Extended Certificate BTEC National Diploma BTEC National Extended Diploma Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Cambridge Technical Diploma Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Equivalence 1 A Level 2 A Levels 3 A Levels 1 A Level 2 A Levels 3 A Levels Subject entry criteria Business Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate Business Level 3 Extended Certificate Business Level 3 Diploma Business Level 3 National Extended Diploma Health and Social Care Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Health and Social Care Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma Health and Social Care Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma ICT Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate ICT Level 3 National Extended Certificate ICT Level 3 National Diploma ICT Level 3 National Extended Diploma Law Level 3 Extended Certificate Media Level 3 Extended Certificate Grade 4 in Maths GCSE Grade 4 in Maths GCSE Grade 3 in Science or Physical Education GCSE Grade 3 in Science or Physical Education GCSE Grade 3 in Science or Physical Education GCSE Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma (Dance or Musical Theatre at Studio 79) Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma (Musical Theatre at LCPA) Psychology Level 3 National Extended Certificate Public Services Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths, English Language and two Sciences Science Level 3 National Extended Certificate Grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science, or grade 4 in two of the Separate Sciences, or a minimum of a Pass grade in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science Science Level 3 Diploma Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 National Diploma Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 Extended Diploma Grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science, or grade 4 in two of the Separate Sciences, or a minimum of a Pass grade in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science Grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science and either grade 4 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in Level 2 BTEC/Cambridge Technical Sport. Leadership/coaching experience is preferable. Grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science and either grade 4 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in Level 2 BTEC/Cambridge Technical Sport. Leadership/coaching experience is preferable. Grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science and either grade 4 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in Level 2 BTEC/Cambridge Technical Sport. Leadership/coaching experience is preferable. Level Two GCSE and Vocational courses We normally expect applicants to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs, at grades D/3, including English Language, from a mixture of GCSEs and equivalents. Any applicants wishing to study a mixture of GCSE and BTEC programme are required to meet the standard college requirements that should include grade D/3 in English Language. Any applicants wishing to study a full Applied Level 2 BTEC programme alongside GCSE English and Maths are required to meet the standard college requirements. This should include grade D/3 in English Language. The GCSE equivalences for vocational courses are as follows Course type Certificate Extended Certificate Diploma Equivalence 1 GCSE 2 GCSE 4 GCSEs Subject entry criteria Art Biology Higher Biology Foundation Chemistry Higher Chemistry Foundation Citizenship English Language Graphics (Digital) Mathematics Photography Psychology Sociology PLUS Core Science OR Additional Science at grade 3/D PLUS Core Science OR Additional Science at grade 2/E PLUS Core Science OR Additional Science at grade 3/D PLUS Core Science OR Additional Science at grade 2/E PLUS Science grade 3/D Business Level 2 Extended Certificate Business Level 2 Diploma Business Level 2 Diploma with Work Placement Health and Social Care Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Health and Social Care Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma ICT Level 2 Extended Certificate ICT Level 2 Diploma Law and Legal Work Level 2 Certificate Media Level 2 Extended Certificate Performing Arts L2 Diploma (Dance - Studio 79) Sport Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate Sport Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma Grade 3 or above in Maths GCSE Level One Vocational courses We normally expect applicants to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs, at grades E/2, including English Language, from a mixture of GCSEs and equivalents. All Level 1 students study a programme, which includes English, Maths and Employability. Subject entry criteria Business Level 1 Certificate in Employability Health Level 1 Certificate in Employability ICT Level 1 Certificate in Employability Science Level 1 Certificate in Employability ESOL Entry Level courses Students who enrol at the College with no qualifications will study an ESOL programme. Entry Level 1 / 2 / 3 Level 1 By assessment By assessment The full Admissions Policy is available on the College website For further information regarding applying to WQE please contact our Admissions Team: Please note all information is correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
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