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Entry Requirements

A Levels:

You will usually choose 3 subjects. To study A Levels the minimum requirement is at least four GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English Language at Grade 4. Some A Levels will have additional requirements, such as a Grade 5 if the subject was taken at GCSE, or a Grade 5 or 6 in Maths.

If you have not achieved a Grade 4 in Maths, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificates

These can be taken alongside your A Level options. They have the same delivery mode and UCAS points as A Levels but are more coursework based.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Students may also choose to take an extended project in their second year. This is equivalent in size to half an A Level and requires you to produce a single piece of work of your own choosing showing evidence of planning, preparation and research.

Vocational Courses:

There are many subject areas to choose from but it’s worth bearing in mind that you can only study one vocational qualification at a time.

Level 3 = 1 to 2 Years

Level 3 qualifications are equivalent to A Levels so you will need to have achieved at least five GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above to enrol. Upon successful completion of a Level 3 qualification you will be ideally placed to pursue a career in your chosen industry or go on to do a degree course either at Selby College or a University to specialise further in your chosen area. They vary in length, usually from 1-2 years depending on the programme you are following, however it is possible to progress to the next qualification upon successful completion of the lower level.

Level 2 = 1 or 2 Years

Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE Grades 4-9 and as such you will be expected to have achieved at least four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above to enrol on one of these programmes. Successful completion however, will pave the way for you to further your studies at Level 3.

Level 1 = 1 Year

You will usually need to have gained Grades 1 and 2 in your GCSEs to study a Level 1 programme, but these will build on your existing skills and, upon successful completion, allow you to progress to a Level 2 course.

Entry Level = Up to 1 Year

There are no formal entry requirements for these programmes which have been specifically designed to provide you with essential life and study skills. Successful completion of an Entry Level programme can provide you with a stepping stone to a Level 1 course.


There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship (unless an employer stipulates any themselves) however all potential apprentices will undertake a basic Maths and English assessment prior to enrolment.

For learners who have not achieved GCSEs (A-C or equivalent) in Maths and English, they will be required to work towards a Functional Skills qualification in Maths and/or English up to Level 2.

Adult Learning:

GCSE English and Maths would be an advantage for the majority of our Adult Learning courses, but the suitability of any candidate will be considered at interview.

If you would like further details on the entry requirements on any of our Adult Learning courses, contact us on courseinfo@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk or call 01924 789111 to speak to a member of our team.

Higher Education:

All of our Higher Education courses have individual entry requirements; these can be found on the specific course webpages. If you can’t see your qualifications listed, please get in touch with us to discuss your options as we may accept applicants who have relevant skills and experience but do not hold the traditional entry requirements.