Entry Requirements

Our college entry requirements are 5 GCSE grades 4-9 or equivalent, and one of these must be English Language or Mathematics.

Please check the individual requirements for each subject on the course pages. Some subjects require additional grades in related GCSE subjects. We will consider BTEC courses as ONE GCSE equivalent as long they are at least a Merit grade at Level 2.

Subject specific requirements are subject to continual review post results each year and are therefore subject to change up to enrolment.

While we endeavour to honour these basic requirements, the college reserve the right to look at students’ overall prior attainment.

Similarly in some very exceptional circumstances, requirements may be relaxed, but subject staff would need evidence of relevant prior knowledge.

Attainment 8

The subject entry requirements include a RECOMMENDED Attainment 8 score .

Attainment 8 is a nationally recognised measure of achievement at level 2 ( GCSE).  It is calculated by taking into account performance in all subjects , but greater weighting is given to certain subjects ( e.g. Maths, English and Science) . You will not know your Attainment 8 score until enrolment.

We look at Attainment 8 scores in order to help you choose a study programme in which research suggests  you are most likely to achieve higher grades.  It is only a recommendation,  and we also look at the overall coherence of your subject choices and grades in the subjects most relevant to your chosen programme and your future careers aims.

Rest assured there will be a suitable course for you at King Edward College if you achieve our minimum entry requirements.