Virtually any combination of subjects is possible; we design our timetable to try to match
the combinations requested by applicants.
Needless to say, you are advised to choose subjects in which you are interested and which will together support your future higher education and/or career ambitions. Those ambitions may mean that you are already sure about two or even three of your subject choices. If this is not the case, it may be advisable to choose at least one and possibly more of the following ‘facilitating subjects’, providing that these subjects play to your strengths and you would enjoy studying them: Mathematics; Further Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Geography; History; Languages (Modern and Classical); English Literature. Further advice about subject choices is available on pages 31of our Prospectus 2018.
You should also verify whether or not you are qualified for your subjects by checking your estimated grades against the entry requirements for each subject, which may be found in our prospectus and on the applications
page of our website. If you have not studied a subject before, please check the entry criteria carefully as most subjects can accept alternatives that support the course.
If you are interested in studying Maths or science, you may notice that our entry requirements are slightly different to other subjects. In common with many other post-16 centres nationally, we require students wishing to study Maths or a science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology) to achieve at least grade 7 (formerly A) at GCSE in the relevant subject. This reflects national research and local evidence which indicates that a significant proportion of students who start these subjects with lower GCSE grades are unable to complete the courses successfully.