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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Entry Requirements

A Level 2 Year Courses:

In order to be considered for an A Level course, students will be expected to have gained a minimum of ‘B’ grades in their chosen subjects having been studied at a higher tier.  For Applied A Level courses students will need to have gained ‘C’ grades as an absolute minimum at GCSE, including Maths and English.  Some subjects will have more specific requirements, for example, Further Maths require an ‘A’ grade at GCSE Maths, with Biology, Chemistry and Physics all requiring a minimum of 5 GCSEs at ‘B’ grade (including a ‘B’ in their chosen subject.)

Students will usually study four A Level subjects.  It is possible for students to take AS Level exams in Year 12, but we advise you to confirm this before making your choice.  The Extended Project is also offered as an alternative or additional qualification.

Students wishing to study subjects that they did not study at GCSE will only be accepted on these courses if their overall GCSE grades merit such a decision.

Level 3 Diplomas

Level 3 Extended Diplomas are full-time courses, equivalent to three GCE Advanced Levels. The entry requirements are slightly less demanding than A Levels but we would still expect a good educational background with five ‘C’ grades at GCSE in separate subjects, as well as staff recommendations that the student will cope with the learning style and assessments made.  Mathematics and English would ideally be passed with a ‘C’ grade.

Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to two A Levels with Subsidiary Diplomas being equivalent to one A Level.  Both the Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are studied along with other Advanced Subsidiary or Vocational courses.


If you do not obtain the required ‘C’ grade for GCSE Mathematics and English, you will be required to attend re-take lessons.  These are compulsory classes and attendance will be monitored.