Entry requirements

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To be happy and successful in College it is vital that students are on a programme of study that suits their level of ability. Our course entry requirements provide a guide to which level of course is the most appropriate and the qualifications students need before being accepted to a particular programme or level of study.

Please note that some subjects ask for other more specific entry requirements. Where applicable these are indicated in the individual course profiles on the site.

The College reserves the right not to accept qualifications that are considered inappropriate for entry to certain courses. More details on this and the College’s entry requirements are available at the interview stage and at enrolment. The details outlined here serve as an initial guide.

Applied Advanced Level 3 Programme

For enrolment to study an Applied Programme at Advanced Level (for which the assessment is predominantly coursework based), you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C, in addition to a grade 4 in English Language.

Students with this GCSE grade profile are advised to follow a 3 A Level equivalence pathway. This will typically involve a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma or a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma plus 1 A Level.

Subject specific requirements are shown within the subjects section. As a general rule we want you to have shown ability at GCSE in the subject that you want to study at St John Rigby College.

The more subjects that you pass at A*-C and the higher your GCSE grades the more options you will have when you enrol at St John Rigby College.

This offers progression to Higher Education, Advanced Apprenticeships or employment

Entry And Level 1
(The Foundation Academy)

Entry and Level 1 courses are one year programmes designed to help you prepare for GCSE and Level 2 programmes.

The Entry Level programme is suited for you if you gain at least 3 F grades, in addition to English Language grade 1, in your GCSEs.

To study the Level 1 programme you will have achieved a minimum of 3 E grades in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 2 in English Language.

In addition to a range of vocational study modules you will study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Mathematics.

This offers progression to suitable Level 2 courses or employment

Academic Advanced Level 3 Programme

At St John Rigby College we review each student on an individual basis. To guarantee enrolment to study a programme of A Level subjects, you will need a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade B and 3 GCSEs at grade C, in addition to a grade 5 in English Language.
Subject specific requirements are shown within the course information section of the prospectus. As a general rule we want you to have shown ability at GCSE in the subjects that you want to study at St John Rigby College.

The more subjects that you pass at A*-C and the higher your GCSE grades, the more options you will have when you enrol at St John Rigby College.

This offers progression to Higher Education, Advanced Apprenticeships or employment

Level 2 Programme
(Pre-Advanced Pathway)

This one year programme is designed for students who require an alternative pathway to Level 3 courses. This course is a full time one year programme with an emphasis on applied learning. You will study a BTEC Level 2 certificate in Art, Business, Health & Social Care or ICT alongside retaking GCSE qualifications in Mathematics and / or English Language.

To study a Level 2 programme you will have achieved a minimum of 3 D grades in your GCSEs, in addition to a grade 3 in English Language.

This offers progression to suitable Advanced Level courses or employment

Elective Programme
(Gifted and Talented)

For those with very high GCSE grades, this programme aims to prepare you for the most selective universities and courses.

The Elective Programme is designed to meet the particular needs of students with high achievement or potential. It aims to foster confidence, ambition and academic discipline with opportunities for sport, music, voluntary and community work, alongside the development of appropriate study skills. This prepares students for application to the most prestigious universities. Elective Programme students receive wide ranging support and guidance from a specialist team and are encouraged to develop specific interests and aptitudes beyond the basic requirements of the syllabus.

This pathway targets progression to Higher Education but other progression routes are also possible and increasingly include Higher Level Apprenticeships.