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Entry requirements

Entry requirements at City College Brighton and Hove

Full time courses for 16-19 year olds

The table below outlines the minimum entry requirements for the different types of courses we offer. Entry requirements are a guide to the level of education required to study each course. If a course requires additional qualifications or evidence of suitability (e.g. a portfolio) this will be stated on the course description page. Please note, all courses require an interview.

Pre Entry and Foundation Learning Appropriate level of skills and ‘college readiness’ assessed at interview Pre Entry, Entry Level

1-3 or Level 1
Entry Level 1-3

Level 1/2
Level 1 Entry Level course

Minimum of 2 GCSE grade A*- G (grade 9-1†)

May require English and maths at

Entry Level 3 or Level 1
NVQ Level 1

Level 1 Diploma
Level 2

Intermediate Apprenticeship

Level 2 Minimum of 3 GCSEs grade A*- D (grade 9-3†)

Most require English and maths to be included. Some require a basic knowledge of science

Successful completion of a Level 1 course
NVQ Level 2

BTEC/UAL Level 2 Diploma

Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 3

Advanced Apprenticeship

Full-time employment
Level 3

(All carry UCAS points)
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or above

(grade 4† or above)

Ability to achieve English and maths minimum GCSE grade C (grade 4†)

Some require a good knowledge of science

Successful completion of a Level 2 course

Some courses (including Trades, Hairdressing, Beauty and Motor Vehicle) require Level 2 in the same area to be completed prior to Level 3
2-3 A-Levels

Access to HE

NVQ/BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma

BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma

Advanced Apprenticeship

2-3 A-Levels
Level 3 (year 2)

Level 4 or 5

Foundation/Bachelor Degree

Higher Apprenticeship

Full-time employment
Level 3/4

(Art & Design Foundation and post A-Level Photography)
A minimum of grade C in at least one A-Level in a creative subject, 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including GCSE English and maths (grade 9-4†) Year 0 at university Level 4 or 5

Foundation/Bachelor Degree


† New grading scale for English and maths - changes to GCSE grading

English and maths grades received in 2017 will be graded differently to the other subjects. The new grading scale uses the numbers 9-1 to identify levels of performance (with 9 being the top level). Therefore, to reach the minimum entry requirement of a grade C, students will need to achieve a grade 4 on the new grading scale.

Part-time courses

Specific entry requirements for each of our part-time courses can be found on the course description page. Most of our business and professional courses require an interview and application. These courses display an 'Apply now' button on the course description web page or are marked with a 'A' in the course guide. This icon means entry on to the course is subject an interview. For these courses, please complete an Application Form by clicking the ‘Apply Online‘ button which can be found on the course pages at Alternatively, you can print off a paper copy of the Part-time Application Form here.

You will then be invited for interview and if successful, you will need to enrol in person at our Student Centre.

Higher Education

Individual offers may vary depending on experience. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS (English proficiency) 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing is advised.