We recognise that some applicants, teachers and advisors have questions about the qualification reforms and hope that the information below helps answer these.
Students may not have AS qualifications for all of their A Level subjects – how do you view this?
We understand that AS Levels will not be held by all A Level applicants once AS Levels begin to be decoupled from A Levels. If you have not had the opportunity to take AS Levels at your school or college you will not be disadvantaged.
How do you view the mix of A Level qualifications that will begin to occur?
We welcome applications with the new and old qualifications. We recognise that we will begin to see a mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ A Levels for some applicants who will be applying to us in 2016-18. We will not discriminate between different years/awards.
How will you assess applications where AS results are unavailable?
We look at applicants in a broad and holistic way, not simplistically. If you do not hold AS qualifications we will make our decision using your personal statement, references, predicted and actual academic achievement (and in some cases interview, audition or portfolio).
Will applicants taking Physics, Biology or Chemistry in England be required to pass the Practical Skills tests?
For entry to Engineering courses we will require a pass in the practical element of the reformed Science A Level qualifications. If you fail this element you will be assessed on a case by case basis.
What’s your advice to anyone who feels they may be in a stronger position if they take an AS Level in addition to three A Levels?
We advise applicants not to spread themselves too thinly and to think carefully about whether undertaking additional qualifications might harm their chances of achieving the grades required for their place.
How do you view the mix of ‘old’ and ‘new’ GCSE qualifications that will begin to occur?
As with A Levels, we welcome applications with the new and old qualifications. We recognise that we will begin to see a mix of old and new GCSEs for some applicants who will be applying to us. We will not discriminate between different versions of these qualifications.
What will be the minimum pass grade that you will accept for GCSEs?
We will continue to accept grade ‘C’ GCSE as the minimum pass for those with the old GCSE. We will accept grade 4 as the minimum pass for those with the new GCSEs.
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