Entry Requirements

What's happening to AS, A Level and GCSE qualifications?

New-style AS and A Levels for some subjects will be taught in schools in England from September 2015, with further subjects being changed from 2016 and 2017. The first results for the new AS qualifications will be in 2016, and the first revised A Levels will be awarded in 2017.

New GCSEs will begin to be taught in England from September 2016. Further GCSE subjects will be taught in England from 2017. The first results of the reformed GCSEs will be awarded in 2017.

Our approach

We will welcome applicants holding the new qualifications. We appreciate that the new qualifications can be a little daunting, but would like to reassure you that all qualifications, both old and new, will be considered equally and fairly by us.

Our approach to admissions is to always carefully consider the full range of applicant information when deciding upon whether to offer someone a place. Personal statements, references, predicted and actual academic achievement – and in some cases interviews, auditions and portfolios – are all taken into account.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the new qualifications

New A levels being taught from September 2015

  • Sciences: biology, chemistry, physics
  • English: English language, English literature, English language and literature
  • Art and design
  • Business
  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Additional reformed subjects will be first taught from 2016 and 2017 in subsequent phases. These subjects are yet to be reformed – they're either in the process of being reformed or under consultation.

New GCSEs being taught from September 2016

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship
  • Computer science
  • Food preparation and nutrition
  • Dance
  • Double award combined science
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern foreign languages and ancient languages
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Religious studies

Further subjects will be revised for 2017 first teaching.

More information

UCAS Qualification Reform Guidance

Ofqual Guidance

Or contact us at admissions@bcu.ac.uk