Entry Criteria

BMet offers a wide range of programmes for you to study from entry level to degree level. We know everyone is different so we make every effort to help you pick the right qualifications and route to get you to where you want to be. Whatever previous qualifications and experience you have we will be able to offer you a course that moves you towards your chosen goals.

We set our admissions criteria to make sure everyone studying with us has the best chance of success. The statements below outline what we usually expect you to have achieved before starting at a particular level or type of course. For a number of our subjects such as art and design we will also ask to see your portfolio of previous work.

Level 3

A-Level Programmes

To study a programme of 4 A-Levels with us we ask that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades A* - C including Maths and English. For some subjects we ask that you have a Grade B or above in the relevant GCSE. For A level arts related subjects we also need to see your portfolio (at least 5 pieces of your work).

Vocational Programmes (2 Year)

To study a Level 3 Vocational Qualification we ask that you have achieved a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and/or English. If you have completed a Level 2 Vocational programme you will need to have achieved a Merit or Distinction. If you have achieved a Pass grade then you would need to complete an additional assessment to make sure this was the right route to a Level 3 qualification for you.

Subsidiary/Extended Diploma

4 GCSE passes at Grade C or above including Mathematics & English and or Level 2 First Diploma with a pass grade in a relevant subject or Initial Assessment Level 2 English (free writing) and Level 1 Maths.

Diploma in Foundation Studies

Students must have at least 2 AS levels or 1 A Level or National Diploma qualification in a related subjects or equivalent qualifications.

Access to Higher Education

Our access programmes are aimed at adults looking to progress onto university level study and are specifically designed for mature students aged 19+. We ask that applicants can demonstrate a range of life experiences outside of formal education including but not limited to voluntary or paid work so you can benefit fully from the experience of studying these courses.

You will need to demonstrate that you have literacy skills and numeracy skills at Level 2 as a minimum. To do this we will ask you to complete an on-line assessment. We also ask you to complete a piece of free writing in a set time, a written comprehension test and an interview with a course tutor.

This may seem like a long list but we know what is required to prepare you study university level qualifications and we want to make sure you have every chance of success.

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C are critical requirements for University entrance so if you do not have these or their equivalent you will need to study them alongside your access programme. If you are studying a health, social care or education programme you will also be required to study Science to GCSE if you haven’t already achieved a Grade C.

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Level 2

Intermediate Vocational Programmes (1 Year)

To study a Level 2 Vocational qualification we ask that you have achieved a minimum of 4 Grade D's or above at GCSE which may include Maths and/or English. If you have completed a Level 1 Vocational Programme, you may be asked to complete an additional vocationally relevant assessment to make sure this was the right route to a Level 2 qualification for you.

First Diploma courses

4 GCSEs at Grade D or above and or Level 1 (pass) vocational qualification in a relevant subject Initial Assessment (computer or paper based) Level 1 including free writing

Apprenticeships

A minimum of 4 grade Ds or above at GCSE which may include Mathematics and/or English, according to the requirements of the curriculum area, a Foundation Diploma, OR Merit grade and above at Level 1.

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Level 1 and Entry Programmes

There are no formal requirements to study at Entry or Level 1. You may be asked to complete an assessment so we can make sure you are studying at the right level and get the right support to help you succeed.

Level 1 – BTEC Introductory Diploma

No formal qualifications needed.

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