Helping you succeed

Access Creative College aims to offer creative opportunities for everyone. However, to study at higher levels, it is important that you have the right prior skills to succeed. This is a guide to what you will need.

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This is a basic explanation of the levels of our courses, based on their equivalence to GCSEs and A levels.

  • Level 1 = low GCSE equivalent (grades 1-3).
  • Level 2 = GCSE equivalent (grades 4-9)
  • Level 3 = A Level equivalent
  • Level 4 = first year of a degree

We value your creative passion and skills above all else. However, it is important that we place you on the right level of course for your current skill set. For entry this approximately equates to:

  • LEVEL 1: there are no formal entry requirements, but you will enjoy things like taking photos, making music and designing online. This course will help you develop your skills and focus your creative interests.
  • LEVEL 2: you will have a combination of GCSE grades, with the majority at 3-1 (or D-G).
  • LEVEL 3: you will need to show that you are capable of working at Level 3 (A Level standard) by achieving at least four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C-A*), including English, or other equivalent qualifications. Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. Places are conditional based on this achievement and we will discuss options with you if you do not attain these.
  • LEVEL 4: you will need to show that you have worked successfully at Level 3 and are able to undertake creative development work at this level.


If you are still at school we recommend you supply a school reference to back up your predicted grades. This will help us to assess your application.


If you are awaiting your examination results and your place on the course depends on these, then you will be offered a conditional place.

You can still enrol with the college with a conditional offer and we encourage everyone to enrol early – see section on Enrolment for more information.

If you enrol early, but do not get the required grades, you will be first on our list to come in and have a chat about your options. We are very flexible and there is usually a solution which means you can stay with the college.