Year 12 Applications

Applications for NUAST are made via our online portal. 


Entry Requirements

We have general entry requirements for entry to study A Levels at NUAST and some subjects have specific requirements.

The general entry requirements are at least five grade 6s across your GCSE subjects. In addition to this, we cannot accept any student who achieves below a grade 4 in Mathematics or English (both English GCSEs) under any circumstances.

Subject specific requirements are as follows:

Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 6/5 in Combined Science (6 in the biology element)
Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or 6/5 in Combined Science (6 in the chemistry element)
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Grade 6 in GCSE Physics
Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
We also expect students taking A Level physics to also be taking A-Level Mathematics due to the high amount of A-Level mathematicss content in the physics course
Minimum requirement is Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
Further Mathematics
Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics
Computer Science
Grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science or ability to demonstrate computer programming skills. 
Students who have previously studied history will require a Grade 6 in GCSE History. If no previous experience a grade 7 in GCSE English is recommended. 
Recommended grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

The following A level subjects do not require previous experience of studying the subject at GCSE:

BTEC Engineering, Business, Economics, Engineering design, History, Politics, Product design, Psychology and Sociology.

In addition, students can opt to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in year 12. This is a AS Level equivalent qualification that is highly regarded by universities and if completed successfully can lower the entry grade requirements of some undergraduate courses.

Alternatively, students have the option to choose the engineering pathway through the BTEC extended diploma in Engineering.

Click here to apply for September 2024

Year 7 Applications

Applications for Year 7 places

To apply to NUAST for a place in Year 7 you will need to go online and submit your application through the Nottingham City Council application system or the Nottinghamshire County Council application system (To apply through other local authorities use the links below).

Applications for Year 7 entry cannot be made directly to NUAST.

Nottingham City Council Applications

Nottingham City Council generally consider applications after the 31 October to be ‘late’. Early applications are advised, particularly with the school growing and this also means you will receive a response from Nottingham City Council more quickly.

If you apply to NUAST before the October deadline, you can expect to receive a confirmation from Nottingham City Council before the Easter holiday. Applications received from November onwards will be dealt with in the spring and summer term.

Upon receiving confirmation from Nottingham City Council that your child has been offered a place, it is important that you confirm the offer with them directly by calling 0115 841 5568 or emailing

Nottinghamshire County Council Applications

Nottinghamshire County Council consider applications to be late if applying after the 31 October, however you can still apply to NUAST throughout the academic year for entry in September.

To apply via Nottinghamshire County Council we would recommend contacting their Admissions Team on 0300 500 80 80 in the first instance for guidance on how to apply.

Once we have received official confirmation from your Local Authority that your application has been successful we will be in touch to invite you into NUAST to meet staff, fellow students and begin the transition process for your September start.

‘In-year’ applications during current academic year

If you want to join during the current academic year, you will need to apply directly to the academy for a place (which will then be an "in-year" application). To apply from September onwards, complete our online contact form in the first instance giving details of your request.

"In year" applications are for those children looking to transfer from one school to another within the current academic year (for example, they have already started their studies at their current school).