GCSE Equivalent Qualifications

GCSE Equivalency tests are now more common than ever with the GCSE exams becoming more difficult and the fact that having a GCSE to grade C or level 4 is now mandatory for all universities and further education routes. Many people resit their GCSE exams at College or 6th form but the national pass rates for this are appalling with 9 out of 10 people failing their resit. Therefore, more and more people are required to pass an English and maths equivalency test in order to further their career. The GCSE equivalents are prominent for universities with teacher training courses and many universities have their own equivalency tests that you will have to pass in order to get on their course, if you don’t already have your GCSE maths and English to the required level. As well as university providers, there are external providers of English and maths equivalency tests, with qualifications that are recognised by most universities.

GCSE Equivalent FAQ’s

Do I need an English and maths GCSE to go into teaching?

Not necessarily, most universities now accept these equivalency tests in place of GCSE maths and English. You can see a full list of universities that accept external equivalency test qualifications

List of GCSE Equivalent universities and training providers 

I have a level 3 in my maths, is this enough?

No, most universities require a minimum of a level 4 in maths and English, so you have the choice of taking an equivalency test or resitting your GCSE maths.

What is covered in the maths equivalency test?

The following document details the topics that appear in the maths equivalency test. Please note that each university may have a variation of this specification so please check with the university directly to get their topic list if you are sitting the test directly through them.

Maths Equivalency Test – Higher Spec

Mathematics Equivalency Test – Foundation Spec 

What is covered in the English equivalency test?

The following PDF outlines what is covered in the English equivalency test. However, please make sure you check with your university directly to ensure you cover the right specification for their test.

English Equivalency Test – Specification

Is the maths equivalency test easier than GCSE maths?

The short answer is yes, as there are fewer topics to cover and generally more people pass the equivalency tests in comparison to those resitting their GCSE maths.

Do you have tutors to help with my GCSE equivalency test?

Yes we have specialist GCSE equivalency tutors who help people that really struggle with maths and English to pass these tests.

Are there any resources for the equivalency tests?

Yes, please see our resource list below for both the maths equivalency and English equivalency tests.

Maths Equivalency Resource List

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