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Why do a GCSE Equivalency Exam?

GCSE Equivalency testing are usually carried out the core subjects of English,Maths and Science for the purposes of meeting course entry requirements into higher education. They are generally taken by applicants to post graduate teacher training courses in the UK.

Also, those applying for other professional tertiary courses such as nursery and midwifery sit these exams.

Candidates may not have sat the required GCSE or achieved their desired grade at school or perhaps they have lost their certificate and completed their schooling overseas and their qualification is not regarded as equivalent to a GCSE.

What are the requirements for teacher training and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)?

For Primary Post Graduate Teachers.    

Training providers require the following qualifications or equivalencies:

  • a degree
  • grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English
  • grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE Maths
  • grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE Science

For Secondary Post Graduate Teachers and QTS.

The requirements are the same apart from Science, which is NOT REQUIRED for secondary teaching.

If candidates cannot provide evidence of these grades the training providers may require candidates to sit an equivalency test.

The requirement to pass numeracy and literacy professional skills tests are not required after 1 April 2020

For Further Education Post Graduate Teachers Training and QTS.

Training providers will usually require:

  • a degree, or relevant vocational or technical qualification
  • grade 4 (C) or above in English GCSEs (or equivalent)
  • grade 4 (C) or above in Maths GCSEs (or equivalent)

Check with your training provider if you are uncertain about your qualifications. If you have overseas qualifications you can check with  NARIC to obtain their equivalencies in the UK.

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