Overseas Quals & GCSE Equivalency
Advice for those with overseas qualifications, and those who for whatever reason do not hold the required GCSE level qualifications
After you have applied for teacher training, our partner university may be able to help establish equivalency issues for qualifications from some countries that they commonly deal with (see contact details below) but for many applicants you will need to establish comparability of your degree and English, Maths & Science qualifications by referring them to the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC).
English Language qualifications taken in countries where English is not the first language, will not be equivalent to the UK English Language GCSE.
The DfE may also be able to help - on the DfE Get into Teaching website's funding page there is a footnote to the bursaries table that states:
'Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you've submitted your application to teacher training, if required by your training provider'
Non UK qualifications can often cause an unnecessary delay in us being able to consider your application and the earlier that equivalency can be confirmed, the better for you.
Do not just ASSUME that some other non-GCSE exam that you took in the UK in English, Maths or Science is equivalent to a GCSE even if the examining body tells you it is equivalent.
If you do not hold a GCSE or your grade was below the entry requirement level, it is imperative that you clarify exactly which type of equivalency tests you need to take (if any at all) in discussion with the relevant accrediting university for the WLTSA course that you are applying for, see details and guidance below. We have Primary courses run in partnership with two different universities (St Mary’s Twickenham and University of Roehampton). Each university has its own rules about which equivalency tests they can and cannot accept.
Often, taking an equivalency test is a better option than simply enrolling for the GCSE because you would normally get the equivalency test result sooner.
ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY
School Direct Admissions
Tel: 020 8240 2367
See also: St Mary’s GCSE Equivalency Tests
St Mary’s will also accept an IELTS text at 6.5 in place of an English Language GCSE, but it depends on your circumstances.
If you hold non-UK qualifications please send in clear scanned copies of your school and degree level qualifications to Apply@stmarys.ac.uk (copied to email@example.com). This will allow us to process your UCAS application as quickly as possible and ensure that you are eligible for the programme.
UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON
School Direct Admissions Office: Alexander or Luke
Tel: 020 8392 3165 / 3638
Roehampton does not offer GCSE equivalency tests. They accept the equivalency tests in Science (the single Science Biology and the combined), Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing. Please contact Equivalency Testing directly via their website.
If you hold non-UK qualifications please send in clear scanned copies of your school and degree level qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org (copied to email@example.com). This will allow us to process your UCAS application as quickly as possible and ensure that you are eligible for the programme.