GCSE Equivalency Tests
The government, rather than the university or WLTSA, set a requirement that anyone undertaking secondary teacher training must have a C or above in GCSE English and Maths, or the equivalent. If you are unsure whether your own qualifications (perhaps from another country) meet this requirement, please see our overseas qualifications tab.
If you achieved a GCSE grade below a C or your qualification from another country is not equivalent to a GCSE grade C, then you will need to take an equivalency test in the relevant subject.
It is far better to take an equivalency test, where you would get the results within a couple of weeks than to enrol in an actual GCSE, because results from GCSEs are not available until August by which time course and schools will be closed.
DO NOT 'JUST ASSUME' ANYTHING
Firstly, please do not just assume that some non-GCSE exam that you took in the UK in English or Maths is equivalent to a GCSE even if the examining body tells you it is equivalent. You must check this with the university. Equally do not just assume that anything marketed as an GCSE equivalency test will acceptable. Every accrediting university will have specific requirements about what they will accept as an equivalent.
ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY
Please use the link below to St Mary's University's Equivalency testing options webpage, which clarifies that they accept online tests through 'Birmingham City University' or 'Equivalency Testing.Com' as well as tests in London test centres open Monday - Friday 9am -7pm through 'A Star'.
St Mary’s will also accept an Academic IELTS text at 6.5 in place of an English Language GCSE, but it depends on your circumstances.
St Marys are also likely to re-open their own equivalency test centre at the university from September and Equivalency Testing may also re-open its test centres subject to the Covid situation.
UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON
Roehampton will accept equivalency tests in Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing and A Star Equivalency https://astarequivalency.co.uk/ who have test centres open in London. Equivalency Testing may also reopen its test centres subject to the Covid situation.
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UCL does accept iGCSE English Language or Science or Maths.
UCL does not accept the following in place of GCSEs:-
- iGCSE for ‘English as a second language’
- iGCSE or GCSE “applied” or “additional” subjects
- Functional Skills
- Access courses
Applicants who do not hold the relevant GCSEs may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing tests with www.equivalencytesting.com (you can book to do these online or in a test centre when these reopen) and you need to achieve at least a Grade 5. UCL does not accept equivalency tests from any other testing organisations.