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Equivalency Testing

Candidates are required to achieve a standard equivalent to a grade 4  or above (grade C or above) in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science before they can start the programme. 


If you have not got these qualifications, there are two options:

  • If you are not confident with your abilities in the subject, you can take classes, at a local AEI (Adult Education Institute) over the course of a year, and then sit a GCSE examination at the end of it. 
  • If you are confident that, with current knowledge and/or private revision/tutoring of your own, you would be able to pass a one-off test (an officially recognised exam, prepared and externally assessed by a freelance equivalency testing service), then you can approach this body. SSF recommend:

Equivalency Testing (for careers in teaching)
72 Walton Gardens
CM13 1EP

Tel : 01277 203336

They offer two options – a 12 week home study course culminating in the test, or a straightforward one-off exam. Please telephone them direct or visit their website for full details. All arrangements for testing are made directly between the applicant and the testing service, not through ourselves.

They say that you will have the results within 48 hours for Maths and Science and within 3 to 4 days for English, which allows the flexibility to sit these tests.

Please note that the result of this test may be considered by some institutions as non-transferable. It is not the same as a GCSE paper, but is considered equivalent for the purpose of a teacher training application

COVID 19  update

From the end of May Equivalency Testing will be offering virtual examinations. All examinations subjects will be available and will be offered a couple of days per week.

Alternative provision Birmingham City University

Online GCSE Equivalence
Birmingham City University (BCU) have developed an online GCSE equivalence option which is open to trainees applying to any provider. They are offering all three GCSE equivalencies.
An individual applicant, who is holding an offer at an ITE provider, will pay a one-off admin fee of £25 – irrespective of the number of equivalencies needed. They will then pay an additional fee of £75 for Maths, £75 for Science and £90 for English. This will give access to four areas of learning, which are run as online study sessions and which the candidate must engage with before taking the test. An applicant will have the opportunity for two tests – a first attempt and a resit. All of the tests will be marked by experienced GCSE Examiners and subject leads to provide assurance in regards consistency. The charges are designed to cover costs and support development only.  Full details of the service can be found here.