You’ll need your GCSEs (Grade C or above/equivalent* – New GCSE Grade 4 or above) in Maths & English [and a Science if you want to teach Primary], but make sure that you have them BEFORE you apply.
If you don’t have them yet, you can consider doing an ‘Equivalency Test’ before you apply for teacher training. A simple internet search will bring up a number of organisations who deliver Equivalency Tests.
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 applicant, who is holding an offer at an ITT 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.
Equivalency Testing co. also offer an on-line facility – their contact email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or we’ve heard good things about as do Maths Made Easy, who despite their name also do English & Science/Biology equivalency tests as well.
Alternatively, please enter an internet search for ‘Equivalency Testing‘ and select which organisation’s course you wish to apply to as these are just a selection that former applicants have recommend to us.
Once you have passed the test, we would accept this as an equivalence to the GCSE.
Level 2 Qualifications:
Please note that Level 2 Qualifications (e.g. GNVQs etc.) are NOT equivalent, as they do not have the ‘breadth or depth’ of a GCSE or a recognised equivalent.
If you do apply and only have Level 2 qualifications, your application will not be progressed further, so please look to take a GCSE resit, alternative qualification or an Equivalence Test before applying for a place on one of our ITT programmes.
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