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GCSE equivalency tests

Equivalency tests at St Mary's

As a provider of Initial Teacher Education, we understand that not everyone who wants to become a teacher has the qualifications required. This is particularly true when it comes to GCSEs.

GCSE equivalencies are required regardless of any higher qualification in a related subject. An individual with an A Level or Undergraduate degree in Mathematics, English or Science also requires the appropriate GCSEs. International qualifications equivalent to GCSEs will be assessed by St Mary’s using the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC).

The Institute of Education offers GCSE equivalency tests in Eng­lish, Mathematics and Science. A pass in one of these equivalency tests is considered to be of the same standard as a GCSE C grade.

We accept these equivalency tests for both the Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes.

Our equivalency tests do not count as a qualification in their own right and are only appropriate for those who have accepted a conditional offer to train with St Mary’s University or a partner school.

It's recommended that students attempt practice papers and mini tests prior to sitting the exam. Candidates can access support material from BBC Bitesize or AQA.

Find out more

For further information about equivalence tests please contact Lizzy Jackson

Overseas qualifications

St Mary's may accept overseas qualifications as equivalent to GCSEs.

Equivalency test fees

The equivalence tests cost £85 per exam for candidates attending St Mary's University and £100 for external candidates. One resit is allowed, but will require another exam payment. All fees are non-refundable and payable in advance.

Book your equivalence test.

Exam dates

Please contact Lizzy Jackson

Disability and learning difficulties

If you have a disability or learning difficulties that may affect your exam performance you may be eligible for extra exam time. Written evidence of your disability or learning difficulty is required to ensure appropriate support is given.


The exams are designed to be at least the equivalent to a GCSE C grade and will be sat under exam conditions. Examiners decisions are final and no appeals will be considered. Only one Resit is allowed.

We aim to provide results within one week of the test. Results will be sent by email.