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Accepted GCSE equivalents

We will accept a range of qualifications (as listed below) instead of GCSE for our programmes which lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths are not considered to be equivalent to GCSE and are therefore not acceptable alternatives.

If your qualification is not listed below please email

If you do not have the required GCSEs - or accepted equivalents - it may be possible for you to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Accepted equivalents
IGCSE C or above
O’ Level C or above
CSE Grade 1
A/AS Level C or above
Access to HE Diploma awarded before 2014 Accepted if Diploma transcript states “GCSE eqivalent”
International Baccalaureate Higher/Standard Level grade 4 or above
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) H1-H7 or A-D/A1-D3
Level 2 BTEC First Certificate Science/Applied Science Pass
Level 2 BTEC First Diploma Science/Applied Science Pass
Level 2 OCR Award/Certificate/Diploma in Science/Applied Science Pass
USA High School Diploma – grade 12 subject passed 2.0 or above
Italy – Diploma di Esame di Stato (maths and science only) 6/10 for each subject in final year
France – Diplome du Baccalaureat (maths and science only) 10 or above
India – Standard 12/Higher Secondary Certificate/All India Senior School Certificate Examination (maths and science  only) Pass
West African Senior School Certificate A1-C6