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BCU Equivalency Test

The BCU equivalency test is designed for those applying to York Maths Tutor’s teacher training program. The BCU equivalency is not applicable to other Universities and other teacher training routes. The BCU is an internally set exam and it has been external moderated or standardised. Due to this, there is no way of knowing whether it is at a GCSE level or whether the pass marks reflect the GCSE grade boundaries in any way. A BCU equivalency exam result is not equivalent to a GCSE, and it can only be used to secure enrollment to BCU’s PGCE teacher training programmes.


Who has to sit the BCU equivalency test?

Those that don't have a GCSE in Maths, English, or Science could potentially be asked to take a BCU equivalency exam before being enrolled onto their PGCE programmes.

Will my training provider accept a BCU equivalency test result?

If you are not enrolling to BCU, you should choose a different equivalency provider.

What is the cost of a BCU equivalency test?

The cost varies, it is based on the subject and how many exams you will need to sit. There is a fixed administration fee that will need to be paid upfront before booking your exam.

What is in the BCU maths equivalency test?

BCU mathematical equivalence tests do include a number of key GCSE topics, although it is not based on any recognised GCSE specification or exam board.

What is in the BCU English equivalency test?

The BCU English equivalency test incorporates elements of the GCSE English language specification, having said that, the exam is not aligned with any particular exam board.

What is in the BCU Science equivalency test?

It is unclear why certain subjects are chosen, albeit, the AQA combined science exam subjects are outlined below. Furthermore, the page references provided on the BCU site do not appear to properly coordinate with the subject content stated.

Cell Biology

Transport in Cells



Atomic Structure

Periodic Table


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