GCSE Equivalents

Here at York Maths Tutors, we offer GCSE equivalent qualifications for maths and English which people take to gain entry into university as well as increasing the chances of getting employed. The most relevant GCSE equivalent qualification completely depends on which course you plan to do. The guidelines given will give you help in finding out which qualification is best for you.


These are the most commonly taken by trainee teachers who are wanting access onto an initial training course. They are also widely accepted for many courses across the country. A Star Equivalency is the leading provider for these exams and also offers proven revision material. The following are the subjects offered for the GCSE equivalency tests:


Maths equivalency test

English equivalency test

Combined science equivalency test

Biology equivalency test

For the learners looking to gain entry into University courses or enhance their chances of getting employed, functional skills level 2 qualifications are often the most relevant GCSE equivalent. Since the pandemic, Ofqual have made it possible to sit regulated exams from home. The following enable you to revise and book functional skills.



Other GCSE equivalents include:

BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council)

BTEC level 1-2 is a GCSE equivalent that learners are able to take at college. It focuses on vocational subjects targeted at specific job sectors and industries with no GCSE equivalents in maths and English.


Cambridge Nationals

Cambridge Nationals are similar to BTEC’s as their focus is also on vocational subjects which aim at improving employment opportunities in specific sectors. There is no provision for maths and English.


NVQs (National Vocational Qualification)

An NVQ2 is a GCSE equivalent but again is a vocational qualification. They are recognised by employers in the same sector as them. They however can’t replace a GCSE or functional skills in maths and English and therefore they are supplementary qualifications and you will still require level 2’s.


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