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GCSE Equivalents

By QTS Maths Tutor|2021-09-20T11:38:23+00:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Numeracy Skills Blog|
There are a number of GCSE equivalency exams for maths and English that learners can take to get into university and improve their chances of getting employed. The most relevant GCSE equivalent qualification is dependent on what course you are applying to. The following guidelines will help you determine which qualification is the best for you.   These are most commonly taken by  prospective trainee teachers who are waiting to get access to a training course. They are also recognised by employers and will help you get onto courses. A Star Equivalency is the front running provider of the exams and their courses also come with revision material to get you through the exam. 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 those looking to gain entry into University courses and improve their status, functional skills level 2 qualifications are usually the most relevant GCSE equivalent. The pandemic has caused Ofqual to create an exam in which learners are able to sit 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 can take at college. It focuses on vocational subjects which target specific job sectors and industries with no GCSE equivalents in maths and English.    Cambridge Nationals Cambridge Nationals are similar to BTEC’s in that they also focus on vocational subjects and aim to employ 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 valued by employers in the specific sectors they are relevant to. They 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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