GCSE equivalency tests for Newman University offer holders

You have been directed to this page because you have been offered the opportunity to take our online GCSE equivalency test(s). 

Applications to GCSE equivalency tests are now closed. They will re-open at the end of March 2022.

The equivalency test(s) will be available to you if you haven’t yet achieved one or more of the GCSEs you need to be able to begin your training. We highly recommend that you only take the test if instructed by Newman University.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is an equivalency test and so is aimed at people who have already sat a GCSE and just missed out on achieving a grade C/level 4. It is not a GCSE course and so is not suitable if you have never undertaken a GCSE or need extensive support.

You can only take GCSE equivalency tests if you have been directed to by Newman University Admissions team based on you having an offer to start a course in September 2022 and your personal situation with regards to your GCSE qualifications. As such, we do not guarantee that our equivalency tests will be accepted by any institution or employer outside of Newman University.

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Please read through the information below and ensure that you are eligible for the GCSE equivalency testing.

Initial test dates will be 15th June and 17th July

Tests will be held at Newman University Campus

You will need to complete the MSForm to register your interest in taking a Newman GCSE Equivalency Test[s] which can be found in the FAQs below. If you are eligible to take this you will receive confirmation and further details form the Newman University Admissions team.

If you have any questions about the test or process, please see the FAQs below.

The equivalency tests will be applicable to Newman University offer holders. If your course sits under the Faculty of Education, particularly Initial Teacher education, these are relevant to you.

Please ensure that you have referred to the FAQs before getting in touch with our team. If your question is covered in this list, you will be referred back to this webpage for the answer.

 

 

 

Initial test dates will be 15th June and 17th July held on campus at Newman University

Please complete the MS Form to register your interest – https://forms.office.com/r/U0kg8UG68e

If you are eligible to take this test, you will receive confirmation and further details form the Newman University Admissions team.

You must provide:

  • the subject you wish to study
  • your applicant ID (this will be on your welcome/offer email from us). If you have applied through Clearing, we will need your UCAS or Clearing ID number.
  • the course you have an offer for
  • a form of photographic ID which matches the name on your application
  • your receipt of administration fee (you can do this by attaching the email of your receipt, attaching a photo of your receipt or attaching a scanned copy of your receipt)
  • confirmation of the email address where you wish your test result to be sent

You will need to bring a photographic ID, such as a passport or driving licence, on the day of your test.

The fees for these tests are to cover administration costs.

£30 admin fee (this is a one-off charge regardless of the number of subjects you are taking)

If you wish to take more than one subject, the package you choose on our e-store will reflect the full cost, e.g. if you were to take English and Mathematics, you would pay £30 admin fee; for English, Mathematics and Science, it will also be £30

If you are in financial hardship, support towards the costs of the test may be available. Please contact Admissions@newman.ac.uk  before booking your test.

No. You will only need to pay one fee, even if you are taking multiple subjects and/or you need to take a re-sit.

No.

These tests are only available to offer holders or those who have applied through Clearing. You will be given the opportunity to sit the test(s) you need if it is a requirement for entry onto your course programme.

Yes, you can (if applicable, depending on the current guidance aroundCOVID-19 virus and exams).

However, please remember this is a GCSE equivalency in order to gain entry onto one of our programmes.  We would like to emphasise how important it is that you focus on your GCSE(s) if you are still working towards them as GCSE qualifications are recognised across the UK by academic institutions and employers.

No.

The test paper(s) are written by our academic staff so will only be valid for your offer, as instructed by admissions, for the specified course at Newman University. You cannot use this equivalency test for entry on to any other course not specified at our University or for entry to another university.

Tests last approximately 2 hours (these do differ slightly per subject, please see the FAQ for your specific subject). Information about what’s covered under each subject can be found on the subject FAQ pages for English, Mathematics and Science. Links to these pages are also available at the bottom of this FAQs page.

The tests for Maths and English Language do not relate to any particular exam board. The exam papers ask GCSE-level questions designed by our academic staff. We recommend using BBC Bitesize for revision purposes.

The Science tests are based on the AQA exam board. Further details are available on each of the subject FAQ webpages for English, Mathematics and Science.

We would recommend you to visit www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. More information is available in the subject specific FAQs for English, Mathematics and Science.

 

To pass your test, marks will be averaged across the two papers.  To pass you must achieve a minimum of:

50% for Science

56% for English

55% for Mathematics

After your exam, University staff have 10 working days to mark papers and we will then communicate to you by email whether you have passed or failed.

Admissions will email you directly of your result as soon as possible following the 10 working days we have to mark your paper. Please note GCSE Equivalency tests can only result in a pass or fail, you will not be issued with a graded mark.

You are only able to take one re-sit of the exam test per year.

For Newman University Initial Teacher Education, tests will be valid for 3years.  You will need to contact admissions@newman.ac.uk  to check how long they will continue to accept your test result after you have successfully completed the test for other courses.

If you have a question that isn’t covered in this list please email fed@newman.ac.uk  Please note, if your question is covered in this list, you will be referred back to this webpage for the answer.

English Language GCSE is pre-requisite qualification if you want to train to teach any age range. If you have an offer for teacher training with us for September 2022 and have been advised to consider our GCSE English Language Equivalency Test, please click the link to read our FAQs specifically about English:

www.newman.ac.uk/gcse-equivalency-tests/english-gcse-equivalency-faqs/

 

Mathematics GCSE is pre-requisite qualification if you want to train to teach any age range. If you have an offer for teacher training with us for September 2022 and have been advised to undertake our GCSE Mathematics Equivalency Test, please click the link to read our FAQs specifically about maths:

www.newman.ac.uk/gcse-equivalency-tests/maths-gcse-equivalency-faqs/

Science GCSE is pre-requisite qualification if you want to train to teach in a primary school. If you don’t have your GCSE in this subject but have been made an offer for primary teacher training with us this September and have been directed here to consider our GCSE Science equivalency test, please click here to read our FAQs about our online equivalency test for Science:

www.newman.ac.uk/gcse-equivalency-tests/science-gcse-equivalency-faqs/

English – accepted equivalencies 

  • IGCSE/GCSE/’O’ Level English Language/English Studies at Grade C or above/New GCSE Grade 4 or above
  • A/AS Level English Language at Grade C or above
  • CSE English/English Language/English Studies at Grade 1
  • International Baccalaureate Higher/Standard English Language Grade 5+
  • 12 Credits at Level 2 English from Access to HE Diploma
  • Equivalency test in English from www.equivalencytesting.com
  • Foundation Degree in English
  • Ordinary/Standard Irish Leaving Certificate in English Language O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)
  • Open University Modules in English Language on a case by case basis
  • IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all components for PGCE programmes – IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components for BA (Hons) Primary Education
  • Newman English Language Equivalency Test
  • AQA/WJEC/CCEA/Edexcel/Cambridge Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in English Language Grade C or above
  • Overseas qualifications are accepted as GCSE equivalent when assessed as such by UK NARIC/UK ENIC

Mathematics – accepted equivalencies 

  • IGCSE/GCSE/’O’ Level Mathematics/Additional Mathematics at Grade C or above/New GCSE Grade 4 or above
  • A/AS Level Mathematics/Additional Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • CSE Mathematics Grade 1
  • International Baccalaureate Higher/Standard Mathematics at Grade 5+
  • Newman Mathematics Equivalency Test
  • 12 Credits at Level 2 Mathematics from Access to HE Diploma
  • Equivalency test in Mathematics from www.equivalencytesting.com
  • Foundation Degree in Mathematics
  • Ordinary/Standard Irish Leaving Certificate Mathematics O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)
  • Open University Modules in Mathematics on a case by case basis
  • Open College Network (OCNWMN) Access with Maths modules
  • GCSE Methods in Mathematics OR Applications in Mathematics Grade C/4 or above.
  • AQA/WJEC/CCEA/Edexcel/Cambridge Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics Grade C or above
  • Overseas qualifications are accepted as GCSE equivalent when assessed as such by UK NARIC/UK ENIC

Science – accepted equivalencies 

  • IGCSE/GCSE/’O’ Level Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology/General Science/Applied Science/Additional Science/Geology/Environmental Science/Electronics/Human Health and Physiology/Further Additional Applied Science at Grade C+/4+
  • CSE Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology/General Science/Applied Science/Geology at Grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate Higher/Standard Science/Environmental Systems and Societies at Grade 5+
  • Newman Science Equivalency Test
  • A/AS Level Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology/General Science/Applied Science/Geology/Zoology Grade C or above
  • BTEC Level 2 First Certificate Science/Applied Science at Pass Grade
  • BTEC Level 2 First Diploma Science/Applied Science at Pass Grade
  • BTEC Level 2/Level 3 Extended Certificate in Science/Applied Science at Pass Grade
  • BTEC Level 2/Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science at Pass Grade
  • OCR Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Science/Applied Science at Pass Grade
  • IGNVQ Science at Pass Grade
  • Ordinary/Standard Irish Leaving Certificate in Physics/Chemistry/Biology Grades O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)
  • 12 Credits at Level 2 Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology from Access to HE Diploma
  • Equivalency test in Science from www.equivalencytesting.com
  • Foundation Degree in Science/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology
  • Overseas qualifications are accepted as GCSE equivalent when assessed as such by UK NARIC/UK ENIC
  • BTEC Applied Science Subsidiary Diploma L3
  • BTEC L1/L2 First Award in Science at grade C
  • BTEC L1/L2 First Award in the Principles of Applied Science
  • BTEC L1/2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science
  • BTEC First Award in Application Science
  • GCSE Double award accepted if applicant gains at least one grade C/4
  • Vocational Double Award in Applied Science Grade C or above

GCSE Equivalents that are not acceptable

  • Level 2 Key Skills in any subject
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in any subject
  • GCSE Psychology in lieu of Science
  • A-Level Psychology in lieu of Science
  • NVQ level 2 in any subject
  • Vocational Single Award in Additional Applied Science
  • AQA Free Standing Mathematics Qualifications
  • Functional Skills Level 3 Maths and English
  • AQA Certificate Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)
  • A-Level Mathematics Statistics
  • GCSE Use of Mathematics
  • OCR Level 2 in Adult Numeracy
  • OCR Level 1/2 Science in the Workplace
  • Indian Standard XII: 65% and above in the following boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in English Language
  • Science in the Workplace
  • Grade 12 Mathematics Pre-Calculus
  • Indian Secondary School Examination for English Language
  • Any additional on current list (excluding double award which we now accept one C/4)