top of page

BCU Equivalency Test

Those wanting to apply to Ilkley Tuitions teacher training program should take the BCU equivalency test. The BCU equivalency test does not apply to other Universities or alternate teacher training pathways. The BCU exam has not been externally moderated or standardised as it is an internally devised test, therefore, there is no way of knowing if the content material is at a GCSE level or if the pass marks relate to the GCSE grade restrictions in any way. The exam result of a BCU equivalency test is not equivalent to a GCSE, and it can only be used when gaining admission to BCU's PGCE teacher training programmes.


Who has to sit the BCU equivalency test?

Before being admitted to their PGCE programmes, those who do not have a GCSE in Maths, English, or Science may be required to take a BCU equivalency exam.

Will my training provider accept a BCU equivalency test result?

No, you should choose another equivalence provider if you are not applying to BCU.

What is the cost of a BCU equivalency test?

The price varies depending on the subjects and the number of exams you have to sit. Additionally, BCU has a set administrative charge, this must be paid in advance before any examination can be scheduled.

What is in the BCU maths equivalency test?

Although the BCU mathematical equivalency examination covers a number of important GCSE topics, it is not based on any recognised GCSE standard or exam board.

What is in the BCU English equivalency test?

The test contains elements of the GCSE English language standard, however, it is not linked to or benchmarked against any particular specification or exam board.

What is in the BCU Science equivalency test?

It is unclear why certain topics were picked, and the BCU website's page URLs do not seem to properly correlate to the subject matter. The topics for the AQA combined science test are listed below.

Cell Biology

Transport in Cells



Atomic Structure

Periodic Table


Rates of reaction



The Ilkley Tuition blog has been set up to support students

bottom of page