GCSE Equivalents

There are many GCSE equivalent qualifications for maths and English that learners can take in order to be eligible for a university or a specific job. The most relevant GCSE equivalent qualification is dependent on what qualification you choose to do. The guidelines we have provided below will help you determine which qualification is best for you.


These exams are mostly taken by prospective trainee teachers who want to get onto a training course. They are also accepted by many courses including nursing and midwifery. A Star Equivalency is the leading provider of these exams and offers key revision material to aid your revision. 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 who are looking to gain entry into university courses or enhance their employment prospects, functional skills level 2 qualifications are usually the most relevant GCSE equivalent. Due to the pandemic, Ofqual have made it possible to sit regulated exams at 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 which focus 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 as their focus is also on vocational subjects which aim to improve 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 valued by employers in the specific sectors they are relevant to. They cannot replace a GCSE or functional skills and therefore are supplementary and the level 2 qualifications are still required.


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