GCSE Equivalents

Here at Skipton Tutors, we offer multiple GCSE equivalent qualifications for maths and English that people can take to gain entry to Universities and improve the likelihood of getting employed. The most relevant GCSE equivalent qualification for you is dependent on the course you are applying to. The guidelines that follow will help you figure out which qualification is right for you.


These qualifications are most commonly taken by trainee teachers who are wanting to get access onto a training course. They are also welcomed for midwifery and nursing courses as well as some other course routes. A Star Equivalency is the leading provider of these exams and they also offer dedicated course materials to aid your revision. Below is a list of the subjects we offer for the GCSE equivalency tests:


Maths equivalency test

English equivalency test

Combined science equivalency test

Biology equivalency test


For those who are looking to get into university or enhance their chances of employment. Functional skills level 2 qualifications are usually the most relevant GCSE equivalent. Due to the pandemic, it is now possible to do an Ofqual regulated exam at home. The following allow you to revise and book these exams.


Functional skills maths level 2 online exam

Functional skills English level 2 online exaPass functional skills

Functional skills level 2 maths and English

Functional skills level 2 maths and English Functional skills maths level 2

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 focuses on vocational subjects which target specific jobs and industries.


Cambridge Nationals

Cambridge Nationals are comparable to BTECs in that their focus is on vocational subjects aimed 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 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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