Equivalent Qualifications to GCSE English Language

The table below outlines the equivalent qualifications to GCSE English Language:

Eligibility Criteria Qualification Is it equivalent?
GCSE English at A*-C grade CSE in English, English language or English studies at A*-C grade Yes
CEE in English at A*-C grade Yes
A2/AS-level in English language or English literature at A*-E grade Yes
Scottish Qualifications
  • Until 1985, a grade C or above on the ordinary grade of the Scottish certificate of education is equivalent
  • In or after 1986, grade 3 or above on the standard grade of the Scottish certificate of education is equivalent
  • Higher grade English is equivalent
  • Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth-year studies in English is equivalent
Qualifications from Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate including English language. N.B. We are aware that the grading system for the Leaving Certificate underwent an update in 2017, therefore the specific grading / level required to be deemed equivalent is under review. 
BTEC Qualification Any first, national or higher national certificate or diploma in English
RSA Stage III (advanced) in English Yes
Key Skills Level 2 in Communication Yes
Key Skills Level 1 in Communication No

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