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Equivalent Qualifications to GCSE Maths or English

The table below outlines the equivalent qualifications to GCSE Maths or English:

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
GCSE Maths at A*-C grade GCE O-level in mathematics (including 'O' in SCE) at A*-C grade Yes
CSE in mathematics at A*-C grade Yes
CEE in mathematics at A*-C grade Yes
O-level or AO-level in additional mathematics at A*-C grade Yes
A2/AS-level (or O-level achieved at A-level sitting) in mathematics or in any A-level subject with mathematics in its title, at A-E grade Yes
A2-level in statistics at A-E grade Yes
AO in statistics, additional statistics or pure mathematics with statistics, 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, a grade 3 or above on the standard grade of the Scottish certificate of education is equivalent
  • Higher grade mathematics is equivalent
  • Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth-year studies in mathematics is equivalent
Qualifications from Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate including mathematics. 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 Qualifications
  • Higher national certificate or diploma award in mathematics
  • Any national certificate or national diploma award that incorporates a pass with merit or distinction in mathematics at level 1 or higher
  • A technician studies certificate that incorporates a pass with merit or distinction in mathematics at level 1 (The actual content and combination of the modules studied may also determine whether a qualification is considered to be equivalent.)
  • Higher national certificate or diploma award in mathematics, statistics and computing; or in computing
Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number Yes
Key Skills Level 1 in Application of Number No

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