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GCSE Equivalency Maths

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by Scarlett100, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. I have signed up to complete the above and want to take this within my local school rather than with the pgce flexible provider Edge Hill they said that it was possible and for the person invigilating me at the school to contact them with all the details - has anyone taken this within their own workplace or within a local school ?

  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    You need to be very careful with the equivalency tests. Each university has its own official supplier and they do not recognise other agencies so equivalency tests are not universally recognised.. If you are applying for primary ITT do consider a GCSE qualification in English and Maths, an equivalency test may get you onto a course but an employer may be dubious and prefer candidates with GCSE qualification when appointing staff.
  3. As mentioned do make sure that the provider is happy with the test and arrangements. The lack of GCSE may hinder you in job applications, so do consider taking the exam at soime point. Given the difficulty in some areas over jobs, schools are looking to eliminate applications and comparing you to another applicant with the GCSE may mean that this could be their reason for rejecting an application.
  4. Hi James

    I have just read your response to the above query and it has worried me slightly, as I studied abroad (Spain) and gained the equivalent to GCSEs and A Levels there.

    I have accepted a place at the IOE (Primary) and I'm starting tomorrow (which I am excited and nervous about), however, if employers prefer candidates with GCSEs, that puts me at a distinct disadvantage as my high school qualifications were gained in another country and although I did gain very good marks, perhaps they will not be accepted by some schools??

    I did have to sit an equivalency test for English in order to be accepted onto the course, for which I gained an A. Would you advise me to take a GCSE in English and Maths? It doesn't seem fair somehow....

    Thanks for your help

  5. Hi
    Please do not worry, employers are fine with poverseas equivalents, it's just some people who failed to gain a GCSE at the correct time in their home education country that some heads would worry about. Your qualifications would be covered by UK NARIC and universities and schools will be fine with that. At Sussex we have a number of people with overseas equivalents and they are fine.

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