GCSE Equivalency Test

Equivalency Test

Before commencing a programme of Initial Teacher Education in Wales, it is a requirement that all students have the relevant qualifications. One requirement is a GCSE B grade in English Language and Mathematics.

What are GCSE Equivalency Tests?

Successful completion of a GCSE equivalency test will enable you to proceed on to a PGCE course if you do not hold a GCSE B grade in English or Mathematics. The test is only available to students who have already gained a Grade C at GCSE level and are successful in all other aspects of the interview process. 

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit an equivalency test.

If you successfully complete your equivalency test and you accept your place to study with Yr Athrofa then you can start your PGCE programme as planned.

Will I get any support before the test?

Yes.  You are required to attend a one day workshop which is designed to help prepare you for the test with face-to-face support. On the day of your test you will also attend a half day workshop in the morning.  In addition to our workshops, we recommend that you consult one or more of the following revision resources:    


BBC Bitesize (Welsh)
BBC Bitesize (English)

GCSE Mathematics Revision Video (Welsh) by Gareth Evans, Ysgol y Creuddyn available on www.hwb.wales.gov.uk
GCSE Mathematics Revision booklets (available in Welsh and English) from bookshops, Amazon and WJEC (www.wjec.co.uk)


BBC Bitesize (English)

A variety of revision and workbooks and grammar guides are also available at www.cgpbooks.co.uk

When can I take the test?

Equivalency tests will be arranged in due course. Details will be placed here on the website when finalised.

How do I register for an equivalency test?

In order to take advantage of this provision you will need to register your details with Lara Williams-Evans via email at: lara.williams-evans@uwtsd.ac.uk

  • Full name and date of birth
  • Address including post code
  • Confirmation of which examination you wish to sit
  • Confirmation of whether you wish to sit the mathematics examination through the medium of English or Welsh
  • An indication of any additional learning needs that require adjustment of Provision

How much does it cost?

There will be no costs to you for the workshop, resources provided during the workshop or examination.  There will be one re-sit opportunity for each test and this will incur a £75 re-sit fee.

This opportunity is offered on the understanding that should you be successful in the examination/s, you accept your offer of a place to study with University of Wales Trinity Saint David.