GCSE equivalent entry requirements

2017-18 entry requirements

GCSEs are being reformed over a 3 year period with first teaching of the new syllabi for Mathematics, English Language and English Literature in September 2015 with first examinations in June 2017. A new grading system of 9-1 has been introduced for the reformed GCSEs.

The University of Hertfordshire requires GCSE Mathematics and English Language for all courses (and Science and Double Science where specified on the individual course pages). The required grade is usually grade 4 (or grade C under the old grading structure) unless otherwise specified.

The University of Hertfordshire does not accept Level 2 Adult Numeracy or Literacy in lieu of GCSEs

GCSE entry requirement equivalent for 2017-18 entry
GCSE Grade

Equivalent

Comment

GCSE Grade 5 (B) English Language

  • Key Skills L3 Communication
  • IGSCE First or Second Language English Grade 5 (B) or above
  • Single Award GCSE English Studies at Grade 5 (B) or above
n/a

GCSE Grade 4 (C) English Language

  • Functional Skills L2 English
    Essential Skills Wales L2 Communication
    Essential Skills Northern Ireland
    L2 Communication
  • Key Skills L2 Communication
  • IGCSE First and Second Language English Grade 4 (C) or above
  • Single Award GCSE English Studies at Grade 4 (C) or above
  • IBMid Grade 4 or above

Teacher Training courses only accept IGCSE as an equivalence

GCSE Grade 5 (B) Maths

  • Key Skills L3 Application of Number
  • IGCSE Maths at Grade 5 (B) or above
    AQA L2 Cert (GCSE) Use of Mathematics (Higher Level)
    Grade 5 (B) or above
n/a

GCSE Grade 4 (C) Maths

  • Functional Skills L2 Mathematics
    Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number
    Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number
  • Key Skills L2 Application of Number
  • IGCSE Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above
    AQA L2 Cert (GCSE) Use of Mathematics (Higher Level)
    Grade 4 (C) or above
  • GCSE Application of Maths and Method of Maths only accepted if applicant has both at Grade 4 (C) or above
  • IBMid Grade 4 or above

Teacher Training courses can only accept IGCSE as an equivalence

GCSE Grade 5 (B) Science

  • GCSE Applied Science Grade 5 (B)
  • GCSE Additional Science Grade 5 (B)
  • IGCSE Science Grade 5 (B) or above
n/a

GCSE Grade 4 (C) Science

  • GCSE Applied Science Grade 4 (C) or above
  • GCSE Additional Science Grade 4 (C) or above
    IGCSE Science Grade 4 (C) or above
  • For Foundation Degrees only the following are accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Science:  EdExcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science (3 mandatory units only)
    Cambridge National Level 2 Science
  • IBMid Grade 4 or equivalent

PGCE and School Direct Teacher Training courses can only accept IGCSE as an equivalence. For BEd Primary Teaching IGCSE is preferable but BTEC Science Level 2 Certificate at Merit or Distinction will be accepted.

Unless otherwise stated in the programme information all students are required to have:

  • GCSE Maths and English Language (Grade 4 [C under old grading structure] or above).
  • Science where specified or the University agreed equivalent listed above.

The University recognises students who have achieved an HE qualification at Foundation Degree/HND level or above as having equivalent qualifications.

Certain programmes, generally due to professional body requirements, will still require the GCSE English and Maths Grade 4 (grade C under old grading structure) and may not be able to accept the University agreed equivalency (please check with the appropriate Admissions Tutor).