LoNoCo @ Middlesex University accepts overseas qualifications which are recognised by UK NARIC as equivalent to GCSE grade C or above. We will also accept any UK qualification appearing on the Department for Education’s list of GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses.
Please note that LoNoCo @ Middlesex University is unable to accept Certificates in Adult Literacy or Numeracy at level two, due to a directive from the Department for Education.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
For those who speak English as an additional language, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is available at a number of institutions around London. LoNoCo @ Middlesex University accepts a score of 6.5 or above, in each of the four tests as equivalent to GCSE. Visit the IELTS website for further details.
GCSE Equivalency Tests
Where potential candidates do not have the required GCSE equivalents, or they are unable to find or obtain originals of their qualifications, LoNoCo @ Middlesex University will offer equivalency tests as detailed below.
Maths, English and Science GCSE Equivalency tests are available periodically. For further information and to book your place on a test please visit the A Star Teachers website.
Tests will be in the style of GCSE papers and will examine the scope of each GCSE syllabus.
- Maths will test Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry
- English will test Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
- Science will test Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Successful candidates will receive a certificate and will be able to progress their application.
Candidates can prepare for the tests by using GCSE revision guides, available from bookshops and public libraries.
Please note that GCSE English and mathematics (and GCSE science for primary applicants) or their equivalent are a requirement for entry to any teacher training programme. You must supply evidence of successful completion of the GCSE or equivalent qualifications when you submit your application, if your application is to be considered for a place on the programme. We are unable to consider any application with GCSE results pending.
We are only able to accept GCSE Equivalency Tests from A Star Teachers. GCSE Equivalency Tests from other organisations are not accepted.
GCSE equivalence and USA High School Diploma and Transcripts
GCSE Equivalence is recognised as: Achievement at Grade 12. It is not sufficient to present a certificate showing study of a subject in Grade 12, or study (or even achievement) in Grades 9, 10 or 11. Any such diploma must be accompanied by confirmation from the school or awarding body that you have achieved the relevant grade in the relevant subjects.
Required subjects are:
- English Language
- Mathematics, comprising Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.
- Also, for Primary teachers: Science – one of Biology, Physics or Chemistry.