Equivalency Programmes

Overview

Two students listen attentively during a lecture.If you are applying to Edge Hill University and don’t have the GCSEs or Level 2 qualifications required for entry onto your course, one of our equivalency programmes may be for you.

The equivalency tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate that you satisfy our entry requirements for GCSE English, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Science at Grade C or Grade 4 or above for most of our programmes, excluding Medicine. They may not be suitable for apprenticeship programmes.

We offer tutor-led revision courses and standalone tests in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

All tutor-led revision courses are delivered online, prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit our standalone tests either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

Contact Us

The Equivalency Tests team are available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

If you have any queries about equivalency tests, please get in touch by calling 01695 657148 or emailing [email protected].

If you register for a test outside these hours we will be in touch when we return to the office.

Revision Courses

Four students chat while sat on a sofa in the foyer of Creative Edge.Our range of revision courses all involve online tutor-led sessions in preparation for an equivalency exam on campus. You can choose from:

GCSE Equivalency: 12 Week Online Revision Courses

Three students sit around a laptop where a spreadsheet is displayed on the screen.

Our revision courses offer you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. These are delivered online, one evening per week for 12 weeks, in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.

English, Mathematics and Science revision programmes are available at a cost of £275 per subject.

Start dates are typically offered every January, April and September. The 12-week courses require some prior subject knowledge (i.e. they are not suitable for complete beginners).

You will be required to attend tutorials online for one evening per week, from 6pm-9pm. It is essential that you attend these sessions in preparation for an exam at the end of the course. You must attend the exam in person.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam in the first instance you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost.

A student watches a computer screen while wearing headphones with a microphone.

You will need to have basic IT skills and access to the following equipment:

  • A desktop computer or laptop running Windows 7+ or Mac OS 10.10+ so you can use the latest versions of browsers such as Chrome and Firefox;
  • A microphone (either in-built or attached via USB cable) or a USB headset;
  • A webcam (either in-built or attached via USB cable).

Alternatively, you could use a tablet with an in-built camera and microphone.

You will also need a broadband connection, ideally with unlimited data, and a notebook and pen. A subject-specific support pack will be posted to you prior to the start of the programme.

Please select your required subject from the options below for a full list of dates and a link to register and pay.

GCSE English Online Equivalency Course – January 2022 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Start date in January 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Subsequent Dates

  • Subsequent dates in January, February and March 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Exam on Campus

  • Exam date in April 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

GCSE Mathematics Online Equivalency Course – January 2022 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Monday 10 January 2022

Subsequent Dates

  • Monday 17 January 2022
  • Monday 24 January 2022
  • Monday 31 January 2022
  • Monday 7 February 2022
  • Monday 14 February 2022
  • Monday 21 February 2022
  • Monday 28 February 2022
  • Monday 7 March 2022
  • Monday 14 March 2022
  • Monday 21 March 2022
  • Monday 28 March 2022

Exam on Campus

  • Monday 4 April 2022

GCSE Science Online Equivalency Course – January 2022 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Thursday 13 January 2022

Subsequent Dates

  • Thursday 20 January 2022
  • Thursday 27 January 2022
  • Thursday 3 February 2022
  • Thursday 10 February 2022
  • Thursday 17 February 2022
  • Thursday 24 February 2022
  • Thursday 3 March 2022
  • Thursday 10 March 2022
  • Thursday 17 March 2022
  • Thursday 24 March 2022
  • Thursday 31 March 2022

Exam on Campus

  • Monday 4 April 2022

GCSE Equivalency: 4 Week Intensive Online Revision Courses

Students stand up and leave their seats at the end of a lecture.Our intensive revision courses offer you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. These are delivered online, two evenings per week for four weeks, in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.

The intensive revision courses are aimed at applicants who have applied to study at Edge Hill later in the year and have a limited amount of time to meet the entry requirements for their course.

The courses take place in mid-summer. English, Mathematics and Science intensive courses are available at a cost of £275.

An intensive course is suitable if you have a sufficiently advanced level of existing subject knowledge and understanding to not require the longer 12-week programme.

You will be required to attend tutorials online for two evenings per week, from 6pm-9pm. It is essential that you attend these sessions in preparation for an exam at the end of the course. You must attend the exam in person.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam in the first instance you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost.

You will need to have basic IT skills and access to the following equipment:

  • A desktop computer or laptop running Windows 7+ or Mac OS 10.10+ so you can use the latest versions of browsers such as Chrome and Firefox;
  • A microphone (either in-built or attached via USB cable) or a USB headset;
  • A webcam (either in-built or attached via USB cable).

Alternatively, you could use a tablet with an in-built camera and microphone.

You will also need a broadband connection, ideally with unlimited data, and a notebook and pen. A subject-specific support pack will be posted to you prior to the start of the programme.

Please select your required subject from the options below for a full list of dates and a link to register and pay.

GCSE English Intensive Online Equivalency Course – July 2022 Start

Registration

    • Dates and registration details for July 2022 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

GCSE Mathematics Intensive Online Equivalency Course – July 2022 Start

Registration

  • Dates and registration details for July 2022 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

GCSE Science Intensive Online Equivalency Course – July 2022 Start

Registration

  • Dates and registration details for July 2022 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Level 2 Literacy Equivalency: 8 Week Online Revision Course

A student browses her Macbook while studying in the library, while two other students compare notes as they study behind her.Our Level 2 Literacy Equivalency revision course offers you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. These sessions are delivered online, one evening per week for 8 weeks, in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.

The revision course is designed for applicants to health and social care programmes (excluding Medicine) where Level 2 Literacy is included in the entry requirements.

The 8-week course costs £175 and covers:

  • Comprehension;
  • Analysing texts;
  • Inference;
  • Word play;
  • Letter writing;
  • Tone of language;
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar;
  • Proofreading.

Please note, the Level 2 Literacy Equivalency Online Revision Course is not an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course. It is designed to support you to pass our Level 2 Literacy test, demonstrating your ability to understand and use everyday English to a high standard. It is preferable for candidates to already have Level 1 in English or Communication.

To join the Level 2 Literacy Equivalency Online Revision Course, you must first complete an online pre-course assessment. The assessment will be sent to you after you register and pay for the test and it will allow us to evaluate whether your written English is of a standard which would allow you to successfully complete a course of study at Level 2 and pass the Literacy test. If you do not pass the assessment, we will provide feedback, but you will not be invited to progress onto the revision course and you will receive a full refund.

Once enrolled on the revision course, you will be required to attend tutorials online for one evening per week, from 6pm-8:30pm. It is essential that you attend these sessions in preparation for an exam at the end of the course. You must attend the exam in person.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam at the first attempt you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost.

You will need to have basic IT skills and access to the following equipment:

  • A desktop computer or laptop running Windows 7+ or Mac OS 10.10+ so you can use the latest versions of browsers such as Chrome and Firefox;
  • A microphone (either in-built or attached via USB cable) or a USB headset;
  • A webcam (either in-built or attached via USB cable).

Alternatively, you could use a tablet with an in-built camera and microphone.

You will also need a broadband connection, ideally with unlimited data, and a notebook and pen. A subject-specific support pack will be posted to you prior to the start of the programme.

Details of dates and a link to register and pay are provided below.

Level 2 Literacy Online Equivalency Course – January/February 2022

Registration

Start Date

  • Start date in January/February 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Subsequent Dates

  • Subsequent dates in February and March 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Exam on Campus

  • Exam date in April 2022 to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency: 8 Week Online Revision Course

Our Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency revision course offers you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. These sessions are delivered online, one evening per week for 8 weeks, in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.

The revision course is designed for applicants to health and social care programmes (excluding Medicine) where Level 2 Numeracy is included in the entry requirements.

Students listen attentively during a lecture.

The 8-week course costs £175 and covers:

  • Properties of numbers;
  • Measure and conversion;
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages;
  • Charts and graphs;
  • Ratio and proportion;
  • Area, perimeter and volume;
  • Averages and probability;
  • Substitution and using formulae (algebra).

Some prior subject knowledge is required so the course is not suitable for complete beginners.

You will be required to attend tutorials online for one evening per week, from 6pm-8:30pm. It is essential that you attend these sessions in preparation for the exam at the end of the course.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam at the first attempt you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost. You must attend the exam in person.

You will need to have basic IT skills and access to the following equipment:

  • A desktop computer or laptop running Windows 7+ or Mac OS 10.10+ so you can use the latest versions of browsers such as Chrome and Firefox;
  • A microphone (either in-built or attached via USB cable) or a USB headset;
  • A webcam (either in-built or attached via USB cable).

Alternatively, you could use a tablet with an in-built camera and microphone.

You will also need a broadband connection, ideally with unlimited data, and a notebook and pen. A subject-specific support pack will be posted to you prior to the start of the programme.

Details of dates and a link to register and pay are provided below.

Level 2 Numeracy Online Equivalency Course – January 2022 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Monday 31 January 2022

Subsequent Dates

  • Monday 7 February 2022
  • No lesson during half term
  • Monday 21 February 2022
  • Monday 28 February 2022
  • Monday 7 March 2022
  • Monday 14 March 2022
  • Monday 21 March 2022
  • Monday 28 March 2022

Exam on Campus

  • Thursday 7 April 2022

Standalone Tests

Alongside our equivalency courses, we also offer the option of standalone GCSE equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science or Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

GCSE Equivalency

A student refers to a book while working on her Macbook in the University library in the Catalyst building.If you are not able to join an equivalency course or feel that, with some self-revision, your subject knowledge is already sufficient, we offer standalone GCSE equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

The cost is £110 per subject. After registering and paying for a test, you will receive a revision pack to help you study at home and revise at your own pace.

When you’re ready to sit your exam, you can email us at [email protected] and tell us your preferred date from the lists below. You will sit the exam at Edge Hill University or Holy Cross College & University Centre.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the test in the first instance you will have two further opportunities to re-sit at no extra cost.

Please select your required subject from the options below for a full list of exam dates and a link to register and pay.

GCSE English Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 8 January 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 March 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 5 May 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)

GCSE Mathematics Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 8 January 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 March 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 5 May 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)

GCSE Science Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 8 January 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 March 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 5 May 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)

Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy Equivalency

A student works in a quiet study area in the Catalyst building.Literacy and Numeracy equivalency tests are for applicants to health and social care programmes (excluding Medicine) where Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are included in the entry requirements.

The cost is £65 per subject. After registering and paying for a test, you will receive a revision pack to help you study at home and revise at your own pace.

When you’re ready to sit your exam, you can email us at [email protected] and tell us your preferred date from the lists below. You will sit the exam at Edge Hill University or Holly Cross College & University Centre.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the test in the first instance you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost.

Please select your required subject from the options below for a full list of exam dates and a link to register and pay.

Level 2 Literacy Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 8 January 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 March 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 5 May 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)

Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Tuesday 7 December 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 8 January 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 February 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 3 March 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 5 May 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Thursday 2 June 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022, 1:20pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre, Bury)
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 9 July 2022, 10am (Edge Hill University)

Disclaimer

A student reads a tablet while sat on the floor outside a classroom in Creative Edge, with two students walking down the corridor towards him.

  • The equivalency courses and tests meet the GCSE and Level 2 entry criteria for Edge Hill University courses (excluding Medicine and some apprenticeship programmes) and do not necessarily hold any currency with other institutions. It is your responsibility to check that the equivalency courses and/or tests will be accepted for your target programme with us prior to registering;
  • You should allow a minimum of four weeks for papers to be marked. Tests are held on a monthly basis. You will be eligible to complete one test (and two resits if unsuccessful) in each subject;
  • It is your responsibility to book onto and sit the equivalency test(s) in a timely manner, allowing enough time for resits (if required) and to meet offer deadlines. This is typically 31 August prior to a September intake;
  • If English is not your first language, please note that in order to meet the assessment criteria for the English and Literacy examinations, you must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency through the use of appropriate grammar in your answers;
  • A test must be taken within twelve months of payment being made;
  • We update our tests on a regular basis to reflect current subject curriculums. If you need to complete resits and have been registered with us for more than two years before doing so, the curriculum content may have changed and your revision materials may not reflect this. We recommend that you contact the equivalency test team for further details;
  • If you are unable to sit an exam on any of the published dates there are allowances for mitigating circumstances. Should this situation occur, you should email [email protected] for advice;
  • The running of equivalency courses is subject to sufficient numbers of students registering.