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.

We offer tutor-led revision courses in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy. Alternatively, you can revise at home and sit standalone tests in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science or Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

For the time being, all tutor-led revision courses courses are expected to be delivered via distance learning. All sessions are likely to take place online prior to sitting an exam on campus.

You can choose to sit the standalone tests 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 edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk.

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 tutor-led sessions in preparation for an equivalency exam. You can choose from:

GCSE Equivalency: 12 Week Revision Courses

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Our revision courses offer you the support of tutor-led revision sessions, one evening per week for 12 weeks, in preparation for your equivalency exam.

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 requires some prior subject knowledge (i.e. they are not suitable for complete beginners).

You will be required to attend tutorials 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.

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

Equivalency programmes starting in January 2021 are expected to be delivered via distance learning. All sessions are likely to take place online prior to sitting an exam on campus.

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. You should download and install the Microsoft Teams app on your device. 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 Equivalency Course – April 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Wednesday 21 April 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Wednesday 28 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Wednesday 5 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Wednesday 12 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Wednesday 19 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Wednesday 26 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Wednesday 2 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Wednesday 9 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 9: Wednesday 16 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 10: Wednesday 23 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 11: Wednesday 30 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 12: Wednesday 7 July 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

GCSE Mathematics Equivalency Course – April 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Tuesday 20 April 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Tuesday 27 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Tuesday 4 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Tuesday 11 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Tuesday 18 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Thursday 20 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Tuesday 1 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Tuesday 8 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 9: Tuesday 15 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 10: Tuesday 22 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 11: Tuesday 29 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 12: Tuesday 6 July 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

GCSE Science Equivalency Course – February 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Tuesday 16 February 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Tuesday 23 February 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Tuesday 2 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Tuesday 9 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Tuesday 16 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Tuesday 23 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Tuesday 30 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Tuesday 13 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 9: Tuesday 20 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 10: Tuesday 27 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 11: Tuesday 4 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 12: Tuesday 11 May 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

GCSE Science Equivalency Course – April 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Wednesday 21 April 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Wednesday 28 April 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Wednesday 5 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Wednesday 12 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Wednesday 19 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Wednesday 26 May 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Wednesday 2 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Wednesday 9 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 9: Wednesday 16 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 10: Wednesday 23 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 11: Wednesday 30 June 2021 (online)
  • Week 12: Wednesday 7 July 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

GCSE Equivalency: 4 Week Intensive 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, two evenings per week for four weeks, in preparation for your equivalency exam.

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 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.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam 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 dates and a link to register and pay.

GCSE English Intensive Equivalency Course – July 2021 Start

Registration

  • Dates and registration details for July 2021 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

GCSE Mathematics Intensive Equivalency Course – July 2021 Start

Registration

  • Dates and registration details for July 2021 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

GCSE Science Intensive Equivalency Course – July 2021 Start

Registration

  • Dates and registration details for July 2021 will be announced nearer the time. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Level 2 Literacy Equivalency: 8 Week 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, one evening per week for 8 weeks, in preparation for an equivalency exam.

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

The 8-week course costs £175 and covers a range of topics. Some prior subject knowledge is required so the course is not suitable for complete beginners.

You will be required to attend tutorials 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.

Equivalency programmes starting in February 2021 are expected to be delivered via distance learning. All sessions are likely to take place online prior to sitting an exam on campus.

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

Level 2 Literacy Equivalency Course – February 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Tuesday 2 February 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Monday 9 February 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Monday 23 February 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Monday 2 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Monday 9 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Monday 16 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Monday 23 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Monday 30 March 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency: 8 Week Revision Course

Our Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency revision course offers you the support of tutor-led revision sessions, one evening per week for 8 weeks, in preparation for an equivalency exam.

The revision course is designed for applicants to health and social care programmes (excluding Social Work and 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 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.

Equivalency programmes starting in February 2021 are expected to be delivered via distance learning. All sessions are likely to take place online prior to sitting an exam on campus.

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

Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency Course – February 2021 Start

Registration

Start Date

  • Week 1: Monday 1 February 2021 (online)

Subsequent Dates

  • Week 2: Monday 8 February 2021 (online)
  • Week 3: Monday 22 February 2021 (online)
  • Week 4: Monday 1 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 5: Monday 8 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 6: Monday 15 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 7: Monday 22 March 2021 (online)
  • Week 8: Monday 29 March 2021 (online)
  • Exam: Date to be announced. The exam will take place on campus within two weeks of completing the course.

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 edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk 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 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.

GCSE English Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Saturday 6 February 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre)
  • Thursday 1 April 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 17 April 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)

GCSE Mathematics Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Saturday 6 February 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre)
  • Thursday 1 April 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 17 April 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)

GCSE Science Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Saturday 6 February 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre)
  • Thursday 1 April 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 17 April 2021, 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 edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk 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

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Saturday 6 February 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre)
  • Thursday 1 April 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 17 April 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)

Level 2 Numeracy Equivalency Test

Registration

Dates

  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Saturday 6 February 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University) – Fully Booked
  • Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 6 March 2021, 10am (Edge Hill University)
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 6pm (Holy Cross College & University Centre)
  • Thursday 1 April 2021, 5:30pm (Edge Hill University)
  • Saturday 17 April 2021, 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 do not necessarily hold any currency with other institutions;
  • 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 edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk for advice;
  • The running of equivalency courses is subject to sufficient numbers of students registering.