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Equivalency programmes

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 exams 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 exam only options in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

If you feel that with some self revision you would be able to take one of our exams then, we offer the option of exam only GCSE equivalency exams in English, Mathematics and Science or Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.

Tutor-led revision courses are delivered either face to face on campus or online (please see subject areas for more details), prior to sitting an exam on campus. You can choose to sit our exam only options either on campus or at Holy Cross College & University Centre on selected dates throughout the year.

If you are unsuccessful in passing any of our exams on the first instance you will have two further opportunities to resit at no extra cost.

The Edge Hill University Equivalency Exams are designed to meet the GCSE / Level 2 entry requirements for our degrees. Other providers do accept them. However, it is the responsibility of the applicant to check this.

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Exam Only Options

After registering and paying for a exam, you will receive a revision pack to help you study at home and revise at your own pace. We recommend that you utilise a range of sources to support your revision.

When you are 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.

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

GCSE equivalency exams

GCSE equivalency exams perfect for applicants to Teacher Training programmes and other courses (not including medicine) where GCSEs are included in the entry requirements.

Cost £110 per subject.

GCSE English equivalency exam
GCSE Mathematics equivalency exam
GCSE Science equivalency exam

Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy equivalency exams

Literacy and Numeracy equivalency exams are for applicants to health and social care programmes (excluding Medicine) where Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are included in the entry requirements.

Cost £65 per subject.

Level 2 Literacy equivalency exam
Level 2 Numeracy equivalency exam

Revision courses

Our revision courses offer you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. Most are delivered online, one evening per week , in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.(Please Note Level 2 Numeracy is delivered face to face at the Ormskirk Campus. We also offer an intensive revision programme for GCSEs during the summer months. this consists of 8 sessions over a 4 week period. Our revision courses require some prior subject knowledge (meaning they are not suitable for complete beginners).

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

Cost: £275 per subject.

Start dates: typically offered every January, April and September.

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
GCSE Maths online equivalency course
GCSE Science online equivalency course

GCSE equivalency: 4 week intensive online revision courses

Our intensive revision courses 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.

Cost £275.

Start dates: typically June/ July

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
GCSE Mathematics intensive online equivalency course
GCSE Science intensive online equivalency course

Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency: 8 week revision courses

Our Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy equivalency revision courses offer you the support of tutor-led revision sessions. These sessions are delivered , one evening per week for 8 weeks, in preparation for sitting an exam on campus.

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

The Literacy sessions are delivered online and the Numeracy sessions are delivered Face to Face at our Ormskirk Campus

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

Cost £175

Start dates: typically offered every February, May and October.

Level 2 Literacy online equivalency course
Level 2 Numeracy equivalency course

Contact Us

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

If you have any queries about equivalency exams, please get in touch by calling 01695 657148 or emailing edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk.

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

Disclaimer

  • The equivalency courses and exams 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 exams 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. exam are held on a monthly basis. You will be eligible to complete one exam (and two resits if unsuccessful) in each subject;
  • It is your responsibility to book onto and sit the equivalency exam(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 exam must be taken within twelve months of payment being made
  • We update our exams 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 exam 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.