GCSE Maths Equivalency 


GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams could be the answer to your problems if you are looking for a way to gain entry into a higher education course. The Maths Equivalency exam is made for those who haven’t quite obtained the minimum GCSE entry requirements for some training courses run by higher education/university providers. These courses are those like: teacher training courses, nursing courses. 


Once you begin your hunt to find a GCSE Maths Equivalency exam provider, you may start to get overwhelmed by the quantity. So, we would like to recommend a company that we work very closely with: A Star Equivalency. A Star Equivalency offers an extremely simple process to booking your exam. As well as also offering an option to buy their course too, in order to ensure you are completely prepared even though you may have spent a chunk of time outside of education (this includes revision guides, your exam, flashcards, practice papers and answers).

You can choose your exam date very easily so that it fits in around your daily life and budget as you can also easily see which dates are cheaper and more expensive (the further in advance you book, the cheaper! Pays to be organised!). 


The GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam is based on the GCSE Edexcel specification but with a couple of modifications in order to ensure that it is completely accessible and you can perform to your highest ability in the given circumstances of not being at school and in maths lessons everyday! 

If you feel like you may still need an extra hand with your studies in order to achieve the best grade possible, we do have tutors here at the Leeds Tutor Company who are especially qualified in GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams who would be delighted to help you out. 


Depending on how confident you are about your abilities, you will have the option of deciding whether you would like to sit the higher or foundation version of the GCSE Maths Equivalency. 

We recommend checking with your potential course provider, what grades they require from you in order to enrol as some are only attainable by sitting the higher tier GCSE Maths Equivalency exam. We recommend taking the foundation paper as the standard Level 5 pass is more attainable if that is all you need.


But please see below, the grade boundaries for both level exams are as follows: 


Foundation Tier Maths Equivalency Exam Grade Boundaries 

  • Grade 4 (low C) (55% to 74%) Grade 5 (75% to 100%)


Higher Tier Maths Equivalency Grade Boundaries are as follows:

  • Grade 4 (25 to 34%)   9 mark band 25 to 34 marks inclusive
  • Grade 5 (35 to 43%)   9 mark band 35 to 43 marks inclusive
  • Grade 6 (44 to 54%) 11 mark band 44 to 54 marks inclusive
  • Grade 7 (55 to 68%) 14 mark band 55 to 68 marks inclusive
  • Grade 8 (69 to 82%) 14 mark band 69 to 82 marks inclusive
  • Grade 9 (83 to 100%) 18 mark band 83 to 100 marks inclusive



To give you an idea of the exam process: after you have booked your exam for your desired day, you will be required to sit a 2 hour exam. During that exam, you will sit 2 maths exam papers back to back. You will have an hour to complete each (each are both worth 50 marks).. Paper 1 is your Non-calculator paper and Paper 2 is your Calculator. In order to sit your exam, all you will need is a laptop/computer, webcam, strong internet connection, pen & paper for workings, ID and a scientific calculator! Your exam will be sat online and you will be monitored by an online invigilator to ensure the integrity of the exam. 

If you think that this route is suitable for you, please get in touch with us here at Leeds Tutor Company. We are happy to help you with booking your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam, any topics you feel like you need extra help with, structuring a revision timetable around your life, whatever you need!