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Equivalency Exams

 

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For 2019 entry, Cardiff Met will be offering an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths.  The tests are designed to meet the GCSE B grade requirements for entry into Cardiff Met ITE courses only. 

To be eligible to sit the exams, applicants need have received an offer and replied, or intend to reply, 'Firm'. Applicants will also need to have already achieved GCSE grade C for PGCE Primary or GCSE grade D for PGCE Secondary.  There is no fee attached to the equivalency exams and applicants are permitted to sit one retake, in each exam,  during the year in which they apply. 

Applicants will be informed of the date as well as details of the examination at point of offer.  Please note due to courses starting at either the beginning or middle of September, applicants who apply late and do not have the required grades may not have the opportunity to take the examination.  The last date of the examination will be on the 29th of August for PGCE applicants and the 9th of September for BA Primary QTS applicants.   

The examinations are held at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed campus.  

For English tests:

Applicants are asked to arrive at our Cyncoed campus (CF23 6BN) for 12pm, ready for a 12.30pm exam start time. You will need to report to main reception on arrival.  The exam is 90 minutes and further information on the content and preparation guidance can be viewed here.

For Maths tests:
Applicants are asked to arrive at our Cyncoed campus (CF23 6BN) for 2pm, ready for a 2.30pm exam start time.  You will need to report to main reception on arrival. The exam is 90 minutes and further information on the content and preparation guidance can be viewed here.

Information:
Applicants with a declared learning need must inform Admissions when booking a place and provide evidence in advance of the exam so that reasonable adjustments can be made on the day. Applicants will be allowed 15 minutes extra time for each test.  Evidence will also need to be provided on the day. 
If applicants wish to take the papers through the medium of Welsh, this must be requested when booking your place with Admissions. 

Photographic ID, e.g. passport or driving license, will need to be provided on the day. Applicants will not be permitted to sit the test if this is not shown. 

Applicants will be informed by Admissions of their achievement within 7 working days of the exam, via email. 

Please note that, although Cardiff Met offers its own equivalency examinations, we also accept a number of other equivalencies such as Equivalency Testing, the University of South Wales and the National Extension College.  

Equivalency Testing have also confirmed that they will be holding a GCSE equivalency exam at Cardiff Met Cyncoed Campus on 24th July 2019.  Applicants wishing to sit their exams on this date should send an email to info@equivalencytesting.com.

We strongly recommend that, whichever equivalency option you choose, you seek and engage in extra tuition so that you are fully prepared.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer extra tuition at Cardiff Met.  Applicants that have not gained a suitable equivalent qualification by the start of the course will not be able to enrol on our ITE programmes.

If you have any queries, please contact Admissions by calling 029 2041 6010, by emailing askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or on Twitter @CMetAdmissions.