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Equivalency Exams

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Cardiff Met offers an in-house equivalency exam for GCSE English Language and Maths.  The exams are designed to meet the GCSE B grade requirements for entry into Cardiff Met ITE courses only. Cardiff Met also now offers exams to meet the C grade requirements for GCSE Science and GCSE Welsh. 

To be eligible to sit the exams, applicants need have received an offer and replied, or intend to reply, 'Firm'.  Applicants also need to have achieved, and be able to provide evidence of, the relevant pre-requisite grade as specified under each subject below. Applicants not eligible to sit these exams will be notified at offer stage and will need to ensure that an external exam is undertaken, in order to meet the conditions of offer. 

There is no fee attached to the equivalency exams. 

Applicants not eligible to sit these equivalency exams will be notified at offer stage and will need to ensure that an external exam is organised, in order to meet the conditions of offer. 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are unable to facilitate these exams at present, but we will instead be scheduling the first of these exams to take place during the start of your course in 2021. You will be provided with support sessions before the exam in order to prepare you, and you will be given three attempts at the exam. There is also no cost attached to taking the equivalency examinations.

We would like to reiterate that it is students’ own responsibility to undertake their own revision in preparation for these exams. They cannot rely solely on these support sessions. Please refer to the links below for relevant past papers and further information. The opportunities to re-sit the exam/s if you are unsuccessful, will be distributed across the year of your course and you will be provided with adequate notice once the dates are confirmed.

The support sessions and number of attempts to pass the exam/s have been put in place to support the successful completion of the exam/s, however failure to fulfil these requirements will mean that you will no longer be able to continue with the course. For PGCE students, this means they will not be awarded their PGCE, even if all other elements of the programme have been successfully achieved.

English

To be eligible for this exam, applicants will need to have already achieved GCSE grade C for PGCE Primary or GCSE grade D for PGCE Secondary.

The exam is 90 minutes and further information on the content and preparation guidance can be viewed here.


English Revision Sessions

There will be some English revision sessions made available prior to the next set of examinations, for which applicants will be informed.


Maths

To be eligible for this exam, applicants will need to have already achieved GCSE grade C for PGCE Primary or GCSE grade D for PGCE Secondary.

The exam is 90 minutes and further information on the content and preparation guidance can be viewed here.

Maths Revision Sessions

There will be some maths revision sessions made available prior to the next set of examinations, for which applicants will be informed.


All candidates will need to bring with them a calculator, pen, pencil, ruler and rubber for the revision sessions and the test.

Science 

To be eligible for this exam, applicants will need to have already achieved GCSE grade D.

The exam is 90 minutes and applicants will need a calculator and a ruler. Further information on the content and preparation guidance will follow here shortly.

There will be some revision sessions made available prior to the next set of examinations, for which applicants will be informed.

Welsh 

To be eligible for this exam, applicants will need to have already achieved GCSE grade D.

The exam is 90 minutes and further information on the content and preparation guidance can be viewed below;

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There will be some revision sessions made available prior to the next set of examinations, for which applicants will be informed.



Applicants with a declared learning need must 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.  


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, Bangor University and the National Extension College.  

We strongly recommend that, whichever equivalency option you choose, you seek and engage in extra tuition so that you are fully prepared.  Applicants that have not gained a suitable equivalent qualification by the start of the course will not be able to continue 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.