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Equivalency Exams



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

These tests are now available for Cardiff Met current students within the School of Education and Social Policy, wishing to progress into Teacher Training courses at Cardiff Met. If you are a current student and wish to be booked onto a date, please email Admissions on

The arrangements for the equivalency tests will be directly communicated to relevant applicants, as we are currently unable to offer exams on campus. 

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.

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.

Maths Revision Sessions

There will be some maths revision sessions being made available at the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University 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.


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, 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 enrol on our ITE programmes.

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