Bradford Tutor Company would like to introduce you to another alternative way of gaining the grades to enter higher education courses. This new option is by taking GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams. GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are aimed at prospective teachers for example, to gain access onto initial teacher training courses without the need for a GCSE grade C or level 4. They are suited for those who don’t already have those grades. 

Therefore, here at Bradford Tutor Company, we want to offer you the opportunity and support to achieve this so that you gain access to those higher education courses. 


We understand that there are many providers for GCSE Maths Equivalency exams throughout the country and the hunt for the right one can become overwhelming. That is why we would like to recommend A Star Equivalency testing to you. A Star Equivalency is one of the leading GCSE Maths Equivalency exam providers in the country and have been since 2002. 

With A Star Equivalency, you will have the option to either just take the exam or receive access to their GCSE Maths Equivalency Course for an extra £99 (which includes a revision guide, revision cards, 1000 exam questions by topic, mock exams with mark schemes and tutorials to aid revision.) 

The tutors here at Bradford Tutor Company are fully qualified and trained to help you with your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam revision in every way possible, if you were to ever need it. 


As an overview, you will be required to sit a 2 hour exam online whilst being monitored by an online invigilator as if you were sitting an exam in an exam hall. Your 2 hour exam will consist of 2 exam papers where you will have an hour to sit each exam, back to back. Both GCSE Maths Equivalency exams are worth 50 marks. You will start with Paper 1 which is your Non-Calculator paper, then you will go straight into Paper 2, the Calculator Paper. On the exam day, you will need to make sure that you have a computer/laptop with strong internet connection and a webcam, pen & paper and a scientific calculator as well as your ID. 

There is the option to sit either the foundation or higher tier exam, we do recommend taking the foundation. This is purely because there is less course content to learn and is generally easy to pass. The GCSE Maths equivalency exams are all based upon the GCSE Maths Edexcel specification and national curriculum, however there have been some modifications for the equivalency test due to it being likely that you have been out of education/studying for a while. Some courses may require a certain minimum grade, so just check with your course provider before opting for whichever tier. For Foundation, the highest grade possible to achieve is a Level 5 and then for the Higher Exam, the possible attainable grades range from Level 3-9. 


The grade boundaries for the Foundation and Higher 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


If you think that this is a suitable option for you to gain access to your higher education courses then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us about your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exam. We can help you easily book it, but if you’d prefer to do it yourself then head over to the A Star Equivalency website where you can easily book your exam around your daily life and see which days will be the cheaper option! The tutors here at Bradford Tutor Company are here for whatever you need to enable success in your GCSE Maths Equivalency exam