GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams could be the answer to your problems, if you require entry to higher education courses that accept GCSE Equivalents rather than the actual GCSE if you have been out of education for a while. These are mainly aimed at those who are prospective teachers/midwives and nurses who need to gain access onto their initial training courses.

Here at the Newcastle Tutor Company, we would like to offer you the option to take these GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams through us. 


We understand that choosing a provider can be overwhelming as there are so many. So, we would like to let you know that we have been working closely alongside A Star Equivalency testing. A Star is an extremely reputable company and have been a leading GCSE Maths Equivalency exam provider since 2002. When visiting their website, you will receive the offer to either only sit your exam with them or to study the whole course and then sit the exam in one package. Also, unlike other providers who have a set cost; A Star offers you the opportunity to sit your exam for a cheaper price, the further in advance that you book your exam. 


GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams are available in both higher and foundation tier. It is important to consider as the foundation tier has a higher pass rate and also less course content (but is capped at Level 5). Whereas, the higher tier GCSE Maths Equivalency exam grades range from Level 3 to 9 with the more confident students able to test their abilities with questions aimed at level 7,8,9. 

The GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams all follow the Edexcel GCSE Maths Specification, however there are a few slight modifications in order to make success of the exam more accessible to those who have had a long period of time without studying or being in full time education. 


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


The GCSE Maths Equivalency exams are all now being sat from the comfort of your own home. You will choose your designated day and you will be required to sit your two exam papers back to back for a total duration of 2 hours (one hour for each). On the exam day, you will need to have a computer/laptop with a webcam which has strong internet access. You will also need some ID, pen & paper for working out and a scientific calculator! When sitting your exam, be prepared to be monitored by a fully trained online invigilator who will ensure the integrity of your exam. You will then receive your GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams within 10 working days via email and certificate if you are successful (or within 24-72 hours if you pay extra for the fast track option). 


If the GCSE Maths Equivalency Exams sound like something that could be beneficial for you and your next steps in your career then please don’t resist getting in touch with us here at the Newcastle Tutor Company. Don’t forget also that we are a team of highly qualified tutors who are all trained to help you prepare in every way to ensure the most successful outcome for you whether it’s understanding content or just structuring your revision timetable!