Equivalent qualifications

We recognise the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSEs in relation to entry to foundation degrees:

  • Level 2 Key Skills/Common Skills or above in Communication, Application of Number, ICT, Working With Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (part of new 14-19 Diploma)
  • BTEC First Certificate (equivalent to two GCSEs A-C)
  • BTEC First Diploma (equivalent to four GCSEs A-C)
  • NVQ2 together with any of the above

There are some course specific level 2 qualifications which programme leaders will also take into account (where accompanied by required Maths and English qualifications). For example:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Digital Applications for FdSc Applied Computing (equivalent to 4 GCSEs A-C)
  • Level 2 OCR Certificate for IT Practitioners (iPro) for FdSc Applied Computing (equivalent to 3 GCSEs grade B)

If you have any other formal qualifications which you think may be at an equivalent level to GCSEs, contact the specific partner organisation directly and they will be able to advise you further.

Please note:

We do not accept adult numeracy or literacy as a valid Level 2 qualification.