Those wanting to apply to the Sheffield Tutor’s teacher training programs should look to take a BCU equivalency test. The BCU equivalency test can not be used for other Universities or other routes for teacher training. The BCU equivalency test has not been externally moderated or standardised as it is an internally set exam. As a result, there is no way to identify if the content and topics are at a GCSE level, or if the pass result is consistent with GCSE grade boundaries in any way. Furthermore, a BCU equivalency test result is not identical to a GCSE and it can not be used for anything besides gaining entry into the BCU teacher training programmes.




Who has to sit the BCU equivalency test? 

If you do not have a GCSE in Maths, English or Science you may be required to do a BCU equivalency exam.

Will my training provider accept a BCU equivalency test result?

If you are not applying to BCU, you should look to find a different equivalency test provider. 

What is the cost of a BCU equivalency test? 

The BCU equivalency test cost varies, it is based on the subject and the number of exams you have to sit. The BCU has a fixed admissistraition fee that must be paid before arranging any examinations.

What is in the BCU maths equivalency test? 

The BCU Maths equivalency tests looks at a number of key areas and GCSE topics, but it is not based on any recognised GCSE specification or exam board.

What is in the BCU English equivalency test? 

The test does comprise some elements of the GCSE English language specification, however it is not aligned or benchmarked against any specific exam board. 

What is in the BCU Science equivalency test? 

It is not certain as to why particular topics were chosen for the BCU Science equivalency test and the page references provided do not seem to properly align with the subject content stated. However, the chosen topics are the following:

Cell Biology

Transport in Cells



Atomic Structure

Periodic Table