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BCU Equivalency Test

The BCU equivalency test is aimed at those interested in applying to York Private Tutor’s teacher training programme, the BCU equivalency test excludes other Universities and alternative teacher training routes. The BCU is an internally developed exam that has not been independently assessed or standardised. As a result of this, there is no way of knowing if the covered topics are at GCSE level or, if the pass results parallel the GCSE grade boundaries in any way. The outcome and result of a BCU equivalency test is not interchangeable with a GCSE nor is equivalent to one, it can only be used to gain admission to BCU’S PGCE Teacher training programmes.


Who has to sit the BCU equivalency test?

It may be a requirement for those without a GCSE in Math, English, or Science to take an BCU equivalence test before gaining entry onto their PGCE routes.

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 cost is dependent on the subjects and the number of exams you sit. BCU has a fixed administration fee, this is required to be paid upfront before scheduling any examinations.

What is in the BCU maths equivalency test?

The BCU Maths equivalency exam covers multiple key GCSE topics, but it is not based on any recognised GCSE specification or exam board.

What is in the BCU English equivalency test?

Although the examination covers some of the key components of the GCSE English language specification, it is not benchmarked or linked to any specific exam board.

What is in the BCU Science equivalency test?

It is not understood why certain topics are chosen and the page references do not seem to properly correspond with the subject content indicated. The subjects chosen for the AQA combined science test are listed below.

Cell Biology

Transport in Cells



Atomic Structure

Periodic Table


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