Equivalency GCSE Modules for English, Maths and Science

Have you missed out on B grades at GCSE for English and Mathematics, or C grade for Science?

If you want to study Initial Teacher Education courses in Wales, you will need to have a GCSE B grade in English and Mathematics and, for a Primary teaching programme, a GCSE C grade in Science. This applies to courses studied at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

B and C Grade equivalence modules in Mathematics, English and a D/Grade 3 in Science

If you don’t currently meet these entry requirements then don’t panic – we have the courses for you. At the University of South Wales, you can study specific modules to give you the equivalent qualification to a B or C grade. 

These modules are recognised by Welsh higher education providers and equal to 20 credits at higher education level 4. A pre-requisite of the course is that students already have grade C/grade 4 (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

Students need to be confident and competent at this level before starting the course as you will build upon skills already gained.

Assessment will comprise of 50% assignment and 50% examination and will cost £275 per module.


The Essential Mathematics module is delivered online on Thursdays (5.30pm to 7.30pm) for 12 weeks, at the Newport City Campus. The course tutor is Carol Wood.

Topics covered include:

• Algebraic Methods

• Statistics

• Space and Shape

• Geometry and Shape

The Essential English module is delivered online on Tuesdays (5.30pm to 7.30pm) for 12 weeks, at the Newport City Campus. The course tutor is Jodie Rees.

Topics include:

  • Skills review: including key aspects of sentence structure, punctuation and spelling
  • Understanding Grammar
  • Essay construction
  • Reading for information
  • Using appropriate language repertoires
  • Non- fiction text types

The Essential Science module is delivered online on Mondays (5:30 to 7:30) for 12 weeks at the Newport City Campus. The course tutor is Carol Wood.

The module aims to develop student knowledge, skills and confidence to a standard of Science GCSE grade C equivalency.

The module aims are:

  • To enable students to develop oral, written and practical scientific skills.
  • To equip students with the investigational and experimentation techniques that can be applied to real-life scientific situations.
  • To develop students’ confidence and competence to provide a firm foundation in science.

Start Dates


Essential Maths (cohort 1) - Thursday 29th September 2022

Essential Maths (cohort 2) - Thursday 12th January 2023


Essential English (cohort 1) - Tuesday 27th September 2022

Essential English (cohort 2) - Tuesday 10th January 2023


Essential Science (cohort 1) - Monday 26th September 2022

Essential Science (cohort 2) - Monday 9th January 2023

How to Apply

Register online today to begin your application. 
Please attach a copy of your GCSE English, and/or Mathematics, and/or Science certificate to the application form.

For more information, please contact us on: 03455 76 77 78