Equivalency GCSE Modules for English, Maths and Science

Are You Looking To Train As A Teacher But Missed Out On C Grades At GCSE For English, Mathematics Or Science?

If you want to study Initial Teacher Education courses in Wales, you will need to have a GCSE C 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.

C Grade equivalence modules in Mathematics, English and 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 C grade. 

A prerequisite of each module is that you already have grade D (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics, or Science, depending on where the uplift is needed.

These modules are recognised by Welsh higher education providers and are equal to 20 credits at higher education level 4. 

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% timed assessment, run over 12 weeks and will cost £300 per module.


The Essential Mathematics module is delivered online on Mondays (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 Thursdays (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 - Monday 29th April 2024

Essential Maths - Monday 23rd September 2024


Essential English - Tuesday September 24th 2024


Essential Science - Thursday 2nd May 2024

Essential Science - Thursday 26th September 2024

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.

When you apply for the module, you will need to enter the following course names in the search box:

  • The Essential English for Teaching module
  • The Essential Mathematics for Teaching module
  • The Essential Science for Teaching module

For further information, please contact [email protected]