GCSE Grade B Equivalence Modules

Have you missed out on B grades at GCSE for English and Mathematics?

If you want to study Initial Teacher Education courses in Wales, you will need to have a B grade in English Language and Mathematics.  This applies to courses studied at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

B Grade equivalence modules in Mathematics and English

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 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 on Thursdays (5.30pm to 7.30pm) for 12 weeks, at the Newport City Campus. 

Topics covered include:

• Algebraic Methods

• Statistics

• Space and Shape

• Introduction to Calculus

The Essential English module is delivered 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

Module Information and Start Dates

There are two intakes per year, in September and January. 

The next cohort will begin week commencing 13th January 2020.  

The first start date for Essential English is Tuesday 14th January 2020.

The first start date for Essential Maths is Thursday 16th January 2020.

Further dates are expected to be starting week commencing 16 September 2019 and 6 January 2020. 

How to Apply

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

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