What is the UK equivalent of a US High School Diploma? GED Test?Watch
During my phone interview we talked about the differences between UK High Schools and US High Schools. Upon me explaining that I completed my High School education, left School after getting 9 GCSEs (3 B's, 6 C's) at 16 and going straight into work, the interviewer explained that she didn't think I've done enough to gain a US High School diploma and that I'd have to take a GED Test in the US before I apply. The GED Test is effectively a test to prove you could pass the US High School diploma requirement. I think her opinion was based on me explaining I didn't take part in any A-Level education.
What I need to know is, does anyone feel this is correct, or are the college misunderstanding the UK Education system, and my 9 GCSE's are perfectly acceptable as the equivalent to a US High School diploma?
It's been over 10 years since I finished my GCSE's and the prospect of having to take a big test on subjects I've not touched in 10 years is slightly intimidating, especially since it's only two weeks until I'm due in the US to go see them.
Learning GCSE Maths all over again in two weeks is a little scary to say the least.
Thank you any one who may be able to offer some advice!!
It's kind of similar here in Ireland where we have two sets of exams, like GCSEs and A-Levels, except employers don't class you as having completed secondary school unless you've got the A-Level equivalents (i.e. the GCSE level exams aren't enough) so I was up the creek when I came back here having only sat GCSEs. I know in the UK you can leave after your GCSEs and no-one thinks any less of you....
Provided an average of at least C is obtained in subjects which have counterparts in the GCSE syllabus and have been studied to grade 12 level" Now this is confusing because grade 12 is the first year of a levels isn't it? But otherwise it looks like it's GCSE. So the British Council are the best people to help.
Jazzza: What you wrote is very interesting. If GED is comparable to GCSE (A* - C), then my 3 B's and 6 C's should be enough. Where did you see that quote?
I did talk with the College in question and they really need proof that I graduated High School. As far as I'm concerned, I did that. However, the confusion does seem to be in relation to education length and standards.
I did buy a huge GED prep book, but it would be fantastic if I could avoid the chore of having to go over to the US just to take the GED test in a couple of months time. If I can somehow have my 9 B-C grades accepted, then that will save me a major hurdle.
I'll email the British Council to see if they can help. If anyone has any suggestions, that would be fantastic. I'm also curious if it's possible to take the GED test within the UK. I doubt it is, but it's worth asking!
Thank you again!
Did you ever find out anything? My husband (from uk) got a new (better) job offer here in the US. But he has to provide proof he graduated high school. They of course want a high school diploma. Which isn’t a thing in the UK. We have very little time to figure out if there is anything we can do. How do I request transcripts from the US? He’s 44 years old, I personally believe this is ridiculous, and his word has been good enough for the companies he’s worked for in the last 3/4 years.