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    Hi I live in Northern Ireland and failed my GCSE maths many years ago. I have been recently told about essential skills appilcation of number is an equivalent to a c grade in maths don't know what level though and may be needed in my job if they change the qualification criteria. Thing is when I went to tech (fe college) I done keys kills application of number and got a level 2 I was told at the time that was a pass equivalent to GCSEs maths is this true?

    Also if I was to resit my GCSE maths does anyone know if ccea Northern Ireland board accept external candidates for this? Does ccea maths have course work or asessments? I don't think could join an evening class and certainly don't want to do a distance learning course as they are so expensive

    My son has done both Essential Skills Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 (Northern Ireland) and at this present stage they have not been accepted at his college or for part time work. I have been told lately that as they are both Level 2 qualifications they can be class as GCSE C but its up to the college or whatever education place you go to next and for employment its up to the place to accept them as GCSE but they do not have to as it is 'not official'. My advice is if you can do a speed year GCSE do it as this is causing more hassle that enough. My son attended night class after getting a D in both subjects. there is a certain age where you can enroll for free or low cost I think its 19 and under
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