The Department for Education has issued guidance which makes it clear that IGCSE qualifications will be accepted as evidence of prior attainment for entry to state sixth form college. This means that a student who has attained grade A*-C in IGCSE English and/or Maths will not be obliged to continue their study of those subjects when they enter the sixth form. The following paragraph appears under the heading ‘IGCSEs’ in the Department for Education condition of funding document https://www.gov.uk/16-to-19-funding-maths-and-english-condition-of-funding :
“International GCSEs, regulated or unregulated, or equivalent level 1/ level 2 certificates in maths and English all count as equivalent to GCSEs for the purposes of recognising prior attainment in the 16 to 19 maths and English condition of funding.
Students who hold these qualifications in maths and English at GCSE grade 9 to 4 or A* to C will not have to continue their study of these subjects.”
The condition of funding document also makes it clear that Cambridge O Level English and Maths will be acceptable as evidence of prior attainment for entry to state sixth form college. Students with a grade C or above in these qualifications fall within the exemptions to the normal rules – the following statement appears in the condition of funding document under the heading ‘Exemptions to the condition of funding’:
“Students with overseas qualifications that are established as equivalent to GCSE grade C.”
The Department for Education has confirmed that qualifications which appear on the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website will be deemed to be equivalent to GCSE. Cambridge O Level appears on NARIC so is therefore deemed to be equivalent to GCSE and is acceptable as evidence of prior attainment for entry to state sixth form college.