Eligibility requirements


To apply for the Frontline programme you must:

– Have at least grade C in GCSE English Language (or equivalent qualification – higher qualifications will not be accepted in lieu of GCSEs)

– Have at least grade C in GCSE Maths (or equivalent qualification – higher qualifications will not be accepted in lieu of GCSEs)

Please note you must have obtained your GCSEs (or equivalent qualification/s) at the point of application.


There are a number of UK qualifications that Frontline will accept as meeting the GCSE grade C criteria. These are:

​- GCSE Grade C/4 or above

– GCE O Level Grade C or above

– CSE Grade 1

– IGCSE Grade C or above

– Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade Grade C/2 or above

– Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade Grade D or above

– Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary/Standard Grade O1-O4/A1-C3

– Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grade H1-H7/A1-D3

– Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2

– Functional Skills Level 2

– Key Skills Level 2

– Adult Literacy/Adult Numeracy Level 2 at grade pass

– Access to HE Diploma with GCSE Equivalences  


Frontline will accept international secondary qualifications providing they are confirmed as being equivalent to GCSE Maths/English grade C by the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills (UK ENIC). If you are unsure if your international qualification is considered equivalent, we encourage you to liaise with UK ENIC before submitting your application as Frontline are unable to assess academic documents of applicants who have yet to submit an application

Frontline will also accept the following international qualifications:

– IELTS level 7 (with at least 6.5 in each element) as equivalent to GCSE English Language – Your test must have been taken after the 1st September 2018

– International Baccalaureate (IB) with pass mark in the following subjects:

• English A1 (first language) as equivalent to GCSE English Language

• Maths taught in English as equivalent to GCSE Maths


We accept final certificates only as proof of GCSE evidence. Please note that we do not accept provisional statements of results or letters from schools. 

We highly encourage applicants to check their documentation before submitting an application as you will be unable to attend an assessment centre without this. Please note that failure to provide requested documentation within specified time frames may result in your application being withdrawn.


I received a grade D in my GCSEs but I have a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, is this not sufficient? 

Unfortunately, no. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements in order to submit an application for the Frontline programme. The GCSE academic criteria is standard practice across many graduate programmes and, as a training provider, we need to ensure we meet the necessary regulatory requirements. 

I studied my GCSEs several years and no longer have copies of my GCSEs, will this be a problem?

All applicants are required to provide official certificates showing they’ve obtained GCSE Maths and English grade C. If you no longer have copies of your certificates, you will need to request replacements and will need to do this before submitting your application. Further guidance on how to do this can be found here. Should you be unable to obtain the necessary certificates, you would need to sit an equivalent qualification, in order to meet the requirements (your qualification and official certificate would need to be awarded before you can submit an application)

I don’t yet meet the GCSE criteria but I’ve booked onto a course and will complete this before the Summer Institute starts in the Summer, can I apply?

All applicants need to have met the GCSE criteria at the point of application as this will need to be evidenced by the time you attend the assessment centre. If you have not completed your qualification by the time applications closed, we would advise you to apply for next year’s cohort. 

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