Help and support if you’ve recently arrived from Ukraine

Last updated: 12 April 2022

16. Qualifications

Many 16 and 17 year olds arriving from Ukraine have been asking if their existing Ukrainian qualifications are equivalent to English ones.

  • The Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education (Ukraine) equates to GCSE levels in England (slightly higher but not quite the equivalent to UK A Levels).
  • The Certificate of Independent External Examination (Ukraine), is equivalent to an AS Level in England.
  • Students from the Ukraine may be eligible for a Foundation Year at university, which would then lead into a three-year degree programme. It has also recently been announced that students who have come through the recent settlement route will be eligible for student finance.
  • For academic purposes, most universities will have access and set requirements for students from the Ukraine. An example can be found on the Buckinghamshire New University website.
  • There is an organisation called ENIC who can give individuals statements of equivalency, which might be helpful in seeking employment, although they do charge for this.