A2C aims to improve the way data is shared between awarding organisations and learning providers using their Management Information Systems (MIS). The A2C Data Exchange Project is led by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), of which Pearson is a member.
A2C - Your questions answered
The aim of A2C is to use one data-messaging standard for all qualifications to improve interaction between awarding organisations. It will include general qualifications like GCE and GCSE, vocational qualifications like BTEC and NVQ, and on-demand qualifications like onscreen exams. It will replace and improve upon the existing JCQ EDI formats and Edexcel’s EDIFACT format. It will apply across all JCQ awarding organisations, and the standard is designed to be open, to allow other non-JCQ awarding bodies to use it.
A2C will improve the way data is transferred and provide enriched information from awarding organisations to customers. Awarding organisation extranets, such as Edexcel Online, will continue to exist and be used, but some of the additional functionality that's available using these extranets will be available through your MIS.