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Transfer of credit

The transfer of credit facility is designed for individual learners who wish to transfer to a different centre midway through a course.

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Under arrangements agreed between the regulator and the JCQ, learners may be eligible to transfer credit between specifications and/or awarding bodies provided that the specifications are current and have the same subject title.

Transfer of credit for GCE A level

GCE AS level transfer of credit arrangements are not intended for those who have already claimed a GCE A level award. However, in very exceptional circumstances an awarding body will consider such an application, which must be supported by a centre statement.

To apply for GCE transfer of credit, please complete the Application for the transfer of a GCE AS award form below.

For more information, see Transfer of credit – GCE AS qualifications below.

Transfer of credit for Functional Skills

If you wish to apply for transfer of credit for Functional Skills in English, please see the Functional Skills Credit Transfer form below.

Frequently asked questions about transfer of credit

The only qualifications you can apply for are Functional Skills English and A level. Transfer of credit is not available for any GCSE qualification.

No - you cannot transfer individual units for any A level qualifications. You can only transfer complete AS cashed-in awards. For Functional Skills English you can transfer individual units.

This will be at the discretion of the receiving awarding body, and only if the transfers are compatible with the subject criteria requirements. Transfer of an entire cohort on the basis of a new member of staff joining the school or college with experience of teaching another awarding body’s A level specification will not be accepted.

An awarding body will not routinely transfer credit from Curriculum 2000 (legacy) AS specifications to other current GCE A2 level specifications. It will not be possible for learners to combine legacy GCE AS units and current A2 units to make up a whole A level specification.

Yes, they will need to certificate at AS, even if they are completing re-sits at A2 level. They will need to re-certificate before they can certificate their A2.

GCE AS transfers of credit arrangements are not intended for those who have already claimed a GCE A level award. However, in very exceptional circumstances an awarding body will consider such an application on a case-by-case basis. You will need to complete the JCQ transfer form, with a typed centre statement to support the application.

No. You will need to complete the transfer of credit form and send it to the relevant awarding body. The awarding body will process the application and provide your centre with a written response.

No. Transfers are only possible between directly equivalent options, such as from AS Fine Art to A2 Fine Art. You cannot mix AS and A2 options.

As specification content and structure varies considerably between awarding body, you must seek advice from the receiving awarding bodies to ensure that there's no content overlap and requirements are met. When you're completing the transfer of credit form you will need to ensure that you specify the content the learner has already studied for at AS level, and what they're intending to study at A2 level.

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