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Each University of Cambridge qualification offered by ICE carries a specified number of credit points that are nationally recognised within the UK's Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Academic credit

Academic credit formally recognises and measures in credit points the learning process that you have undertaken and successfully completed as a student.

Under the CAT scheme, a year of full-time study at a UK university equates to 120 credit points. A year of part-time study at ICE, by contrast, typically equates to 60 credit points.

Each year of study is generally awarded at a particular level within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Undergraduate years are awarded at FHEQ Levels 4–6. Postgraduate study at Master’s level is FHEQ Level 7.

Credit framework for qualifications at ICE

You cannot be awarded partial credit if you fail to complete your course.

Credit transfer

Within certain limitations, the flexibility of this system makes it possible for you to transfer credit awarded by the University through ICE into the degree programmes of other higher education providers (under the CAT Scheme). The volume of credit that can be transferred from ICE into a course at another institution is at the discretion of that institution. The rules vary from one institution to another and you are advised to contact the receiving institution as soon as possible.

To achieve a University of Cambridge qualification, you need to complete an approved core curriculum. You cannot therefore transfer credits from other higher education institutions into University of Cambridge awards.

Credits and credit transfer

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