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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Academic credit:

Academic credit formally recognises and measures the designated learning outcomes that you have achieved at a specified level.

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

Under the CAT Scheme, each year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme equates to 120 credit points. Each year of a degree is generally studied 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

If you do not complete a course, you cannot be awarded credit for part of it.

Credit cannot be awarded twice for the same learning. If you are concerned about the possibility of academic overlap in a course you are proposing to take and a course you have previously taken, you should contact the relevant Head of Academic Centre Administration in the first instance.

Credit transfer:

The flexibility of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme makes it possible to transfer credit awarded by the University of Cambridge through ICE to the degree programmes of other higher education providers. The volume of credit that can be transferred from ICE to 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 course and therefore you cannot transfer credits from other higher education institutions to a University of Cambridge award.

Credits and credit transfer

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