CHAPTER 8

CREDITS, GRADES, CREDIT ACCUMULATION AND CREDIT TRANSFER

EXAMPLES

Example 1 - Credit transfer

An applicant presents a transcript from a recognised university, detailing the credits completed towards a Bachelor degree. This transcript therefore confirms the level at which the credits have been awarded and thus, although the qualification is incomplete, credit transfer may be utilised for the credits successfully obtained to allow the individual to continue their studies in another institution accordingly. Details of the recognition decision are then kept on file to ensure consistency in future assessments and to assist new staff.

Return to Recommendation – Comparing outcomes of qualifications

Example 2 - Poor performance

In a second instance, an applicant presents a final certificate and a transcript. According to information on the grading system used in the applicant’s country, the student’s performance is quite poor. However, the student has passed the overall requirements of the programme and has been awarded the final certificate. Thus a recognition decision can be made accordingly.

Return to Recommendation – No substantial differences identified

Example 3 - Accumulation of credit

A third applicant presents his degree course transcript indicating 180 ECTS achieved at undergraduate level, which is the equivalent of three years studying. However, there is no final certificate and it is thus not clear whether or not the student has actually passed the final examination. Possibly, the student may have acquired some additional credits for non-compulsory subjects, whereas some compulsory subjects are still missing. This might result in a transcript which shows that 180 ECTS have been accumulated, but which does not represent a fully completed programme. Accordingly, the recognition decision is suspended until the final degree certificate or other acceptable evidence of degree completion has been received.

Return to Recommendation – No substantial differences identified