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Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

We accept a diverse range of qualifications, this includes considering prior learning as credit towards your York degree. This means you can apply to be exempt from taking certain modules on your York degree, if you have previous relevant qualifications or experience.

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught (MSc, MA, PG Dip, PG Cert and MRes) applicants, including those from outside the UK. It applies whether you’re applying to study at York or one of our partners such as Hull Northampton Medical School. There are two ways that you can use prior learning towards your York degree.

  1. Credit transfer

This is where higher education credit gained from an alternative course at York, or from a course at another university, can be accepted as part of the course you’re applying to at York.

  1. Recognition of prior learning

We can assess whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge, understanding and skills in order to be exempt from studying some required modules. This can be used in two ways:

  • Prior certificated learning (formal qualifications) at a level equivalent to higher education credit
  • Experiential learning where your work experience and non-certificated learning can be recognised.

How to apply

  • If you’d like to make an application for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning you should contact the department you’re applying to and then complete the relevant application form.
  • You will be responsible for providing sufficient evidence to support your application. This might include certificates of qualifications, an academic transcript or reference from an employer.
  • Your application will be assessed based on academic judgement by qualified members of academic staff.
  • All applications should be made prior to enrolment unless the department has agreed otherwise due to exceptional circumstances.
  • In most cases your prior learning should have been completed within five years of your expected start date at York.

 

 

We maintain policies and guidelines that promote and facilitate student transfer to the University, including transfer coursework applicable to general education requirements. Students who have completed an approved associate of arts degree will have satisfied Northampton University’s general education requirement.

Students who have completed an approved general education program in which we hold articulation agreements will have satisfied our general education requirement. Completion of the general education program must be verified or documented on the sending institution’s official transcript.

Students transferring without completion of an associate of arts degree will have their previous college-level coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis for equivalency with our general education requirement.

We provide full transfer credit for specialized associate degrees (associate of science, an associate of fine arts, etc.) successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions. If completion of a required general education program is documented on the official transcript, the transfer student will have satisfied our general education requirement.

Additionally, we maintain many program-by-program articulation agreements to assist transfer students. A transfer without a degree is evaluated on a course-by-course basis subject to the University’s policies regarding lower-division programs.

We provide full transfer credit for specialized associate degrees (associate of science, an associate of fine arts, etc.) successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions. If completion of a required general education program is documented on the official transcript, the transfer student will have satisfied our general education requirement.

Additionally, we maintain many program-by-program articulation agreements to assist transfer students. A transfer without a degree is evaluated on a course-by-course basis subject to our policies regarding lower-division programs.

Credits must:

  • Be relevant to the specific master’s degree discipline the student is pursuing
  • Be acquired from other accredited graduate institutions
  • Be limited to a total of 12 credit hours for an MA degree or 9 credits for a 36-hour MBA degree
  • Have grade of B- or above
  • Not have been applied toward the completion of another degree