12. Regulations for credit transfer: students transferring to the University to complete a first degree
Please note: a student who already holds a degree may not be granted exemptions in respect of that degree or part thereof under these Regulations. Graduates are eligible for consideration and admission as Advanced Students under the Regulations for Advanced Students proceeding to a First Degree.
University Ordinances require that provisions for students to transfer with credit into University of London first degrees shall ensure that the minimum period of study in the College shall normally be not less than two years full-time (or the part-time equivalent); and that in no case shall the minimum period be less than one year full-time (or the part-time equivalent), that year being the final year of the degree programme and such cases to be regarded as exceptional and subject to special consideration by the College.
12.1 These Regulations may be applicable, at the discretion of the College, to a student applying for registration for any first degree provided the scheme to be used in considering such applications has been approved by the Academic Board.
12.2 Acceptability for credit transfer of work undertaken in other institutions within or outside the University of London does not confer right of entry to any course in the College. Decisions on admission, including decisions on crediting previous periods of study and examinations, remain at the discretion of the College.
12.3 The same period of study and examinations cannot be credited towards the award of a degree of the University of London and a degree of another institution.
12.4 A transfer student may be exempted from part of a course of study for a first degree of the University and may be exempted additionally from part of the examinations prescribed for a first degree of the University and given associated credits in accordance with the provisions set out in paragraphs 12.5-12.9 below.
12.5 The credits granted to a student transferring to a degree based on course units shall not exceed in value four course units per year of full-time study (or its part-time equivalent) previously completed; a student transferring to any other degree shall not be credited with courses and examinations other than those which would have been taken by an internal student at the same point in the course of study for that degree.
12.6 The following categories of person may be admitted as transfer students:
- a person who has attended part of a first degree course elsewhere in the United Kingdom and who has successfully completed parts of that course of study relevant to the course to be followed at the College
- a person who has been registered for at least one year as an external student of the University of London and is still so registered on a course of study for a first degree relevant to that which he or she wishes to follow as an internal student
- a person who has been pursuing a course of study for a degree or qualification of equal rank outside the United Kingdom within twenty-four months of his/her application to the College
- a person who has a range of qualifications given a credit rating by Birkbeck College or any other recognised higher education institution
- a person who has obtained by examination Open University credits
- a person who has obtained a University of London Extra-Mural Diploma or Certificate, other than a Certificate or Diploma awarded for a course designated as an access course (a list of such courses may be obtained from the Faculty of Continuing Education at Birkbeck College)
- a person who has obtained an Extra-Mural sessional certificate or certificates with the grade of pass or better towards an Extra-Mural Diploma or Certificate other than those excepted in (f) above, subject to such a person being granted exemption from course-work and examinations and associated credits for an appropriate number of course units not exceeding four.
12.7 When assessing a transfer student for exemption from part of the course of study, the related examinations and associated credits towards the University of London degree, the following criteria shall be taken into consideration:
- details of courses taken and examinations passed at the institution or institutions which the applicant has previously attended, certified by the appropriate officer or officers of that institution or those institutions, and the relevance of those courses and examinations to the course the student wishes to follow at the College
- details of the proposed course of study at the College, including the recommended length of the course of study and any recommendations for exemptions from examinations in respect of examinations previously passed in the course of the student’s studies which are of a similar standard and content to those from which exemption is sought
- the credits granted to a student transferring to a degree based on course units shall not exceed in value four course units per year of full-time study (or its part-time equivalent); a student transferring to any other degree shall be credited only with those courses and examinations which would have been taken by an internal student at the same point in the course of study for that degree
- the study previously undertaken must be such as to allow a smooth transition into the appropriate year of the course of study
- the reasons given for transfer and observations made on these by the institution most recently attended. The applicant must have been eligible, on academic grounds, to continue study at his or her previous institution
- the length of study the student has undertaken to date
- where a student has completed part of a year, the practicality of exempting the student from relevant courses whilst making arrangements for the student to sit the appropriate examinations
- examinations passed while registered as an external student which are common with, or recognised as being equivalent to, those of internal students.
12.8 The following shall apply:
A School may sponsor a recommendation for transfer of credit under these Regulations for:
- up to four course units (or the equivalent) of credit subject only to reference to and concurrence of the Chair of the relevant Degrees Committee or to such other person or Panel appointed for the purpose
- more than four or up to six course units (or the equivalent) of credit subject to the consideration and approval of the relevant Degrees Committee or any Panel appointed by the Degrees Committee for the purpose provided that the School cites the reasons for the transfer (e.g. a student leaving full-time study for financial, family, health or similar reasons) and certifies that it is satisfied that the continuation of study towards a degree of this College is in accordance with the principles applying to first degrees and the maintenance of academic standards of the degree in question
- more than six and up to eight course units only in the most exceptional cases where a full case must be made in support of the recommendation to the relevant Degrees Committee and full documentation must be made available for reference and consideration
- all cases referred in accordance with (i), (ii) or (iii) above to the Degrees Committee for consideration must be accompanied by a statement defining the Scheme for the Awards of Honours (or amended Scheme) that it is proposed should apply to the student, noting that the restrictions imposed by para 7.4 of the Regulations for Degrees Based on Course-Units require that:
When a student is exempted from any course-unit examination under these Regulations the examiners will assess his/her class of Honours entirely upon his/her performance in the course examinations in which (s)he is examined.
12.9 Except insofar as these Regulations otherwise provide, students registered as transfer students shall comply with all relevant regulations.