General Certificate of Education (GCE)

This web page indicates how transfer credit is awarded for GCE Advanced Level examinations. Please note that the following rules and regulations only apply to students admitted to a degree program and who are registered at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) during the 2022-2023 academic year.

  1. Transfer credit is awarded where a final grade of at least ‘B’ is achieved. No transfer credit is awarded for Advanced Subsidiary level courses.
  1. In order to receive credit, final results must be sent directly from the appropriate exam board to Enrolment Services as soon as your results are available and no later than August 31, 2022. You do not need to submityour actual Certificate(s) that is normally issued in October / November. Results issued by your school are not acceptable. Links to various exam boards: CIE, EdExcel, AQA, OCR, SQA, WJEC.
  1. If you wish to decline or forfeit the transfer credits awarded to you, you must email utsc.hstransfercredit@utoronto.ca no later than October 31, 2022. The option to forfeit is only available to students who have not attended another post- secondary institution. Once forfeited, transfer credits cannot be reinstated.
  1. If you choose to forfeit transfer credit given for a course for which you were awarded two half credits, you must forfeit both half credits.

Terms Defined

  • Unspecified transfer credit: A course that has no exact equivalency in the Faculty. For example, CHMA**H represents an unspecified first year credit in Chemistry.
  • Generic transfer credit: A course for which no equivalent discipline exists. For example, HUM – Humanities, LGG – Language, SCI – Science, SSC – Social Science.
  • Specific credits: Courses offered at UTSC, e.g. CHMA10H3.
  • Breadth Requirement: Of the 20 credits required to complete a degree, at least one half-credit must come from each of the following five breadth categories (Refer to the UTSC Calendar for more information)

·            Arts, literature and language (Arts)

·            History, philosophy and cultural studies (HisPhil)

·            Social and behavioural sciences (SocBeh)

·            Natural sciences (NatSci)

·            Quantitative reasoning (Quant)

Interpreting the Equivalency Charts

  • Course Name: The name of the course/subject you took (for example, European History or Economics)
  • Transfer Credit Given: The credit that will appear on your academic record (transcript). All secondary school transfer credits are awarded as unspecified transfer credits, for example BIOA**H, CHMA**Y, or MGEA**Y.
  • Credit Value: The weight of the transfer credits, either 0.5 or 1.0 (see the Academic Calendar for more information about course weight). If a course/subject is not eligible for transfer credit, the weight will be listed as N/A.
  • Subject Area/Breadth Requirement: Some courses may list a subject area such as “HisPhil”, which is an abbreviated description of the course content, in this case, history, philosophy & cultural studies. The subject area information normally also includes the breadth requirement (BR) category for the transfer credits (see above). If no breadth requirement category is listed, the transfer credit does not contribute toward the breadth requirements. In some cases, the subject area also includes a course code, which indicates the course to which the transfer credit can be considered an equivalent. 

As an example, IB Biology is awarded two transfer credits, BIOA**H with a subject area of “A01 (BR=NatSci)” and “BIOA**H with a subject area of “A02 (BR=NatSci)”. One BIOA**H credit provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category BR=NatSci (Natural Sciences) and can be used as an equivalent to BIOA01H3; the second BIOA**H provides a half-credit toward the same breadth requirement category BR=NatSci and can be used as an equivalent to BIOA02H3. It is important to note that you could, however, choose to take BIOA01H3 and/or BIOA02H3 at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) if you wanted to, and the courses would not be considered repeated courses.

  • Program Admission: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the enrolment requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar for more information about program enrolment requirements.
  • Program Requirements: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the completion requirements for a program of study. See the Academic Calendar  for more information about program completion requirements.
  • Prerequisite Purposes: This column tells you whether the credit can be used to meet the prerequisite for another course. See the Academic Calendar for more information about prerequisites.
  • Notes: Information in this column will normally explain information about the credit equivalency and how your transfer credit can be used for program requirements. If the note tells you to consult the program, you can find the academic unit’s contact information on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

*Courses not offered at UTSC but offered at the Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS) on the St. George campus, are awarded the FAS course and include a “1” for course level and are not eligible for program admission, program requirements or program prerequisites at UTSC. For example, the IB course “German B” is listed at GER1**H and can be used for breadth requirement (BR=Arts), but is not eligible for program use.

Subjects not listed below may still be considered for transfer credit. The University of Toronto Scarborough reserves the right to change transfer credit policies without notice.

Duplication of Material

Subject to confirmation of the above transfer credits, please refer to the UTSC Calendar to review course descriptions and exclusions since the content may overlap with studies for which you have received transfer credit; for instance, studies receiving LGGA**Y may have significant overlap with UTSC language courses. Choose wisely to ensure you are taking courses at the correct level of study.

 

Course Name

Transfer Credit Given

Credit Value

Subject Area/ Breadth

Program Admission

Program Require-ments

Program Pre-requisites

Notes

Accounting

MGTA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Anthropology

ANTA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Applied Business

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Applied Information and Communication Technology

SSCA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Arabic

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Art

VPSA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

Yes

No

Consult program advisor for program exception.

Art and Design

VPSA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

Yes

No

Consult program advisor for program exception.

Biology

BIOA**H, BIOA**H

1.0

A01, A02 (BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of BIOA01 and BIOA02.

Biology A

BIOA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of BIOA01.

Biology B

BIOA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of BIOA02.

Business

MGTA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Business and Economics

SSCA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Chemistry

CHMA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

 

Chinese

LGGA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

No credit is given to native speakers of any Chinese dialect.

Chinese History

GASA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

Classical Arabic

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Classical Civilization

CLAA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

Classics

CLAA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

Computer Science/Computer Studies/Computing

CSCA**H

0.5

(BR=Quant)

No

No

No

 

Design and Technology

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Drama/Drama and Theatre Studies

THRA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

Yes

No

Consult program advisor for program exception.

Dress and Textiles

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Economics

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Economics and Public Affairs

POLA**H

SSCA**H

0.5

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

 

Electronics

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

English

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

N/A

English General

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

English Language

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

English Language and Literature

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

English Literature

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

Film Studies

HUMA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

 

Food Studies

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

French

FREA**H

0.5

A01 (BR=Arts)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No credit is given to native speakers. You have the equivalent of FREA01H3.

Further Mathematics

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

General Studies

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Geography

GGRA**H

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

Yes

No

Yes

Consult program advisor for program exception.

Geology

EESA**H3

0.5

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

Yes

Consult program advisor for program exception/prerequisites to an EES course

German

GER1**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers.

Global Perspectives

SSCA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Government and Politics

POLA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Graphical Communications

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Health and Social Care

HLTA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

TBD

TBD

TBD

 

Hindi

LGGA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers.

Hinduism

RLGA**Y

1.0

(BR=HisPhil)

No

No

No

 

History

HISA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

History of Art

VPHA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

Yes

No

Consult program advisor for program exception.

History of East Asia

GASA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

Yes

Yes

 

Home Economics

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Human Biology

BIOA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

Yes

No

No

 

Information & Communication Technology

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Italian

ITA1**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers.

Japanese

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Latin

LAT1**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Law

TRN1**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

Yes

No

Yes

Consult program advisor for program exception.

Leisure Studies

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Liberal Studies

SSCA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Marine Science

SCIA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

 

Mathematics

No Credit

No credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Mathematics-Pure/Core

No Credit

No credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Media Studies

MDSA**H

0.5

A01 (BR=Arts)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of MDSA01H.

Modern Greek

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Modern Hebrew

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Music

MUZA**Y

1.0

(BR=Arts)

N/A

No

No

 

Music Technology

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Persian

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Philosophy

PHLA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Physical Education

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Physical Sciences

SCIA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

No

 

Physics

PHYA**H, PHYA**H

1.0

A11, A22 (BR=NatSci)

Yes

Yes

Yes

You have the equivalent of PHYA11 and PHYA22 but not PHYA10 and PHYA21.

Politics POLA**H      0.5 (BR=SocBeh)          Yes     Yes       Yes  

Psychology

PSYA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Religious Studies

RLGA**H

0.5

(BR=HisPhil)

No

No

No

The Religion Programs are currently suspended.

Russian Language

SLA1**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers.

Social Biology

BIOA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

Yes

No

Yes

 

Sociology

SOCA**H

0.5

(BR=SocBeh)

No

No

No

 

Spanish

SPA1**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

N/A

N/A

N/A

No credit is given to native speakers.

Statistics

STAA**Y

1.0

(BR=Quant)

No

No

No

 

Tamil

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Thinking Skills

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Travel and Tourism

No Credit

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Urdu

LGGA**H

0.5

(BR=Arts)

No

No

No

No credit is given to native speakers.

Zoology

BIOA**Y

1.0

(BR=NatSci)

No

No

Yes