Office of Admissions

A-Level & AS-Level exam policies

The UW encourages and applauds students who have pursued Advanced Level or Advanced Level Subsidiary exams as part of their high school curriculum or through the Cambridge AICE Diploma Program. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study.

Policy Overview

In general, up to 15 quarter credits will be granted for each A-level exam with a passing grade. Up to 7.5 quarter credits will be granted for each AS-level exam with a passing grade. No more than 45 quarter credits (one year) from all A-level and AS-level exams may be applied towards a UW degree.

General elective credits in the subject area will be awarded unless the discipline’s academic department has previously approved UW course equivalencies. General elective credits may be applied towards the Areas of Knowledge (general education) graduation requirements. If UW equivalent courses are needed for a specific major, students will need to consult the academic department once they arrive on campus to have them evaluate the syllabus/content of the A-level or AS-level exam.

No grades are posted for A-level or AS-level exams.

Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams like A-level, AS-level, AP, or IB will not be granted.

Advanced credit policies are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change.

Submitting A-Level or AS-Level Exams for Credit

The UW will only award credit once the official A-level or AS-level exam certificate has been issued. Preliminary results, Statement of Results, and unofficial photocopies cannot be used to grant credit. Official certificates for exams taken in June are generally issued in October.

  • Once you have received your official A-level or AS-level exam certificate, either have your school make an official photocopy of the original by stamping the copy as official or submit the original exam certificate to the Office of Admissions.
  • Once an official copy of the final exam certificate is received, the Office of Admissions will post credit to your student record. Information about courses and credits awarded will be accessible via MyUW on your unofficial UW transcript. Please allow 2-4 weeks for exam certificates to be processed and credit posted.

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A-Level Exams

A-level Exam Subjects UW Course Equivalency / Credits Counts Towards/Comments
Accounting ACCTG 215 (5 credits)
ACCTG 225 (5 credits)
B A 1XX (5 credits)
Accounting, Principles of to be determined  – consult department
Accounts, Principles of to be determined  – consult department
Applied Information & Communication Technology No credit
Art & Design No credit
Biology BIOL 1XX (15 credits) Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Business Studies UW 1XX (15 credits)
Chemistry CHEM 142 (5 credits)
CHEM 152 (5 credits)
CHEM 162 (5 credits)
General chemistry for science and engineering majors. Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation. CHEM 142 also satisfies Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement.
Computing / Computer Studies/ Computer Applications No credit awarded
Design & Technology No credit awarded
Drama DRAMA 1XX(15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Economics ECON 200 (5 credits)
ECON 201 (5 credits)
ECON 1XX (5 credits)
Satisfies Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning graduation requirement and/or counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
English Language ENGL 1XX (15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English Language & Linguistics LING 1XX (15 credits)
English Literature ENGL 1XX (15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English, Language & Literature in ENGL 1XX (15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English, Literature in ENGL 1XX (15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, a&nd Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
English, Use of No credit awarded
English as a Second Language No credit awarded
French FRENCH 1XX (15 credits) No credit awarded for native speakers of French.
General Paper No credit awarded
German GERMAN 1XX(15 credits) No credit awarded for native speakers of German.
Global Perspectives and Research UW 1XX (15 credits) Consult with your academic adviser about which Areas of Knowledge general education requirements apply to your GPR experience and content.
Geography GEOG 1XX (15 credits) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
History HIST 1XX (15 credits) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Islamic Studies No credit awarded
Mathematics MATH 124 (5 credits)
MATH 125 (5 credits)
MATH 1XX (5 credits)
Satisfies Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement and/or Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Mathematics, Further MATH 308 (5 credits)
MATH 1XX (10 credits)
Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Mathematics, Pure MATH 124 (5 credits)
MATH 125 (5 credits)
MATH 126 (5 credits)
Satisfies Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning basic skills requirement and/or Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Music MUSIC 1XX(15 credits) Counts towards Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts general education requirement for graduation.
Physical Education PE 1XX (3 credits)
KIN PE 1XX (12 credits)
Physics PHYS 121 (5 credits)
PHYS 122 (5 credits)
PHYS 123 (5 credits)
Counts toward Natural World general education requirement for graduation.
Psychology PSYCH 101 (5 credits)
PSYCH 1XX (10 credits)
Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Sociology SOC 1XX (15 credits) Counts toward Individuals & Societies general education requirement for graduation.
Spanish SPAN 1XX (15 credits) No credit awarded for native speakers of Spanish.
Thinking Skills No credit awarded

1XX

Credits listed as 1XX instead of a specific course number indicates that exam subject receives college credit but it is not equivalent to a specific course at the UW. 1XX indicates the course is considered a first-year level college course and 2XX indicates a second-year level course.

UW 1XX

Credits listed as UW 1XX indicates that exam subject does not correspond to an academic program at the UW but is granted elective college credit. Often the subject is an interdepartmental course or the UW does not have an equivalent department. The exam subject is assigned the generic UW 1XX equivalency and may be used towards graduation requirements as appropriate.

AS-Level Exams

All AS-level exams receiving college credit will be assigned 1XX general elective credit in the academic subject area of the exam. No UW equivalencies will be assigned for AS-level exams.

Exam Subjects Not Listed

Exam subjects listed in this table are the most commonly seen subjects on the A-level and AS-level exams but this is not a complete list. Subjects not currently listed will be reviewed individually. College credit is not awarded for vocational or technical subjects or courses not considered college-level.