Transfer Credit for the Cambridge Pre-University Diploma

Transfer credit is awarded for your Cambridge Pre-University Principal examinations where a final grade of at least ‘M2’ is achieved.

This page outlines how transfer credit is awarded for Cambridge Pre-University subjects. The following information applies only to students admitted to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts & Science for September 2020 and who are registered in the Faculty during the Fall/Winter 2020-21 session. For more information and advice, visit the Transfer Credit page.

Transfer credit is awarded for your Cambridge Pre-University Principal examinations where a final grade of at least ‘M2’ is achieved. 

The deadline for your final official results to be sent directly from the exam board to Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto to be assessed for transfer credit eligibility is August 14, 2020. Details on how to request a Certifying Statement can be found on the Cambridge Assessment International Education website. Results issued by your school are not acceptable. 

Breadth Requirements

The majority of courses in the Faculty of Arts & Science are classified into five breadth categories by subject content. The purpose of the Breadth Requirement is to ensure all students graduating with a degree from the Faculty of Arts & Science have chosen courses across a broad range of subject areas in the Faculty as part of their undergraduate education. Please note that some courses do not have a breadth requirement.

The five breadth categories are:

Category 1: Creative and Cultural Representations (CCR)
Category 2: Thought, Belief, and Behaviour (TBB)
Category 3: Society and Its Institutions (SII)
Category 4: Living Things and Their Environment (LTE)
Category 5: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (PMU)

The majority of secondary school transfer credits are assigned a breadth category. More information about breadth requirements can be found in the Faculty of Arts & Science Academic Calendar and on the Sidney Smith Commons.

How do I interpret the transfer credit equivalency chart?

  • 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 BIO1**H, CHM1**Y, or ECO1**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 “Lang & Lit”, which is an abbreviated description of the course content, in this case, language and literature. 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 number, which indicates the course to which the transfer credit can be considered an equivalent. 
    • As an example, IB Geography is awarded two transfer credits, JEG1**H with a subject area of “100 (BR=5)” and GGR1**H with a subject area of “107 (BR=3)”. JEG1**H provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category 5 (The Physical and Mathematical Universes) and can be used as an equivalent to JEG100H1; GGR1**H provides a half-credit toward breadth requirement category 3 (Society and Its Institutions) and can be used as an equivalent to GGR107H1. It is important to note that you could, however, choose to take JEG100H1 or GGR107H1 in the Faculty of Arts & Science 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 their website or in the Academic Calendar.

Subjects not listed below may still be considered for transfer credit. The Faculty of Arts & Science reserves the right to change transfer credit policies without notice.

Cambridge Pre-University Diploma

Course Name Transfer 
Credit
Given
Credit
Value
Subject
Area/Breadth
Requirement (BR)
Program
Admission
Program
Requirements
Prerequisite
Purposes
Notes
Art and Design VIS1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No No No N/A
Art History FAH1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Biology BIO1**Y 1 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs.
Business & Management RSM1**H 0.5 (BR=None) No No No N/A
Chemistry CHM1**H 0.5 135 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of CHM135H1 & CHM136H1.
CHM1**H 0.5 136 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes
Classical Greek GRK1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Classical Heritage CLA1**H 0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Comparative Government and Politics SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Drama and Theatre DRM1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No Yes No Consult department for program requirements.
Economics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
French FSL1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) No No No N/A
Further Mathematics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Geography JEG1**H 0.5 100 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of JEG100H1.
German GER1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes No N/A
Global Persp. & Indep. Research

SII1**H

0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
History SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Italian ITA1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Latin LAT1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Literature in English ENG1**H 0.5 (BR=None) No Yes Yes N/A
Mandarin Chinese EAS1**H 0.5 Chinese Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Mathematics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Music MUS1**H 0.5 110 (BR=1) No Yes No

You have the equivalent of MUS110H1 & MUS111H1.

MUS1**H 0.5 111 (BR=1) No Yes No
Philosophy & Theology PHL1**H 0.5 Intro (BR=2) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Physics PHY1**H 0.5 151 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of PHY151H1 & PHY152H1.
PHY1**H 0.5 152 (BR=5) Yes Yes Yes
Psychology PSY1**H 0.5 100 (BR=2) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of PSY100H1.
Russian SLA1**H 0.5 Russian (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Spanish SPA1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Sport Science LTE1**H 0.5 Physical (BR=4) No No No N/A