Transfer Credit for General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level Examinations

Transfer credit is awarded where a final grade of at least ‘B’ is achieved.

This page outlines how transfer credit is awarded for GCE Advanced Level examinations. 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 where a final grade of at least ‘B’ is achieved. No transfer credit is awarded for Advanced Subsidiary level courses. 

The deadline for your final official results to be sent directly from the appropriate exam board (CIE, EdExcel, AQA, OCR, SQA) to Enrolment Services at the University of Toronto to be assessed for transfer credit eligibility is August 14, 2020. You do not need to submit your actual Certificate that is normally issued in October or November. 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.

General Certificate of Education - Advanced Level Examinations

Course Name Transfer 
Credit
Given
Credit
Value
Subject
Area/Breadth
Requirement (BR)
Program
Admission
Program
Requirements
Prerequisite
Purposes
Notes
Accounting/Princples of Accounting and Business Studies - both required RSM1**Y  1 (BR=None) No No No N/A
Anthropology ANT1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Applied Business No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Applied Information and Communication Technology SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3)     No No No N/A
Arabic No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Art VIS1**H     0.5 Art (BR=1) No No No N/A
Art and Design VIS1**H     0.5 Art & Design (BR=1)     No No No N/A
Art History FAH1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No Yes No Specialist admission requires an additional 1.0FCE in FAH.
Biology BIO1**Y     1 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs.
Biology A BIO1**H 0.5 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs.
Biology B BIO1**H 0.5 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs.
Business and Economics SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
RSM1**H 0.5 (BR=None) No No No
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
Chinese EAS1**H 0.5 Chinese Lang (BR=1) No Yes No N/A
Chinese History EAS1**H     0.5 (BR=3) No Yes No N/A
Classical Civilization CLA1**H 0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Classical Studies CLA1**H     0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Classics CLA1**H 0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Computer Science CSC1**H 0.5 (BR=5) No No No Consult with the CSC department for advising on course selection.
Computer Studies CSC1**H 0.5 (BR=5) No No No Consult with the CSC department for advising on course selection.
Computing CSC1**H 0.5 (BR=5) No No No Consult with the CSC department for advising on course selection.
Design and Technology No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Drama DRM1**H     0.5 (BR=1) No Yes No Consult department for program requirements.
Drama & Theatre Studies         DRM1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No Yes No Consult department for program requirements.  
Dress & Textile No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Economics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Economics & Public Affairs SII1**Y     1 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Electronics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
English ENG1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No Yes Yes N/A
English General No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
English Language No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
English Language and Literature ENG1**H 0.5 Language and Lit (BR=1)     No Yes Yes N/A
English Literature ENG1**H     0.5 Lit (BR=1) No Yes Yes N/A
Film Studies CIN1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No No Yes Although a half credit, course can be used as a prerequisite in lieu of CIN105Y. Consult department.
Food Studies No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
French FSL1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Only if specified after placement test Only if specified after placement test Only if specified after placement test N/A
General Studies No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Geography JEG1**H 0.5 100 (BR=5) Yes (grade of A); No (grade less than A) Yes Yes You have the equivalent of JEG100H1.
 
Geology ESS1**Y 1 (BR=5) No No No N/A
German GER1**H  0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes No N/A
Global Perspectives SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Graphical Communications No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gujarati SAS1**H 0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Health and Social Care HST1**J 0.5 Health Studies (BR=3) Yes No No N/A
Hindi SAS1**Y 1 Hindi (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Hinduism RLG1**Y 1 205 (BR=2+3) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of RLG205H1. 
History SII1**H 0.5 (BR=3) No No No N/A
Home Economics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Human Biology BIO1**Y  1 (BR=4) No No No N/A
Information & Communication Technology CSC1**H 0.5 104 (BR=5) No No No You have the equivalent of CSC104H1.
Italian ITA1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Latin LAT1**H 0.5 (BR=1) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Law TRN1**H 0.5 Law (BR=3) No No No N/A
Leisure Studies No credit  N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Liberal Studies No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Marine Science LTE1**Y 1 (BR=4) No No No N/A
Mathematics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics - Applied No credit     N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics - Further No credit     N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics - Pure/Core No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics and Statistics No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Media Studies 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
Music Technology No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Philosophy PHL1**H 0.5 (BR=2) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Physical Education No credit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Physical Sciences PMU1**Y 1 (BR=5) No No No 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 (BR=2) No No No N/A
Religious Studies RLG1**H 0.5 (BR=2) Yes No No N/A
Russian Language SLA1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes N/A N/A N/A
Social Biology BIO1**Y 1 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes This credit is acceptable for admission into the joint EEB-CSB programs.
Sociology SOC1**H 1 100H (BR=3) Yes Yes Yes You have the equivalent of SOC100H1.
Spanish SPA1**H 0.5 Lang (BR=1) Yes No No N/A
Statistics STA1**Y 1 (BR=5) No No No N/A
Thinking Skills No credit N/A 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 N/A
Urdu LNG1**H 0.5 Urdu (BR=1) No No No N/A
Visual Arts VIS1**H 0.5 (BR=1) No No No N/A
Zoology BIO1**Y 1 (BR=4) Yes Yes Yes N/A