Credits points counted towards study(CRDPTSTU)

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Credits points counted towards study
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All EntryProfile entities at providers in England where applicable

This field indicates the number of previously awarded credit points being used towards the student’s current study.

Where a student uses previously awarded credit points or APEL towards their current study, this field records the number of credits. This is used in combination with EntryProfile.CRDSCM which records the relevant credit scheme and EntryProfile.APELCRD which is returned where the credits are the result of APEL.

Providers should not return credits that are recorded as part of an awarded qualification in HIGHESTQOE. Only credits are to be returned.

This credit could have been awarded by the reporting provider as part of a previous Engagement. If the student is using previous credit to count towards their current Engagement, this should be recorded.

Where the student has a previous award, rather than credits, this would not be recorded in this field. For example, if a student completed a foundation degree at provider A before moving to provider B to complete a top-up, the credits for the foundation degree would not be recorded in this field. If the foundation degree was the student's highest qualification this would be recorded in EntryProfile.HIGHESTQOE.

Fractional credit points should be rounded to the nearest whole number.


  • A student completes a module worth 30 CATS credits at provider A and is awarded the credits. They then transfer to provider B and those 30 credits count towards their study with provider B. EntryProfile.CRDPTSTU would be returned as 30 with EntryProfile.CRDSCM = 01.
  • As a result of APEL, a student is not required to complete a module that is usually required for their course at a provider. The module is worth 60 CATS credits. EntryProfile.CRDPTSTU would be returned as 60 with EntryProfile.CRDSCM = 01 and EntryProfile.APELCRD = 01. A StudentOnModule record would not be returned for the APEL module.
  • A student is awarded an HND by provider A. The student then signs up to complete a top up at provider B with the aim of being awarded a first degree. This would not be recorded in the EntryProfile.CRDPTSTU as the HND is a qualification rather than credits.

Values are to be recorded as positive, whole integers.

The Open University is required to report this field for all non-English parts.


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