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Credits points counted towards study (CRDPTSTU)

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Key Value
Name Credits points counted towards study
Short name CRDPTSTU
Part of Entry Profile (EntryProfile)
Description This field indicates the number of credit points being used from a previous award towards the student's current study.
Applicable to England
Coverage All EntryProfile entities at providers in England where applicable.

Where a student uses credits from a previous award 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.

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 students highest qualification this would be recorded in EntryProfile.QUALENT3.

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.

Quality Rules Quality rules to follow
Optional? Yes
Reason required To help the OfS understand where this type of activity happens and to ensure that choice and competition within the market drive innovation, diversity and improvement.
Field Length 3
Revision History
Coding Manual Version Element Version Notes
1.3.0 1.0.1 Guidance updated with additional clarification and examples following queries from providers.

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