Policy 060: Student Transfer Policy

Policy 060: Student Transfer Policy (Higher Education)

  1. PUROPOSE

1.1 This policy covers the process whereby a current student, either at ACM or another institution, moves from one degree programme to another. This includes:

  • Students transferring to ACM from another institution;
  • Students transferring from ACM to another institution.

1.2 This policy applies to students studying at ACM Guildford and ACM Birmingham, studying on Middlesex University validated programmes (transferring out of ACM), and students external to ACM (transferring into ACM).

1.3 Students studying at ACM London, as part of a franchise partnership with Falmouth University, transferring in or out of ACM should refer to Falmouth University’s Regulations for registration, enrolment and transfer accessible at: https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/student-regulations

  1. POLICY DETAILS

Students Transferring to ACM from Another Institution

2.1 The eligibility of a student transferring to ACM from another institution will be determined in reference to the entry requirements of the programme, and the timing of the request.

2.2 Students transferring to ACM from another institution should contact admissions@acm.ac.uk so a member of the team can assess the information and advise whether the student will need to apply through UCAS.

2.3 Students whose admission is based on prior attainment should refer to ACM’s Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) Policy

(https://www.acm.ac.uk/policies/).

2.4 Where Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is confirmed, the relevant modules will appear on the student’s transcript as graded ‘Y.’ These grades will not factor into the calculation of final classifications.

2.5 The maximum credit that may be awarded towards a qualification on the basis of prior learning is two-thirds of the credit value of the whole qualification, e.g. 240 credits out of a 360-credit Bachelor degree.

2.6 Fee liability is calculated from the point of entry to a programme at ACM Guildford or ACM Birmingham.

2.7 If funded through a loan from Student Finance England (or other funding body) students are advised that they may need to access a ‘Gift Year’ of funding in order to complete their studies. Students are advised to contact the relevant funding body for information specific to their personal circumstances.

2.8 Students requesting to transfer to ACM from another institution will also be subject to the terms outlined in ACM’s Admissions Policy which can be found at: https://www.acm.ac.uk/policies/

2.9 Following approval of an applicant’s request to transfer to ACM, the admissions team will provide confirmation to the student. Students should contact the Student finance team (studentfinance@acm.ac.uk) to ensure all financial conditions are met before transfer.

Students Transferring from ACM to Another Institution

2.10 Students wishing to transfer from ACM to another institution must first request to withdraw from the programme and can do so under the conditions outlined in ACM’s Withdrawal, Interruption and Internal Transfer Policy which can be found at: https://www.acm.ac.uk/policies/

2.11 Students with completed modules may be eligible for one of the following interim awards, depending on the number of credits achieved:

  • 120 credits achieved at Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education;
  • 240 credits achieved across Levels 4 and 5: Diploma of Higher Education;
  • 300 credits achieved across Levels 4, 5 and 6: Ordinary Degree (without Honours).

If eligible for an award, the student will be issued with a certificate and academic transcript following confirmation of the award by the Finalist Examination Board. The Finalist Examination Board sits twice each academic year and so awards may only be confirmed at these times.

2.12 Students with completed modules can request a ‘Confirmation of Grades’ letter from ACM Registry to support their application to another institution. This will be provided in lieu of an official academic transcript in cases where:

  • The student has completed the Foundation Year of the Music Industry Practice programme;
  • The student’s admission to the other institution must be finalised before any interim award can be confirmed by the Middlesex University Finalist Examination Board;
  • The student has not achieved enough credits in order to be considered for an interim award.

2.13 Students transferring from ACM to another institution may request an academic reference by contacting the ACM Registry at registry@acm.ac.uk.

2.14 Students are liable for fees at ACM until the date on which they submit their withdrawal form ahead of their transfer. Students should contact the Student finance team (studentfinance@acm.ac.uk) to ensure all financial conditions are met before transfer.

2.15 Students are advised to seek information regarding fees and liability for their new programme directly from the institution to which they are transferring.

  1. POLICY OWNER

3.1 The policy lead is responsible for the cyclical monitoring and review of the policy in liaison with ACM’s Quality Team. The Student Transfer Policy lead is:

  1. SUPPORTING INFORMATION

4.1 Internal Documents

  • Admissions Policy
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy
  • Equality and Diversity Policy

4.2 External Documents

  1. DOCUMENT HISTORY AND NEXT REVIEW

Version:                      1

Approved on:              17th December 2019

Approved by:              Executive Steering Group

Download this policy as a .pdf file here: Policy 060 Student Transfer Policy V.1 2020 (1)

Posted in: Middlesex Policies