Midlands Credit Compass

What is the Midlands Credit Compass?

We understand the unpredictabilities of life and how things can sometimes change, meaning you may have move away from your current place of study. As a University we are working in partnership to ensure students who need to leave their studies are able to return to education if they choose to do so.

We are working in partnership with the following universities:

If you are studying with one of the universties within the Midlands Credit Compass and have to leave, you will be issued with a verified record of your credit achievements. If you then wish to transfer to another university within the Midlands Credit Compass you will be given assistance to transfer your academic credits.

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What is 'Credit'?

When you complete a module at university you will receive a number of credits for your studies. These credits can be used in full or in part when you transfer to a course at one of the universities within the Midlands Credit Compass. This means you won't have to repeat the same area of study.

Our commitment to you

Being involved in the Midlands Credit Compass makes it easier for you to transfer to, or return to, one of the universities in the partnership. As part of the service we will:

How do I apply? 

If you are thinking of leaving your course, please discuss this with your personal tutor first.

If you wish to transfer to one of the Midlands Credit Compass Universities or have already left your university, please send an email directly to the university you are interested in transfering to.

Your email should include the following information:

The email should be sent to the Admissions team at the university you wish to apply for.

University of Derby

Birmingham City University 

Coventry University 

Universty of Lincoln

Nottingham Trent University

University of Wolverhampton

Please note there is no guarantee you’ll be able to switch to another course at a different course provider. Each university reserves the right to make a decision based upon its individual regulations and admissions procedure.

I left university several years ago, can I still apply?

Yes. Your credit is normally valid for up to 5 years. However, we would like to support you to continue your studies no matter when you left university! Please send an initial enquiry email to your first choice of university.

What do I do if I have lost my transcript or HEAR link?

You can still send an initial enquiry email to your first choice of university. They will help you to get a copy of your academic credit.

I have taken a break but now I wish to return to my original university. What do I do next?

Please contact your university with the information requested in the 'How do I apply?' section, stating that you wish to return to study.

Can I transfer to study a completely different subject?

If you want to study a completely different subject, it is less likely that you can use the credit you have already earned. You can still apply to transfer, but you may have to go back to the beginning of the first year.

Will transferring to another University affect my funding and student loan?

You should still be entitled to funding when you change to the new course, but the rules around this are very complicated – particularly if the transfer requires you to go back a year or more. The university you wish to apply to will support you to understand how your funding will be affected. They'll also be able to advise you about how the transfer will affect any bursary you've received from your university.

Can I still apply if I do not have any credit?

Yes. Even if you do not have any credit to transfer, we would still like to support you in your further studies. However, you may have to undertake the full course if we are unable to accredit any relevant prior learning. Please send an enquiry to your first choice of university.

Can I apply to a university that is not in the Midlands Credit Compass?

Yes, you can apply to any other university you are interested in attending. You may have to pay a small fee (for application through UCAS), and it may take longer to arrange a transfer than through the Midlands Credit Compass. To transfer to a university that is not within the Midlands Credit Compass Group, please contact that university directly.