Undergraduate Admissions

A-Level Credit

If you have taken Advanced Level (A-Level) exams, you may be able to earn Penn State credit.

Penn State will award transfer credit for exams taken at the Advanced (A-Level) or Advanced Subsidiary(AS) Level and graded C or above.

A-Level credit we accept is as follows:

Accounting

AS - 3 general credits of accounting

A-Level - 6 general credits of accounting

Arabic

AS - ARAB 001 and 2 general credits of Arabic (5 credits)

A-Level - ARAB 001, ARAB 002, and ARAB 003 (12 credits)

Art and Design

AS - 3 general credits of art

A-Level - 6 general credits of art

Business Studies

AS - 3 general credits of business administration

A-Level - 6 general credits of business administration

Biology

AS - 6 general credits of business administration

A-Level -BIOL 110, BIOL240W, and BIOL 220W (12 credits)

Chemistry

AS - CHEM 110 and CHEM 111 (4 credits)

A-Level - CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, and CHEM 113 (8 credits)

Chinese Language

AS - 6 general credits of Chinese

A-Level - CHNS 001, CHNS 002, CHNS 003 (12 credits)

Computer Science A

AS - 3 general credits of computer science

A-Level - CMPSC 203 and 2 general credits of computer science

Design and Technology

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - A-4 general credits of engineering technology

Economics

AS - 3 general credits of economics

A-Level - ECON 102 and ECON 104 (6 credits)

Economics and Business

AS - 3 general credits of business administration

A-Level - 3 general credits of business administration and 3 general credits of economics(6 credits)

English as a Second Language

No credit awarded

English Language

AS - 3 general credits of English

A-Level - 6 general credits of English

English Language and Literature

AS - 3 general credits of English

A-Level - 6 general credits of English

English Literature

AS - 3 general credits of English

A-Level - 6 general credits of English

French Language

AS - 6 general credits of French

A-Level - FR 001, FR 002 and FR 003 (12 credits)

General Paper

No credit awarded

Geography

AS - 3 general credits of geography

A-Level - 6 general credits of geography

German Language

AS - GER 011 (6 credits)

A-Level - GER 001, GER 002, GER 003 (12 credits)

Government and Politics

AS -no credit awarded

A-Level - A-6 general credits of political science

Greek Language

AS -6 general credits of Greek

A-Level -12 general credits of Greek

History

AS - 3 general credits of history

A-Level - 6 general credits of history

Human Biology

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - -8 general credits of biology

Information and Communication Technology

AS - 3 general credits of management information systems

A-Level - 6 general credits of management information systems

Law

AS - No credit awarded

A-Level - No credit awarded

Management

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - 8 general credits of management

Mathematics

AS -4 general credits of mathematics

A-Level - MATH 140 and 4 general credits of mathematics (7 credits)

Mathematics, Applied

AS - 4 general credits of mathematics

A-Level - 8 general credits of mathematics

Mathematics C

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - 8 general credits of mathematics

Mathematics, Further

AS - 4 general credits of mathematics

A-Level - 8 general credits of mathematics

Mathematics, Pure

AS - 4 general credits of mathematics

A-Level - 8 general credits of mathematics

Mechanics

AS - 4 general credits of physics

A-Level -

Media Studies

AS - 6 general credits of communication

A-Level - 3 general credits of communication

Physics

AS - PHYS 211 (4 credits)

A-Level - PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213 and PHYS 214 (12 credits)

Physical Education

AS - 3 general credits of kinesiology

A-Level - 6 general credits of kinesiology

Psychology

AS - 3 general credits of psychology (3 credits)

A-Level - PYSCH 100 and 3 general credits of psychology (6 credits)

Sociology

AS - 3 general credits of sociology

A-Level - SOC 001 and 3 general credits of sociology (6 credits)

Spanish Language

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - SPAN 001, SPAN 002 and SPAN 003 (12 credits)

Statistics

AS - STAT 200 (4 credits)

A-Level - STAT 200 and 4 general credits of statistics (4 credits)

Turkish Language

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - 12 general credits of critical languages program

Urdu Language

AS - no credit awarded

A-Level - 12 general credits of critical languages program

More credit information:

This evaluation of the credits awarded for A-Level Examinations is subject to change and may be reviewed and revised periodically by faculty.

If credit is awarded, a student’s university record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded. Credit awarded will not affect a student’s grade-point average at Penn State.

Limitations on credit earned through the A-Level Examinations are as follows: 
(1) the credit must be useful in a student's program of study; 
(2) duplicate credit in the same subject is not awarded in any case.

Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for A-Level Examinations should arrange to have their official results certificates sent to us. To be considered official, results certificates must be either originals or copies certified by the examining board. A "certified" copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution’s seal, or signature/seal of the examining board.

General credits may be awarded for an A-Level Examination that covers material that is not the substantial equivalent of material covered in a specific university course. General credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements in any area; such use is not necessarily limited to General Education or elective requirements. General credits are applied to a student’s program of study in accordance with the procedures established by the college of enrollment. Information on the use of general credits or specific course credits earned by the A-Level Examinations in individual programs of study may be obtained from a student’s academic adviser or from the office of the dean of a student’s college.