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How to convert CATS to U.S. credits

by Rita 26. January 2011 15:39

CATS, Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme, is a university system for awarding course credit in the United Kingdom. It can be easily converted to both U.S. credits and ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

4 CATS credits are equivalent to 2 ECTS credits or 1 U.S. credit, so CATS credits must be divided by 4 to convert to the U.S. system.

1 CATS credit is also equal to 1 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credit.

Some universities in the U.K. use a different system. For example, Open University, a popular distance learning school, uses CATS for undergraduate courses and Open University credits for Master's programs. In that case, 60 Open University credits = 40 CATS = 10 U.S. credits. This translates to 2.5 U.S. credits per course, which is close to a typical 3.0 credit U.S. university course.

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