For Cambridge Technicals, it is possible to make top-up and move-down entries.
For the 2016 suite, topping up or moving down does not reset the permitted attempts at an examined unit. If both attempts at an examined unit have been used, a new qualification entry (re-entry) is required (see the entry rules).
If a student wishes to achieve the next size qualification up after the claim for their original qualification has been made, a top-up entry can be made.
Once the top-up entry has been made, additional units should be claimed to achieve the higher qualification.
We will issue an invoice for the difference in the cost of the qualification originally entered for, and the next size qualification up, plus an administration fee per student. Please see the fees list for details.
Where a candidate is entered for a qualification and has claimed some units towards it, but is unable to complete all the units required for that qualification, the candidate can move down to the next size qualification, provided they have achieved the right combination of units.
For example, if a candidate is entered for a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT but has only completed enough units to gain a Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT, they may move down to a Certificate.
If you choose to move down, you cannot claim any further units against the original entry at a later date. If an entry and unit claim has already been made for a candidate for a higher qualification and they wish to move down to the next size qualification, an entry (using a move down code) should be made for the lower qualification.
A new entry can only be made once the previous claim has been processed and confirmed.
If enough units have been achieved for the lower qualification, a full award will be issued. If there are not enough units to award the full qualification, further units must be completed and claimed.
There will be no credit for the original entry and no charge for the new move down entry (see the fees list).
To top up or move down, you simply need to make a new entry via Interchange or A2C using the relevant top up or move down entry code.
Please see the entry codes booklet for the relevant entry codes.
If the qualification you need to top up to is not the next size up, you need to top up to the qualifications 'in between' first.
For example, a student entered for the Foundation Diploma is now aiming for the Extended Diploma. You need to make a top up entry for the Diploma and then top up from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.
The same principle applies when moving down.
If you make the entries via Interchange, you need to wait for each top up or move down entry to be processed. If you make your entries via A2C, you can include all the entries in the same EDI file.