The A2C Project will modernise the current system of data sharing between awarding bodies and examination centres, reducing bureaucracy for schools and colleges.


The project is being delivered to improve the process known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The transfer of data between awarding bodies and centres will be streamlined, bringing the system into the 21st century.

The new way of working will mean centres’ MIS systems will be able to handle more administrative processes and will cover general, on-demand and vocational qualifications.


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A2C update - January 2017 presentation (The Exams Office Conference)

A2C UPDATE - August 2016 (DOWNLOAD)





The A2C programme is bringing significant improvements to the way data is shared between awarding organisations and centres. The standards being rolled out as part of this programme are based on the ISB data standards model commissioned by Department of Education and it is our expectation this model will be adopted by other key educational bodies so that we achieve joined up ways of working and aligned data structures in the future.

The A2C programme is being delivered by JCQCIC, its awarding organisations and MIS Suppliers in collaboration and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.




The EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) process is no longer fit for purpose. EDI, which has been in use for over twenty years to allow JCQ Awarding Organisations to exchange information with centres who wish to place orders and receive outcomes for general and vocational qualifications, is unable to support the broad range of qualifications that are currently on offer. It relies heavily on outdated technology and processes that have become inefficient and difficult to use.


The A2C programme has been set up to provide an effective solution to this issue; the objective is to provide new standards for data exchange, align data structures with the ISB data standards model which has been commissioned by Department of Education, and to ensure quality, consistency and ease of use for awarding organisations and centres.


The A2C programme has the following vision statement:

In line with the ISB data standards model, JCQ is working collaboratively with awarding organisations and suppliers of management information systems to agree and embed a common set of best practice standards, including new data structures, business processes and messaging that will transform the way in which our customers are able to select and utilise general and vocational qualification products and services, allowing them to make informed choices on a cost effective and fit for purpose basis.





General Qualifications

  • Pearson and CCEA are planning a GQ pilot with Capita SIMS starting September 2018.
  • WJEC, OCR and AQA will continue to use JCQ EDI format for General Qualifications.


Vocational Qualifications

  • May-December 2017 - Testing
  • January-August 2018 - User testing
  • September 2018 - Pearson, OCR, NCFE pilot
  • 2018 - SQA pilot
  • 2018/19 academic year - City &Guilds pilot
  • 2019 and 2020 – Vocational Qualification rollout


For more information on what the EDI cut off date and switchover to A2C will mean for your centre, please click here.


Further information


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  • Benefits
  • How?
  • Who is involved?
  • Who is moving when?
  • Switchover
  • A2C specification download
  • Contact us
  • Homegrown FAQs
  • Centre FAQs
  • Correspondence
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