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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.


For more information on the A2C project click the image below








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 JCQ website provides an overview of the A2C programme as well as detailed information for 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 It relies heavily on outdated technology and processes that have become inefficient and difficult to use.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.



Key Dates 
  • September 2014 - Start of pilots
  • December 2020 - EDI cut-off



September 2015 – February 2016

Small pilot of A2C with Capita SIMS, involving CCEA, WJEC and OCR in Northern Ireland and Wales.

September 2016

Pearson will start pilots  and rollout before, or with, other Awarding Organisations

September 2017

CCEA is ready to rollout and will start deployment as soon as SIMS is ready 

C&G currently planning for pilots from September 2017

September 2018

AQA, OCR and WJEC will start A2C live pilots 

December 2020

The last date for entries in EDI format will be 31st of December 2020. This means that after this date, it will no longer be possible to submit orders in EDI format. All centres and MIS suppliers will need to have transferred to A2C by this time. Your MIS supplier is aware of this and will work with you to provide transition plans and training.

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


Further information


Click on the image below for further details on the following:

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