This chart lists the credit and course equivalency awarded for British Advanced Level exams taken prior to matriculation at Grinnell College.
- First-year, first-time freshmen are limited to a maximum of 24 pre- and post-matriculation credits (AP, IB, A-level, CAPE, college credits).
- All AP/IB/A-level/CAPE credits awarded are counted as Divisional credit and are not subject to the 48 credit departmental limit.
- AP/IB/A-level/CAPE credits awarded count toward the 124 credits required for the degree.
- Where an equivalent course is listed below, the A-level credits can be used to meet the prerequisite for another course.
- A-level credits count toward the 32 or 34 credits required for a major only if the Notes column indicates “For major credit.”
- A-level scores and corresponding credit will be cancelled upon successful completion (“D” grade or better) of any equivalent Grinnell course as listed below.
- Credit is awarded only from an official A-level certificate. We do not award credit for the Advanced Subsidiary Level exam.
|Exam Name||Minimum Score||Equivalent Course Credits Awarded||Notes|
|Arabic||A-Level - B||4 as ARB-102||Not for major credit.|
|Art and Design||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division (see note)||Not for major credit. The art department must review the portfolios of all students taking the exam. Credits are awarded only upon approval from the art department.|
|Biology||A-Level - B||4 in Science Division||Not for major credit|
|Chemistry||A-Level - B||4 as CHM-129||For major credit.|
|Chinese||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division||Not for major credit.|
|Computer Science||A-Level - B||4 in Science Division||For major credit. Does not satisfy any prerequisite. Credit for Computer Science exam will be cancelled if student receives credit for CSC-151 and/or CSC-161.|
|Economics||A-Level - B||4 as ECN-111||Not for major credit.|
|English - Literature||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division||Not for major credit.|
|Environmental Studies||A-Level - B||4 in Interdivisional||Not for major or concentration credit.|
|French||A-Level - B||4 as FRN-101||Not for major credit.|
|German||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division||Not for major credit.|
|Greek||A-Level - B||4 as GRE-101||Not for major credit.|
|Hindi||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division||Not for major credit.|
|History||A-Level - B||4 in Social Studies Division||Not for major credit.|
|Latin||A-Level - B||4 as LAT-103||Not for major credit.|
|Mathematics||A-Level - B||4 as MAT-124 or 131||Not for major credit.|
|Further Mathematics||A-Level - B||4 in Science Division||Not for major credit.|
|Media Studies||A-Level - B||4 in Interdisciplinary Division||Not for major or concentration credit.|
|Physics||A-Level - B||4 in Science Division||Not for major credit. Does not satisfy any prerequisite. Credit for Physics A-Level exam will be cancelled if student receives credit for AP Physics C-Mechanics, AP Physics I, IB Physics, CAPE Physics I, or PHY-131.|
|Sociology||A-Level - B||4 as SOC-111||For major credit.|
|Spanish||A-Level - B||4 in Humanities Division||Not for major credit.|
Revised July 2023 — Departmental policies regarding acceptance of credit are subject to change.