What effects does it have?
- ID documents
Alters records of academic qualifications
What is it?
Updating evidence of academic qualitifications, such as a certificate or transcript, to change the listed name, gender, or title.
The process of amending details will vary depending on the type of qualification and who it was awarded by.
Qualifications from schools and colleges are normally awarded by organisations called “examination boards”. Some higher level qualifications are also awarded by exam boards. Degrees are normally awarded by a specific university.
You will need to contact the correct exam board for the qualification to ask them to update your details. You can look at your exam certificates or transcripts to find out which one you need to contact.
Each organsiation has a different instructions, which they have published online:
- AQA: Amendments to original certificates
- CCEA: Change of name on certificates
- City and Guilds: use this website
- Edexcel: is now owned by Pearson, see the link for Pearson below
- Eduqas: Replacement exam certificates (look under the “Amendments to Certificates” tab)
- OCR: Gender reassignment
- Pearson: Certificated services: amendment to original
- SQA: Updating personal information — guidance for transgender learners
- WJEC/CBAC: Need a replacement certificate? (look under the “Amendments to Certificates” tab)
In the past, other examination boards existed. If you need a replacement certificates for a qualification awarded by one of those boards, there are instructions about who to contact on the GOV.UK website.
For a degree you have previously been awarded by a university, you may wish to contact that university’s Alumni Office.
Many universities have published information on their websites describing how they help students or staff who are undertaking changes linked to gender, and many of these policies are listed on our Universities page.
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Page last updated: August 2020