- I already have the A2C Migration Application. Am I A2C compliant?
- Do I still need a VAN contract?
- We have a homegrown MIS. How do we join the Implementation Forum?
- Do we need to switch to A2C for all Awarding Organisations at the same time?
- We export EDI files for analysis. Will we still be able to do this?
- We use Awarding Organisations' extranet services. Will these still be available?
- We don't use an MIS for exam entries. Will A2C affect me?
- Why isn't Edexcel mentioned?
- What are the implications of GDPR for A2C?
I already have the A2C Migration Application. Am I A2C compliant?
The Migration Application transmits EDI files over the new A2C transport. The A2C implementation will involve an upgrade to your MIS. Once you have an A2C compatible MIS the Migration Applicaton will no longer be used and can be decommissioned. For more details on the A2C phases, please see How?
Do I still need a VAN contract?
The Migration Application replaced the VANs for JCQ Awarding Organisations. If you were using the VAN contract only for JCQ AOs you can cancel your contract.
We have a homegrown MIS. How do we join the Implementation Forum?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the implementation forum and for an invite to the online user group meetings. You will need a Microsoft registered email address.
There is a separate FAQ for homegrown centres.
Do we need to switch to A2C for all Awarding Organisations at the same time?
You will be able to switch to A2C one Awarding Organisation at a time. However, it is recommended that you switch at the same time to reduce the administrative burden of managing both EDI and A2C orders. Your MIS supplier will provide guidance on the switchover. More detail on the switchover can be found here.
We export EDI files for analysis. Will we still be able to do this?
You will need to make sure that your MIS supplier is aware of your requirements and provides a suitable export of the data you need.
We use Awarding Organisations' extranet services. Will these still be available?
Yes, all JCQ secure AO extranet services will remain available throughout the A2C transition period and beyond. AO extranet sites will be updated to reflect the new standards and processes currently being developed.
We don't use an MIS for exam entries. Will A2C affect me?
You will be able to continue using AO extranet services.
Why isn't Edexcel mentioned?
Edexcel is not an Awarding Organisation, but a brand name used by Pearson. Please see Pearson for information about Edexcel.
What are the implications of GDPR for A2C?
JCQ and the awarding organisations are taking steps to ensure they will be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force in May 2018.
A2C is a standard designed to facilitate data exchange between centres and awarding organisations. It will start being used in January 2019. A2C does not itself store any data and therefore does not require a privacy notice. A2C messages are encrypted and meets the requirements of the ICO for data in transit.
See https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/ for ICO guidance on GDPR.
The A2C Migration Application (which is currently used by centres to transmit EDI files) retains copies of files sent and received. The location of these files is defined in the Settings tab; the default is on the same computer as the application. Centres should consider these files for GDPR compliance.