Accreditation of Prior Learning

If your course is related to your previous study or experience (paid or voluntary), you may be able to seek exemption from relevant modules by making an APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) claim.

There are two types of APLs:

  • Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL): The Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is the accreditation of previously acquired certificated learning, eg Open University modules or in-company training.
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL): The Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) recognises knowledge or skills acquired through life, work experience and study that have not been formally attested through academic or professional certification. This could include computer programming, editing or organisational skills.

How to submit an APL claim

To submit an APL claim, simply follow the APL procedure.

How we assess your APL claim

We will assess your APL claim at the time of admission. The process is rigorous, but guidance will be available from the admissions tutor or course leader.

When presenting your claim, you may have to demonstrate your prior learning through one of the following:

  • portfolio
  • viva
  • artefact
  • performance
  • assessment

Credit will only be awarded for learning which is current and which relates to the aims and content of the course for which you are applying.

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