Accreditation of Prior Learning
If you have relevant work experience or qualifications, you may be able to get exemptions from part of your chosen course.
We can assess your past experience and / or qualifications and where possible allow them to count against a new course you are planning to study.
If you have:
- relevant work or voluntary experience
- passed a credit-rated module at a college or university
- have a professional qualification
- participated in other courses or training
you can apply to gain academic credit for this and be exempted from parts of the course or start it at a higher level.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
- reduces the time of study
- gets your experience valued
- avoids repetition of learning
- makes financial savings
- gets your learning credit rated
- puts your academic credits towards qualifications.
If you have studied before or hold a professional qualification, you may be able to get exemption from certain modules of the course you wish to study.
You may even start at a later stage of the course. This might reduce the duration of the course.
The process is called APL - Accreditation of Prior Learning.
Your course leader will be able to advise you, but you need to get this advice as soon as possible before the course starts.
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
If you have work experience in the field of your prospective studies, you may be able to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning requirements for some of the modules of the course.
You will need to enrol on the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) module to be able to put together a portfolio of evidence to show that you have learned from your experience, and that this matches the learning normally achieved by studying a course module.
Your course leader will be able to discuss this possibility with you, and you need to start this process well in advance.
You can combine credit for learning (APL) and credit for learning from experience (APEL) to be able to start your course at a higher level.
For further information contact APL@uwl.ac.uk