Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) enables registered practitioners to enter a diploma or degree programme at different stages by recognising and accrediting academic and experiential learning already achieved elsewhere, either in course work at another institution or in practice.
Decisions about the level and amount of credit to be awarded for prior learning are made by the Accreditation Panel, based on the evidence that you are able to provide about the learning from your degree programme or other relevant experiences. The accreditation panel meets once per term to review recommendations of the accreditation assessors and award credit accordingly. It is important for practitioners who wish to receive credit for prior learning to discuss the potential for this before commencing a programme of study.
For practitioners who wish to enter Level 6 studies but do not meet the requirement of 120 Level 5 credits, it may be possible to utilise a professional portfolio to gain direct entry to Level 6 studies by Advanced Standing. Criteria for the portfolio are available on request, along with tutorial support for portfolio development.
Postgraduate students may transfer up to 120 credits towards a master programme.
How to apply for accreditation
Accreditation is a three-step process:
Step 1: Discussion with an Accreditation Consultant
Step 2: Completion of the Accreditation Claim Form
Step 3: Compiling and submitting an Accreditation Profile
Details on how to complete each step, and the accreditation claim form, can be found in the Accreditation Handbook.
Fees for making accreditation claims are as follows:
£160 per 15 credits
£640 for advanced standing accreditation (equivalent to 120 credits)
In many cases fees are paid by the applicant’s employer by arrangement with the College. However, if you wish to self-fund your accreditation claim, you can pay online.
Note that fees are non-returnable if the application for accreditation is not successful.
Accreditation panel meeting dates
Accreditation Panel: Tuesday 5th February 2013
Portfolio submission deadline: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Accreditation Panel: Tuesday 28th May 2013
Portfolio submission deadline: Tuesday 14th May 2013
Accreditation Panel: Tuesday 3rd September 2013
Portfolio submission deadline: Tuesday 20th August 2013
For more information about accreditation, or to book an appointment with an accreditation consultant, please email the accreditation administrator with your details.