Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process which allows you to gain academic credits from prior learning or experience outside of education. With APL, we can assess and formally recognise learning which has taken place in the past. It may have been:
Prior certificated learning (APCL) – Learning completed at another educational institution where qualifications and academic credits were achieved.
Prior experiential learning (APEL) – Achieved from experiences outside the formal education and training systems (e.g. work/ life experience), or via non-credit bearing courses (e.g. in-house training).
There are many reasons why you may need an Accreditation of Prior Learning some of the reasons are listed below:
You need to apply for any prior learning to be recognised and accredited. You will fill out a form on our website where you will need to complete a 500 – 750 word statement and you will have the opportunity to submit supporting evidence.
You will have 14 days to complete your accreditation of prior learning form from the date of our first email to you about the process.
An Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning Application assesses the knowledge you have gained prior to starting on the course, how this has been applied, as well as the skills you have acquired and how they have been used. You could consider some the following areas to cover in your reflective statement:
Please note: All examples will need to be relevant to the subject and level of your course application.
This will be assessed by a member of the team and you will be contacted as to whether or not the application was successful.