What is recognition of prior learning?
If you’ve studied a syllabus as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to take a particular course or module of your University degree programme. Prior learning may be evaluated and accredited against particular learning outcomes of courses or modules within your degree programme. An academic subject specialist will consider your earlier learning, and will confirm the credit value if the learning is relevant to your programme of study. The process is referred to as accreditation of prior learning, frequently abbreviated to APL.
We are only able to consider formal learning undertaken and assessed within the previous five years and at an institution which we recognise. The outcome of accreditation of prior learning is that you are judged to have completed the study and assessment of a particular course/module of your degree programme, and this will be formally recorded. Your transcript will indicate the credit value for any course/module where prior learning has been accepted.
Automatic accreditation of prior learning
There are certain qualifications which we will recognise as prior learning automatically. When we do this it means that we have assessed the courses that make up these qualifications and consider them to be suitable for accreditation in the context of a particular award.
To be considered for automatic accreditation you must make a formal application and provide the necessary evidence when you apply for your programme. There is no fee payable for this. We will only be able to consider your application for automatic accreditation of prior learning once we have received the necessary documentary evidence.
Discretionary accreditation of prior learning
You may also apply for other short-term courses you have studied to be recognised as prior learning on an individual – i.e. discretionary – basis. You need to include this during your application.