Accreditation of Prior Learning
What are AP(C)L and AP(E)L?
Accreditation of Prior (Certificated) Learning
AP(C)L gives recognition to learning which has been formally assessed and for which a certificate has been awarded.
If you have achieved certificated learning with another higher education institution, you may be able to accredit this into one of our degree courses or masters programmes. You’ll need to provide a copy of your relevant certificate and/or transcript, and any information on the learning outcomes and/or assessment criteria.
We’ll compare what has already been learned with what would be studied on the course or programme for which you are claiming credit. This will show whether the learning on each course or programme is identical or sufficiently similar to enable you to claim that you have already achieved the learning outcomes. If it is, we’ll award you the relevant modules and credits. If it is not identical or sufficiently similar, we’ll award you general credits.
Accreditation of Prior and (Experiential) Learning
AP(E)L gives recognition for knowledge and skills that have been gained from experience – rather than from a certificated programme of study or training – and refers to prior learning which has not been assessed. Such learning may have been gained in a number of different ways:
- experiential learning acquired in paid work
- experiential learning acquired in unpaid or voluntary work
- experiential learning acquired from leisure activities
- un-certificated learning from self-directed study
AP(E)L is more difficult to assess, and requires consideration of what has been learned and comparing this with what would be studied on the course for which you are claiming credit. Without certificates, a portfolio of evidence is usually required to look at and assess both the content of the learning and the level.
The APL process
The process of making an APL claim is formal. Your APL claim will be scrutinised by the appropriate academic and external examiner and submitted to a Subject Assessment Panel and Award Board. This will result in your receipt of a transcript of learning, which clearly identifies the modules and credits awarded.
Making an APL claim may take time and be as demanding as completing the module of study for which credit is being claimed.
The evidence that you submit with your APL claim should be:
- current – within five years
- at the right level
- verified by one referee
APL evidence can include:
- any certificated learning achieved with another higher education institution
- comprehensive CV encompassing personal life experiences relevant to learning outcomes
- courses/modules completed including open learning. Curriculum details, outcome and assessments are required
- conferences attended or papers given
- study days attended
- journal articles/case studies published
- projects completed or work group records
- participation in journal clubs, quality circles, induction programmes
- practice experience innovations, research activity
- reflective writing, critical incidents
- teaching, health promotion materials developed
- testimonial from clinical supervisors or any other relevant professionals
- audio visual presentations
Case study – Accreditation of Prior (Certificated) Learning
Case study – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning
- a clinical log documenting her experiences and learning in practice
- a case study of a specific diabetes related consultation, demonstrating her understanding of the different types of diabetes, screening and diagnosis practices, and treatment options and lifestyle changes for patients
- observations of her practice by a registered practitioner
- a critical review and analysis of the quality of service provide for people with diabetes within her workplace
- a reflective summary of how developing her portfolio had enabled her to consolidate her knowledge on diabetes.
Case study – Voucher scheme
Voucher Scheme Frequently Asked Questions
- health and safety
- service improvement
- equality and diversity (includes disability)
- personal and professional development.
Degree and masters claims
APL is possible against Faculty of Health degrees and masters as follows:
|Level||Maximum number of credits that can be APL||Total number of credits required for the award|
|Level 6 BSc||40||80|
|Level 6 BSc (Hons)||60||120|
|Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate||30||60|
|Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma||80 (60)||120|
|Level 7 MSc||120 (90)||180|
If you are successfully APL out of a module, you'll not need to attend the module or submit any assignments.
Professional Development Unit,
Level 4 Rolle Building,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus, Plymouth,
PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
8.30–17.00 (Friday 16.30)
You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
8.30–17.00 (Friday 16.30)