Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
The benefit of entering a course part-way through on the basis of the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is that it shortens the length of your degree study, saving you money and time. It also provides a formal recognition of the extensive learning you have gained through your working life as equivalent to degree level study. For many people this increases confidence in returning to study and can provide a focus for career development and planning. The outcome of the APL process is a short portfolio documenting some of the skills and knowledge you have acquired through your prior work experience. You will also be invited to an interview to discuss details of your working activities and roles. We will support you in this process of translating your workbased learning into academic credits through a guided process of looking at key ideas and concepts that straddle work and study. This process will inform your portfolio and provide you with a bridge into the degree study, preparing you for the type of writing and learning you will encounter on your course. The whole APL process is delivered by tutors who value your experience of work and are keen to share with you and learn about your context and your activities at work. Most APL short courses are three or four one-day workshops across a three to four month period with tutorial and feedback opportunities. An additional key benefit of this process is that you will be in groups with like-minded students who will continue with you onto your degree studies. The feedback we receive on this process is hugely positive as have been the APL students final degree outcomes.
To apply please see the routes below: