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About APL

Accreditation of Prior Learning allows students who are enrolling on award bearing taught programmes of study at the University to claim “credit” for previous learning. The previous learning must be relevant to the programme for which they are applying, and if their application is successful, the credit will count towards their chosen programme of study.

 Accreditation of Prior Learning is the generic term used for the award of credits on the basis of demonstrated learning which has taken place in the past. As set out in relevant national guidance, there are two main categories within the accreditation of prior learning:-

  •  ‘AP(C)L –  the Accreditation of Prior (Certified) Learning is a term which refers specifically to the recognition of certified learning through the assignment of credit. This is learning which has been formally assessed by a recognised institution and for which an academic transcript or equivalent formal documentation is available.
  •  ‘AP(E)L – the Accreditation (Recognition) of Prior Experiential Learning’ – the formal recognition of prior learning gained through other experience, including paid or unpaid work, self-directed study, study for which no credit has been awarded or through leisure pursuits.

Liverpool Hope will consider applications for AP(C)L. The University does not grant exemption of credit for prior experiential learning (AP(E)L) although individual programmes may consider an applicant's prior experience within the formal admissions process. This is set out on a programme by programme basis within the admissions criteria. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THE CREDITS YOU ARE SEEKING TO GAIN RECOGNITION FOR WERE AWARDED BY LIVERPOOL HOPE PLEASE USE THE ADS APPLICATION FORM, NOT THE FULL APL APPLICATION FORM.

Please Note:

Degree classification

In calculating the final degree result or entitlement to postgraduate awards with merit or distinction, normally only the grades received on courses you actually studied at Liverpool Hope would contribute to the algorithm.  If you studied fewer courses at Hope than the number required for our standard algorithms, a modified algorithm will be approved by the Registrar at the time of consideration of the request and you will be notified of this in your decision letter.  

Transcripts

Your final transcript will indicate those credit elements of your programme of study which were not studied at Liverpool Hope University.

Policy

Guidance on the University's approach to the Accreditation of Prior Learning can be found in the Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy v2.1

This also includes details regarding Admission with Advanced Standing and Exemptions from Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes

APL ADS Policy (April 2016)

How to Apply

Step 1: If you wish to be considered for APL you should in the first instance discuss the matter with the Admissions Office, who will give you advice regarding the University’s APL procedures and ensure you are directed towards the relevant Subject Assessor. They will also ensure that you have the appropriate application form. 

Step 2:   The Subject Assessor is the member of academic staff within a Faculty responsible for admissions into the programme/pathway concerned. S/he may request additional information, e.g. details of an original course syllabus and/or the assessment methods. In the case of applications for Advanced Standing the Subject Assessor will access your records from the University’s student information database (SITS).  

Step 3: The Subject Assessor will verify that your application is in line with the University’s APL policy and that the evidence of prior learning is complete. If the application is not in accordance with the principles, or if evidence is missing, the Subject Assessor will inform you of the discrepancy in writing.

Step 4:  The Subject Assessor carries out the following actions to determine whether you are eligible for APL towards a Liverpool Hope University award, documenting each action on the relevant pro-forma. S/he will:

  • Decide whether further evidence in a format to be specified is required in addition to your initial submission and inform you of the nature of any such evidence;
  • Assess the evidence against the requirements and learning outcomes of the appropriate programme.  S/he will consult with other members of academic staff as appropriate. Consideration will be given to:
  • subject content and knowledge
  • volume of learning
  • level of learning
  • evidence of achievement
  • restrictions imposed by Professional or Statutory Bodies, if applicable.
  • Evaluate the time that has elapsed since you undertook this learning and assess the currency of your knowledge in relation to the requirements of the programme.
  • If necessary, invite you to an interview, and make the necessary arrangements. 

Step 4: Advanced Standing: The Subject Assessor will access your previous records and assess whether you are eligible for advanced standing, documenting action on the decision pro-forma. S/he will:

  • assess the validity of the prior learning in relation to the requirements and learning outcomes of the relevant programme. Consideration will be given to: subject content and knowledge; volume of learning; level of learning; evidence of achievement and restrictions imposed by Professional or Statutory Bodies, if applicable.
  • evaluate the time that has elapsed since you undertook the learning and assess the currency of a students knowledge in relation to the requirements of the programme for which APL is being requested.
  • confirm that the programme/pathway will be available at the appropriate levels to enable you, if successful, to complete the award within your maximum period of registration (as applicable). This is normally six years for full-time students and ten years for part-time. 

Step 5: For all APL applications the Subject Assessor will recommend to the relevant Dean either:

  • that you should be granted a specific amount of credit (e.g. exemption from individual parts of a programme or exemption from a level of study) towards the relevant award ; or
  • that the application for APL should be refused, for specified reasons. 

Step 6: Following the Dean’s decision (or special cases panel, where applicable) the Admissions Team will inform you of the decision formally in writing.

 

When to Apply

Requests for APL must normally be made before you begin study on the programme into which you are seeking to transfer prior learning.  Requests must be submitted via the APL/ADS application form, stating the University programme in respect of which you seek APL. For APL a requests you must submit documentary evidence of the learning, in the form of transcripts and certificates together with additional information (such as Course handbooks) to support the review of your previous programmes of study.

Forms

APL Application Form (APL1)  - please note that you should use this form if you are applying for APL using credit awarded by another institution. 

ADS (Advanced Standing) - please use this form if your previous credits have been awarded by Liverpool Hope University

 

APL ADS Approval Form (Staff Use Only)

 

About APL

Accreditation of Prior Learning allows students who are enrolling on award bearing taught programmes of study at the University to claim “credit” for previous learning. The previous learning must be relevant to the programme for which they are applying, and if their application is successful, the credit will count towards their chosen programme of study.

 Accreditation of Prior Learning is the generic term used for the award of credits on the basis of demonstrated learning which has taken place in the past. As set out in relevant national guidance, there are two main categories within the accreditation of prior learning:-

  •  ‘AP(C)L –  the Accreditation of Prior (Certified) Learning is a term which refers specifically to the recognition of certified learning through the assignment of credit. This is learning which has been formally assessed by a recognised institution and for which an academic transcript or equivalent formal documentation is available.
  •  ‘AP(E)L – the Accreditation (Recognition) of Prior Experiential Learning’ – the formal recognition of prior learning gained through other experience, including paid or unpaid work, self-directed study, study for which no credit has been awarded or through leisure pursuits.

Liverpool Hope will consider applications for AP(C)L. The University does not grant exemption of credit for prior experiential learning (AP(E)L) although individual programmes may consider an applicant's prior experience within the formal admissions process. This is set out on a programme by programme basis within the admissions criteria. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THE CREDITS YOU ARE SEEKING TO GAIN RECOGNITION FOR WERE AWARDED BY LIVERPOOL HOPE PLEASE USE THE ADS APPLICATION FORM, NOT THE FULL APL APPLICATION FORM.

Please Note:

Degree classification

In calculating the final degree result or entitlement to postgraduate awards with merit or distinction, normally only the grades received on courses you actually studied at Liverpool Hope would contribute to the algorithm.  If you studied fewer courses at Hope than the number required for our standard algorithms, a modified algorithm will be approved by the Registrar at the time of consideration of the request and you will be notified of this in your decision letter.  

Transcripts

Your final transcript will indicate those credit elements of your programme of study which were not studied at Liverpool Hope University.

Policy

Guidance on the University's approach to the Accreditation of Prior Learning can be found in the Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy v2.1

This also includes details regarding Admission with Advanced Standing and Exemptions from Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes

APL ADS Policy (April 2016)

How to Apply

Step 1: If you wish to be considered for APL you should in the first instance discuss the matter with the Admissions Office, who will give you advice regarding the University’s APL procedures and ensure you are directed towards the relevant Subject Assessor. They will also ensure that you have the appropriate application form. 

Step 2:   The Subject Assessor is the member of academic staff within a Faculty responsible for admissions into the programme/pathway concerned. S/he may request additional information, e.g. details of an original course syllabus and/or the assessment methods. In the case of applications for Advanced Standing the Subject Assessor will access your records from the University’s student information database (SITS).  

Step 3: The Subject Assessor will verify that your application is in line with the University’s APL policy and that the evidence of prior learning is complete. If the application is not in accordance with the principles, or if evidence is missing, the Subject Assessor will inform you of the discrepancy in writing.

Step 4:  The Subject Assessor carries out the following actions to determine whether you are eligible for APL towards a Liverpool Hope University award, documenting each action on the relevant pro-forma. S/he will:

  • Decide whether further evidence in a format to be specified is required in addition to your initial submission and inform you of the nature of any such evidence;
  • Assess the evidence against the requirements and learning outcomes of the appropriate programme.  S/he will consult with other members of academic staff as appropriate. Consideration will be given to:
  • subject content and knowledge
  • volume of learning
  • level of learning
  • evidence of achievement
  • restrictions imposed by Professional or Statutory Bodies, if applicable.
  • Evaluate the time that has elapsed since you undertook this learning and assess the currency of your knowledge in relation to the requirements of the programme.
  • If necessary, invite you to an interview, and make the necessary arrangements. 

Step 4: Advanced Standing: The Subject Assessor will access your previous records and assess whether you are eligible for advanced standing, documenting action on the decision pro-forma. S/he will:

  • assess the validity of the prior learning in relation to the requirements and learning outcomes of the relevant programme. Consideration will be given to: subject content and knowledge; volume of learning; level of learning; evidence of achievement and restrictions imposed by Professional or Statutory Bodies, if applicable.
  • evaluate the time that has elapsed since you undertook the learning and assess the currency of a students knowledge in relation to the requirements of the programme for which APL is being requested.
  • confirm that the programme/pathway will be available at the appropriate levels to enable you, if successful, to complete the award within your maximum period of registration (as applicable). This is normally six years for full-time students and ten years for part-time. 

Step 5: For all APL applications the Subject Assessor will recommend to the relevant Dean either:

  • that you should be granted a specific amount of credit (e.g. exemption from individual parts of a programme or exemption from a level of study) towards the relevant award ; or
  • that the application for APL should be refused, for specified reasons. 

Step 6: Following the Dean’s decision (or special cases panel, where applicable) the Admissions Team will inform you of the decision formally in writing.

 

When to Apply

Requests for APL must normally be made before you begin study on the programme into which you are seeking to transfer prior learning.  Requests must be submitted via the APL/ADS application form, stating the University programme in respect of which you seek APL. For APL a requests you must submit documentary evidence of the learning, in the form of transcripts and certificates together with additional information (such as Course handbooks) to support the review of your previous programmes of study.

Forms

APL Application Form (APL1)  - please note that you should use this form if you are applying for APL using credit awarded by another institution. 

ADS (Advanced Standing) - please use this form if your previous credits have been awarded by Liverpool Hope University

 

APL ADS Approval Form (Staff Use Only)