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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Have you already completed some Higher Education (HE) study and now want to transfer that to the University of Cumbria?

Do you want to avoid having to repeat learning already undertaken?

Do you want to save time by completing your course more quickly?

Do you have a range of skills and knowledge from professional, vocational or personal experiences and you want these to count towards a HE award?

If so, then our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) team can help.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is how we assess and formally recognise learning which has taken place in the past. It may have been:

  • Completed at another educational institution where qualifications and academic credits were achieved – referred to as prior certificated learning [APCL]
  • 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) – referred to as prior experiential learning [APEL]

The APL process allows you to present prior learning in order to claim credit and therefore exemption from part of a course of study. The prior learning must be relevant to your course of study at the University of Cumbria and at the same academic level. If you are unsure about this, contact our APL Officers for advice.

Who to Contact

APL Officers
University of Cumbria
Bowerham Road
Lancaster. LA1 3JD

Email: apl@cumbria.ac.uk
Telephone: 01524 590856