APL - Computing

What is an exemption or accreditation of prior learning (APL)?

An APL, formerly known as an exemption, means that you are not required to take a particular course or courses as part of your degree or diploma because, in the University’s opinion, you have already covered a similar syllabus, as part of a previous qualification, at the same level, depth and breadth. (Other institutions sometimes use the term 'credit transfer', but we use 'APLs'.)

Some APLs we award are 'automatic'. An automatic APL means that if you have a specific qualification, we may be able to award the APL to you. Any APLs that are not automatic are called discretionary APL and are considered on a case by case basis. If you would like to be considered for APL you should indicate this on the application form. If you have already submitted your application but would like to be considered for APL, please contact us.

APLs count towards the total number of courses you have to take to complete the degree. For example, if you have APL for one course, you will have to take only 11 more courses to complete the degree (as opposed to the normal 12 courses); if you have APL for two courses, you will have to take only 10 more courses, and so on.

For the BSc degree, we will consider giving you APLs for a maximum of four full courses at Levels 4 and 5, provided you satisfy the criteria, see Eligibility for more information. It is not possible to get APLs for more than four full courses, or for any courses at Level 6. At most, you may have APL for two courses at Level 5. No APL is allowed for the Certificate of Higher Education.

For full information about APLs, please refer to the regulations.