Eligibility - Computing

Work experience Entry Route

No Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is allowed.

Certificate of Higher Education applicants

No Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is allowed.

BSc applicants (see also ‘All applicants’)

If you are applying for the degree you can be considered for APL provided you satisfy all of the following criteria:

1. You are eligible to be registered for the degree.
2. You are suitably qualified.

  • You must have passed examinations that compare in level, content and standard to the examinations for one or more (to a maximum of four) Level 4 and/or Level 5 courses for which you want to be given APL, with a maximum of two courses at Level 5.
  • APL's are normally only considered on a subject-for-subject basis. For example, you should only apply for APL for the course Mathematics for computing if, in your opinion, you have previously studied a similar subject in the same depth, at degree level (or the equivalent), and you have achieved good marks in the corresponding examination.
  • We do not give APL on the basis of ‘O’ or ‘A’ levels, or other similar school-leaving examinations.
  • To apply for an automatic APL, you must satisfy all the criteria for one of the qualifications listed under Automatic APL [pdf: 4pgs, 113KB]

3. You must normally have studied for your qualification at one institution.

You must also:

  • Have passed the whole of the qualification(s) on which your application for APL is based within the five years preceding the application.
  • Have already received the final award for that qualification(s). If you have not yet received the award, your APL application will be considered under the APL regulations that apply at the time that the award is finally made. These regulations may be different to those that apply at the time you submitted your application.

Applications for APL for examinations in the following year will only be considered if your qualification is awarded before the application deadline in the year before (i.e. 1 October).


  • We cannot consider you for APL for a particular course if you have already entered the examination for that course.
  • The granting of APL by other higher educational or professional institutions will be noted but does not bind the University of London to award the same APL(s).