How to apply for accreditation of prior learning

You must make a formal application for all accreditation of prior learning (APL). You can do this by completing the APL section of the application form when you apply for admission.

If you are a currently registered student or you are unable to complete this section for some other reason then you should contact us as soon as possible.

It is best to apply for APL as early as possible and you can do so prior to registering or whilst you are registered, provided you have not made an examination entry for the course(s) from which you want to be granted APL.

All APL requests must be received by 1 October.

Applications received after the deadline date will be kept on file and will be processed when the new admissions year opens in February.

Students who have failed an examination may not, at a later stage, apply for APL from that course.

On receipt of your initial APL application, the Admissions Office will send you one of the following:

  • a decision letter advising you that certain automatic APL have been awarded or
  • a letter requesting further documentary evidence before a decision regarding automatic APL can be taken or
  • a letter informing you that your APL request has been unsuccessful. This will usually be because you do not satisfy the criteria given in the section ‘APL eligibility' or
  • if you are applying for discretionary APL, we will then send you an APL Request Pack. Please complete and return the Request Form and fee following the instructions. You must also submit any additional documentary evidence requested no later than 15 October.

Once we have received this we will then take a decision on your application for discretionary APL as soon as possible. Requests for discretionary APL have to be referred for academic consideration and, therefore, it may take several weeks for a decision to be made at busy times of the year. Please note that it is not possible for us to refund the APL application fee, even if we are unable to award you any APL.