2 Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning
See the Glossary for a definition of 'credit' and 'accreditation of prior learning'.
The University reserves the right to review the accreditation of prior learning policy in respect of the Access programme each year. These regulations, therefore, relate only to applications for the Access programme received within the period 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012.
No credit transfer or accreditation of prior learning will be granted unless specific application has been made in accordance with the instructions given on the University of London International Programmes website. Applicants are required to pay the credit transfer or accreditation of prior learning fee as appropriate.
See www.londoninternational.ac.uk for procedures and deadlines for applying for accreditation of prior learning.
All applications are considered on an individual basis and credits and any accreditation of prior learning awarded are at the discretion of the University.
A student who satisfies the entrance requirements for the Access programme and who is appropriately qualified may be considered for credit transfer in respect of specified subjects. An application cannot, however, be considered after a student has made entry to the examination for the course(s) concerned.
Where credit is given, the mark obtained for the subject previously studied may be carried forward to the student's record and will contribute towards their award, in accordance with the scheme for award.
The University will produce a final transcript detailing the subjects for which credit transfer was awarded and the year of study.
Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
A student who is awarded accreditation of prior learning for a specific course is considered to be exempt from this course. This means that the student is considered to have completed the course for the purposes of progression within the programme.
APL is at the discretion of the University and may not be permitted for all programmes. Where accreditation of prior learning is permitted, a student can only be considered for up to one third of the programme award concerned.
Regulations set by Professional and Accrediting Bodies may impose further restrictions to the amount of accreditation of prior learning that is recognised. Students should seek further advice with regards to their specific programme.
No APL may be awarded for any course of the Access programme.
APL can only be awarded for whole named courses, not for a part of a course.
APL is normally only awarded for whole courses equivalent to FHEQ Level 4, but may arise from prior learning mapped against FHEQ Levels 5, 6 or 7.
An application for accreditation will be considered on the basis of studies successfully completed at an appropriate level. The granting of accreditation by other higher educational or professional institutions will be noted but in no way binds the University of London.
Accreditation for prior learning from the courses specified in the table in Annex C (up to a total of four full courses at Foundation Level) is awarded automatically on the basis of the relevant qualifications, provided that the qualification has been obtained in the five years preceding the application for accreditation for prior learning. The accreditation for prior learning application fee is not required for accreditation for prior learning awarded in this category.
A decision to give APL is valid for a limited time only and as indicated in the University's confirmation of APL. If a student does not enter an examination within this period, the offer of APL will lapse and it will be necessary to make a fresh application.
An offer of APL is valid only for the particular course and programme of study for which the offer has been awarded. APL will no longer be valid if the programme is withdrawn before the student registers. A student who transfers their registration to another programme may be required to submit another application for accreditation of prior learning.
A student may not study again, and is not permitted or required to be examined in, the courses against which APL has been mapped and granted.
The mark obtained for a course for which APL has been awarded, will not be carried forward to the student's record and will not contribute towards the award.
Applications for APL cannot be considered after a student has entered the examination for the relevant course, part or year.
If a student has failed the examination for a course, they may not at a later stage apply for APL from the failed course.