2 Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning
See the Glossary for definition of 'credit' and 'accreditation of prior learning'.
The University reserves the right to review the credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning policy in respect of Scheme A and Scheme B each year. These regulations, therefore, relate only to applications for either Scheme received between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012.
No credit or accreditation of prior learning will be granted from any course of the Diploma in Law or Graduate Entry Routes A or B.
No credit transfer or accreditation of prior learning will be granted unless an application has been made in accordance with the instructions in the Undergraduate Laws prospectus. Applicants are required to pay the credit transfer or accreditation of prior learning application fee.
Procedures and deadlines for applying for accreditation of prior learning and credits can be found in the Student Handbook and VLE.
All applications are considered on an individual basis and credits and accreditation of prior learning awarded are at the discretion of the University. The appropriate sections of the Guide to Academic Stage of Training issued by the professional bodies in respect of qualifying as a Barrister or a Solicitor in England and Wales is taken into account when considering such applications.
A student who satisfies the entrance requirements for the LLB degree and who is appropriately qualified may be considered for credit transfer in specified subjects. An application cannot, however, be considered after a student has entered for the examination in the course(s) concerned.
An applicant wishing to transfer to the University from another institution acceptable to the University may be considered for credit transfer in Scheme A and Scheme B subject to the requirements set out in paragraph 2.7.
An applicant will be considered for credit transfer if they have successfully completed, within three years prior to the date of application, the Year 1 or equivalent examination of an appropriate degree at a university acceptable to the University of London. The applicant must:
- have passed all the necessary assessments and examinations in any full year of study for which they wish credit to be transferred and
- have not failed any part of the degree programme on which the credit transfer application is based.
A student who has received credits for the equivalent of three or four Year 1 courses under Scheme A may apply to offer, as a Finals course, Year 1 course which has not previously been studied, in lieu of any Finals course previously passed as part of the examinations on which credit transfer was based. All such applications will be considered on an individual basis by the University. An application will not be considered after a student has made an examination entry which includes a Finals course. Where such permission is granted, the Year 1 level course will be treated as a Finals course for degree classification purposes.
A student who has received credit for the equivalent of four Year 1 courses under Scheme B will be credited with the three courses of the Year 1 examination and one course of the Year 2 examination.
A student applying for credit transfer who wishes to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree should also refer to the conditions specified in paragraph 1.7.
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 satisfies the entrance requirements for the LLB degree and who is appropriately qualified may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) mapped against specific courses. An application will be considered on the basis of successfully completed studies at an appropriate level.
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 APL 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.
APL can only be awarded for whole named courses, not for part of a course.
APL is normally only awarded for whole course equivalent to FHEQ Level 4, but may arise from prior learning mapped against Levels 5, 6 or 7.
A student who has obtained Level 6 of the Professional Higher Diploma in Law or the Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice of the Institute of Legal Executives, may be considered for APL for up to a maximum of four (120 credits) Year 1 courses of Scheme A or Scheme B.
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 accreditation of prior learning will lapse and it will be necessary to make a fresh application.
An offer of APL is valid only for the particular programme of study and course 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 APL.
A student may not study again, and is not permitted or required to be examined in, the courses from against which accreditation of prior learning has been mapped and granted.
The mark obtained when the course, for which a student has been granted APL was passed, 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 Year 1 courses.
If a student has failed an examination for a Year 1 course, they may not at a later stage apply for APL from the failed course.
Accreditation for concurrent learning
A student registered on Scheme A or Scheme B of the LLB degree may be considered for accreditation for concurrent learning at an institution acceptable to the University in a maximum of three laws courses. No credit for concurrent learning can be given for the Foundation of Legal Knowledge courses as defined by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).