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Accreditation of prior learning

What is accreditation of prior learning?

This is where we accept a previous qualification as meeting the learning outcomes for a module offered on your course, so you don't need to take it as part of your degree.

This reduces the number of modules (and the length of time) required to complete your degree.

For prior learning to be accredited, you must have covered a syllabus of similar level and depth as part of a previous qualification. APL does not affect the classification of your degree.

Types of exemption


There are some qualifications that we recognise automatically. This means that we have already assessed these qualifications and consider them to meet the learning outcomes of a particular module. If you hold one of these specific qualifications, we should be able to accredit your prior learning.


Accreditation on the basis of qualifications that are not known to us is called discretionary. If you have other qualifications which you believe to have similar learning outcomes to a module of your chosen course, you can apply for these to be recognised and accredited as prior learning.

We consider these on a case-by-case basis, and there is normally a separate fee for this process.

How to apply

You need to apply formally for each course you wish to be considered for accreditation. Please submit these on the relevant section of the online application form.

If you have already submitted your application but now wish to request for prior learning to be accredited, please contact us.

We cannot consider an APL application for a particular course if you have already entered the exam for it.

What happens next?

We write to you with a decision. We granted, APL is valid for a limited period, which will be stated in the letter. If you do not attempt any examinations during this period, this offer will expire and you will need to reapply.

Finding the details for my course

Different courses have their own rules, which are outlined in the programme regulations.

For a number of our degrees, we recognise specific qualifications that have been awarded by specified institutions or professional bodies as prior learning: