Accreditation of Prior Learning

If you have relevant qualifications at higher education level or relevant work experience, you may be eligible for advanced entry (for example, year 2 entry to one of our undergraduate degrees) via our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme.

Examples of the most common forms of APL include:
  • recognised credit-rated modules/units at a college or university
  • professionally-recognised qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Entry criteria

You should first meet the standard entry criteria for the course you want to apply for. These are provided in our online prospectus. Suitability for APL (whether based on qualifications or experience) is assessed on an individual basis and you will be measured against the following.
  1. Compatibility of content, learning outcomes and level of your previous studies with that of the Anglia Ruskin course.
  2. Your academic achievement, as evidenced by the grades on your transcript.
  3. Reference and personal statement describing the ways in which you have kept up-to-date with information and current practices in your chosen subject area.
  4. The credit equivalence of your previous studies: most of our full-time undergraduate courses consist of 120 Anglia Ruskin University credits per academic year, or 60 ECTS credits under the European credit transfer and accumulation system. Our Masters courses consist of 180 Anglia Ruskin University credits.

Application process for the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL)

Before you apply

If you are seeking admission with prior learning based on APCL, you may not be granted more than two-thirds of the total credit requirement for the course on which you wish to register. The marks or grades obtained from accredited prior learning do not contribute to the determination of the classification of your Anglia Ruskin award.

You will need to have the following documentation to be considered for APCL.
  • Full official transcript of your previous study detailing the module breakdown and the grades you have achieved.
  • For complete qualifications: certificate(s) confirming the award.
  • For qualifications still to be completed: a list of pending modules with associated credit weightings.
  • Certified translations of documents that are in a language other than English.
  • In addition, we may request a syllabus outlining the content, learning outcomes and level of your previous studies.
  • We expect that your previous accredited learning will have been completed within the last five years. If this is not the case, we will ask for evidence of how you have kept your knowledge up-to-date, including:
    • CV: covering your employment history since qualifying, detailing how you have maintained learning and giving a list of completed continuing professional development (CPD) activities, with certificates if available
    • reflective statement: explaining how you have maintained learning in the subject area you wish to study at Anglia Ruskin University. We generally expect between 750 and 1,000 words
    • employer reference (on letter headed paper): from your most recent employer detailing how your job (and associated CPD) have enabled you to keep up-to-date with information and current practices in your chosen subject area.
Making your application

  • There are different methods of application depending on your choice of course. Please follow our guidance on how to apply.
  • Whichever method of application you use, please indicate that you are applying for APL by specifying the year of entry you are applying for or mentioning it in your personal statement. You should give details of your study at higher education level and relevant experience.
  • Depending on your method of application, you may be able to attach documents to your application, or you can send the documents after submitting your application. If we do not receive documents with your application we will contact you shortly afterwards to ask for the documents outlined above.

If you would like help with your application, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk (for UK/EU applicants) or internationaladmissions@anglia.ac.uk (for international applicants).

Course of study

  • Details of courses offered by Anglia Ruskin University can be found in our online prospectus.
  • We will consider applications for advanced entry for most of our courses. Please see the Faculty tab for your course for further information.
  • Applications for APCL should only be submitted on the basis of previous study in the same subject area.

Application process for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

  • Students seeking admission with prior learning based on APEL may be granted no more than half of the total credit requirement for the course on which they wish to register.
  • If you would like to discuss your eligibility for APEL, please contact your Admissions Officer in the first instance.

Employers and APL

To find out how APL could benefit your employees and provide recognition for your in-house training programmes, contact our Degrees at Work Team.

What next?

All APL applications are considered individually, so the review process may take longer than our published turnaround times. Thank you in advance for your patience.
If you're applying for advanced entry into courses run by our Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences please check the information below for details of available courses.

September intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry (or top-up) welcome to all undergraduate courses.

January intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry (or top-up) welcome for the following undergraduate courses.

  • BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
  • BA (Hons) Drama
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics
  • BA (Hons) English Language Studies (non-native speakers)
  • BA (Hons) International Business English (non-native speakers)
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Music
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music
  • BA (Hons) Public Service (top-up)
If you're applying for advanced entry into courses run by our Lord Ashcroft International Business School please check the information below for details of available courses, or those with exceptions or limitations to entry.

September intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry welcome to all undergraduate programmes.

January intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry (or top-up) welcome for the following undergraduate courses.
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (Top-Up)
  • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management

If you're applying for advanced entry into courses run by our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education please check the information below for details of available courses.

September intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry welcome to all undergraduate courses.

January intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry (or top-up) welcome to the following undergraduate courses.

  • BSc (Hons) Acute Care (top-up)
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top-up)
  • BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies (Year 2 or Year 3 entry)
  • BSc (Hons) Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care (top-up)
  • BSc (Hons) Public Health
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy
If you're applying for advanced entry into courses run by our Faculty of Science & Technology please check the information below for details of available courses, or those with exceptions or limitations to entry.

September intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry welcome to all undergraduate courses.

January intake
Applications for year 2 and 3 entry welcome to the following undergraduate courses.

  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Architecture
  • BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management
  • BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
  • BEng (Hons) Electronics
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management
Exceptions:
  • BOptom (Hons) Optometry: not permitted due to General Optical Council restrictions
  • BSc Psychology and BSc Abnormal & Clinical Psychology: only possible where previous studies have been accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • BSc Psychology & Criminology, BSc Building Surveying, BSc Quantity Surveying and BSc Real Estate Management: maximum credit transfer of 120 credits (year 2 entry).
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