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

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

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


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.

Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

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) Drama
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics
  • BA English Language Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Music
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music
  • BA (Hons) Public Service (top-up)

Lord Ashcroft International Business School

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) Banking & Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Business Administration (Top-up) 
  • BSc Business and Human Resource Management
  • BSc International Business Management
  • BSc Tourism Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management & Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management & Leadership
  • BSc (Hons) International Business (Top-up)

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

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 2/3 not permitted for Midwifery.
  • Applications for year 2 welcome for Nursing.
  • Applications for year 2 and 3 entry welcome for all other 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) International Nursing Studies (Year 2 or Year 3 entry)
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy

Faculty of Science and Technology

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.

Exceptions:
  • BOptom (Hons) Optometry: not permitted due to General Optical Council restrictions
  • BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing: not permitted due to General Optical Council restrictions (unless credit is coming from Anglia Ruskin University)
  • BEng Civil Engineering: maximum credit transfer of 120 credits (year 2 entry)
  • 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).

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

Faculty of Medical Science

Exceptions
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science (extended)
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Nutritional Science (extended)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Science (extended)
September intake
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science (extended)
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Nutritional Science (extended)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Science (extended)

Please note that whilst entry onto year 2 or year 3 will be considered for all of the above, in practice, the majority of applicants will only be successful in gaining exemption from some of their first year modules.