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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Overview of Definitions

For an overview of the different processes for admitting applicants with credit awarded for prior learning, please click below:
Overview of APL definitions

Key Facts
APL Admissions Tutors have responsibility for approving and signing off APCL. Further guidance and assistance is available from the Faculty APL Adviser or Admissions Office for both basic and more complex APL applications. Procedural guidance can be obtained from the Admissions Office or the Quality Assurance Service.

Training and development sessions can be arranged with either the Faculty APL Adviser or Admissions Office.

Non UK qualifications will be verified by the Admissions Office.

Further information is also available from the Quality Assurance Agency via their booklet entitled 'Academic Credit in Higher Education in England - An Introduction' published in 2009.  This publication is available to download from the QAA's website at: 

APL Flowcharts
Please see the links below for Flowcharts on the difference types of APL processes:

APEL Flowchart

APCL Flowchart (via approved tariff - processed by Admissions Office)

APCL Flowchart (via approved tariff - processed by Faculty)

APCL Flowchart (individual applications)

APL Flowchart (overview by claim type)

APL Approval and Return of completed applications
Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) applications can be approved directly by the APL Admissions Tutor in straightfroward cases, or may be referred by the APL Admissions Tutor to the Faculty AP(E)L Adviser in more complex cases.

Completed APCL forms, together with supporting documentation, should be returned to the Admissions Officer and copied in the same email to the Academic Registry ( for APL credits to be recorded in ASTRA.

Experiential Learning (APEL) and encapsulated learning applications must be initially approved by the Faculty AP(E)L Adviser and then submitted to for consideration and approval by the APL Sub-panel.

Completion Deadline for Individual APL Applications
Individual applications for APL (whether APCL, APEL or Encapsulation) must be submitted and completed by the end of week 2 of the relevant semester or trimester, as appropriate.

APL Forms
Forms for all types of APL applications can be found here.

Faculty AP(E)L Advisers
A List of Faculty AP(E)L Advisers can be found here.

APL Sub-Panel Meeting Dates
A list of APL Sub-Panel Meeting Dates can be found here.

APL Sub-Panel Membership
A copy of the membership list for the APL Sub-panel can be found here.

Guidance Documents
Notes of Guidance - APL
APL Guide
Senate Code of Practice for Admissions

APL Course Tariffs
A course tariff removes the need for individual applications for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) to be approved by Faculties. A course tariff can be approved directly by your Faculty AP(E)L Adviser. The QAS within the Academic Registry oversees the approval process for setting up a course tariff and maintaining course tariff records in ASTRA..

Course Tariff Forms
The course tariff approval process consists of the following 3 forms:

Course Tariff Application Form

Course Tariff Mapping Table Template

Operational Checklist for Admissions Dept

NB: All Course Tariffs are subject to annual review, which is managed by the QAS within the Academic Registry.

Guidance Documents
Notes of Guidance - Course Tariffs

Contact Sue Frost via for further details on APL course tariffs.

Internal Applications
Internal applications from HNC to HND to Degree or from Foundation Degree to Degree are dealt with via Admissions in a very straightforward process. Please contact the relevant Admissions Officer.
NB: This process is for use for students studying at a core ARU campus only. APCL for students studying at Associated Colleges is managed via the standard APCL form or the Associate College Course Tariff Form.

External Accreditation
The University no longer offers an Accreditation process, through which an education and training programme delivered by an external provider is formally recognised as equivalent to a defined volume and level of Anglia Ruskin general credit. With effect from September 2017 the Senate agreed (at its meeting on 27.09.17) to the discontinuation of the External Accreditation Process and its removal from the Senate Code of Practice on Collaborative Provision.

For further information on this former activity please contact Sue Frost (


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