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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Overview of APL Definitions

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

Key APL Facts

APL Admissions Tutors have responsibility for approving and signing off APCL. Further guidance and assistance is available from the Faculty APL Adviser 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.

APL Forms

Faculty AP(E)L Advisers

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.

Associate Colleges
APL approval is not devolved to Associate Colleges. The APCL form should be completed by the Associate College then submitted with full supporting documentation to either the ARU Course Leader or the ARU Faculty APL Adviser for approval prior to its return to for processing.

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.

APL Sub-Panel Meeting Dates
A list of APL Sub-Panel Meeting Dates for 2018/19 can be found here.
A list of APL Sub-Panel Meeting Dates for 2019/20 can be found here.

APL Sub-Panel Membership List

Guidance Documents

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

APL Course Tariffs

A course tariff removes the need for APCL to be mapped and approved by Faculties using the APCL Form. A course tariff can be approved directly by your Faculty AP(E)L Adviser. Once approved, Admissions Officers can directly award APCL credit via the tariff without needing to seek approval from Faculties.

Associate Colleges: As APL approval is not devolved to Associate Colleges, once a course tariff is set up the Associate Colleges: course tariff form should be completed by Associate Colleges and returned to the Faculty for approval in order for credit to be awarded via the tariff. Note: APCL credit is added to ASTRA via e-vision by a nominated Faculty staff representative.

The Quality Assurance Service (QAS) within the Academic Registry oversees the approval process for setting up a course tariff and maintaining course tariff records in ASTRA.
: All Course Tariffs are subject to an annual review by Faculties, which is managed by the QAS.

Course Tariff Forms

To set up a new APL course tariff, the following 3 forms should be completed by the Course Leader/proposal team as part of the approval process:

Course Tariff Application Form

Course Tariff Mapping Table Template

Operational Checklist for Admissions Dept

Guidance Documents

Notes of Guidance - Course Tariffs

For further details on the APL course tariff process please contact Sue Frost


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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