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Wednesday 21 March
Curriculum > Academic Registry (Quality Assurance Service: Accreditation of Prior Learning)



Accreditation of Prior Learning

Overview of Definitions

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

Overview of APL definitions

Key Facts

Once all the documentation/certification has been finalised the process of APCL can be progressed quickly. 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.

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: 


Please access the below links for useful APL flowcharts:

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)


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.


Course Tariffs

Course tariffs remove the need to send in individual applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning and can be approved directly by your Faculty AP(E)L Adviser. Contact Sue Frost via for further details.

Notes of Guidance - Course Tariffs

Course Tariff Application Form

Course Tariff Mapping Table Template

Operational Checklist for Admissions Dept


Approval of APL Applications

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

Completed forms, together with supporting documentation should be returned to the Admissions Officer, copied to the Academic Registry via (for recording on the Central Approvals List (CAL).

Experiential Learning (APEL) and encapsulated learning approvals must be considered by the APL Sub-panel.

Notes of Guidance - APL

Forms for APCL and APEL applications can be found here.

A list of the Faculty APEL Advisers can be found here.

Accreditation of Prior Learning Sub-panel meeting dates, can be found here.


Completion Deadline for Individual APL Applications

Individual applications for APL (whether APCL or APEL) must be submitted and completed by the Friday of the second teaching week of the relevant semester or trimester, as appropriate.


Senate Code of Practice for Admissions

The Senate Code of Practice for Admissions and the accompanying procedural document can be found here:



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

A copy of the membership list for the Accreditation Panel can be found here.


External Accreditation/Faculty Short Course Accreditation

The legal agreement concerning the Accreditation Services at our University can be located from the Office of the Secretary and Clerk website.

Additional information can be found below:

Notes of Guidance - Accreditation Panel

Notes of Guidance - Chair

Proposal for Accreditation

QA Checklist

Template Advisors Report

Guidance Notes for completing Advisors Report

Procedures for Annual Monitoring of Externally Accredited Schemes

Annual Monitoring Report Template to Faculty Board

Proposal for Renewal or Minor Amendment

Accredited Faculty Short Courses


External Accreditation Panel Meeting meetings will be arranged by the Secretary upon request - please contact Sue Frost (


Anglia Learning Partners (ALP)

Anglia Ruskin has developed a new scheme to acknowledge quality in companies entitled "Anglia Learning Partner" (ALP) status as a recognition that can be awarded to partners with whom successful, approved learning links have developed. More information surrounding ALP's will be published shortly.


Office of the Secretary and Clerk

The legal agreement can now be found on the Office of the Secretary and Clerk website.



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