Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

1. Introduction

For the purpose of this document, the Accreditation of Prior Learning, or Recognition of Prior Learning, signifies the process by which this University (and many others) gives recognition to learning achieved by an individual before entry to a programme of study at Swansea.

At Swansea, the term covers the following:

a) Credit Transfer - Where the credits or qualification have been awarded by a UK higher education institution as part of a formal qualification or by a non-UK institution as part of an equivalent qualification;

b) Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APcL) - prior learning (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is at higher education level but which has not led to the award of HE credits or a qualification;

c) Accreditation of Prior experiential Learning (APeL) – where learning gained through experience is assessed and recognised.