2. General Principles

Whether an Accreditation of Prior Learning claim is based on credit transfer, prior certificated learning or prior experiential learning, it is important to realise that it is the achievement of learning, or the outcomes of that learning, being recognised rather than the activity of learning itself.

It is the responsibility of a receiving institution, i.e. Swansea University, to decide how much specific credit to award an individual student via an Accreditation of Prior Learning, based on the level, extent and perceived relevance of the material (both knowledge- and skills-based) contained within the programme/qualification offered by the applicant when compared with his/her intended programme of study at Swansea University.

Applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning should normally be made during the application stage – and prior to the student enrolling on the programme.

Accreditation of Prior Learning can be made only for a complete module, and not part of a module.

For undergraduate Honours degree programmes and Advanced Initial degrees, an applicant must normally attain the final 240 credits at Swansea University. Under exceptional circumstances, a concession may be granted for an applicant to be admitted to the final year of a degree programme.

Postgraduate taught students may claim Accreditation of Prior Learning for a maximum of one third of the total number of credit points for an award. Accreditation of Prior Learning shall not be granted in respect of the dissertation component of a programme.

However, the following exceptions apply and students may claim Accreditation of Prior Learning for the following programmes:

  • Legal Practice, PG Dip – 90 credits out of 180
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – 60 credits out of 120
  • PGCert Teaching in Higher Education - 30 out of 60 credits
  • Pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery degrees – 240 out of 360
  • Post Registration qualifications in Health Science – 240 out of 360
  • Plus an additional 40 credits in year 3

Exceptions to the above will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Matriculation Sub-Committee.