Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)


SWC operates an Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process to acknowledge unaccredited learning experiences. APEL is a process through which the learning students have gained from experience can be counted. This process relates to prior learning which has been gained by students that has not already been formally assessed. This includes prior learning gained through community based learning, workplace learning and training, continuing professional development and independent learning.

APEL can help students to:

  • Get a place on an appropriate Foundation Degree. If you don’t have the normal entry qualifications but can demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding.

  • Gain credit towards modules of a Foundation Degree to shorten the normal period of learning.

Who is APEL for?

  • Individuals in the workplace looking for recognised credit for entry to an academic programme at higher education level.

  • Learners who may have exited a Higher Education programme prior to completion or the receipt of credit and who wish to count that learning towards another award.

  • Learners who wish to ‘top-up’ an existing qualification.

For further information

Contact the relevant Course Co-ordinator listed beside your course of choice or Liam Curran HE Co-ordinator. E: liam.curran@swc.ac.uk