Accreditation of Prior Learning or Experience


Warnborough College recognises that participants bring to the programmes a wide range of experience of education and training as learners themselves. Participants also have varied levels of prior experience. Our general approach is to recognise this through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

The APL framework consists of two elements:

  • the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL), and/or
  • the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Rules and Regulations

There is a limit to the amount of APL that can be claimed. APL may be claimed on the basis of previously accredited learning (APCL) and/or experience (APEL), in any proportion or combination.

The academic level of any certificated learning for which credit is claimed should normally be the same as the level at which the claim for credit is made. Certificated learning should normally have been completed within the last 5 years, with an additional outcome oriented assessment within a longer time.

It is the individual applicant’s responsibility to identify the learning for which credit is claimed and to make the formal case for exemption from part of the relevant Warnborough College programme. Any claim must be made before the start of the programme or module; it is not possible to make a claim retrospectively.