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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-17, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/glossary/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 7 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2017.

 

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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)


core definition

Formal acknowledgement (based on professional assessment), by way of granting credit, of students' previous learning: credit is given towards a programme of study or towards professional body accreditation.


explanatory context

APL is different, but often overlaps with Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), as, for example in the definitions, below.

 

APL is also similar to the concept, in the United States, of 'Advanced placement'. For example, the Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC) (2002) states:

Advanced placement: A waiver of some of the classes normally required for an undergraduate degree, granted to a student based on a student's prior study or experience (usually indicated by the student's performance on a special examination).


analytical review

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (undated) defines accreditation of prior learning (APL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) as:

A general term used for the award of credit on the basis of demonstrated learning that has occurred at some time in the past. This learning may have come about as the result of a course, or self-directed study, or as the result of experience either at work or in leisure pursuits.

This definition has not changed since the 2003 version of the Glossary and was repeated on the QAA (undated) web site, although the latter does not include APEL in the definition.


London Metroplitan University (2007) states:

APL the Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning is a process, which recognises learning for the purposes of claiming credit against an award regardless of where or how the learning was achieved. It has two components APCL [Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning] and APEL [Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning].

 

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, undated) in the UK states:

Accreditation of prior learning (APL): The identification, assessment and formal acknowledgement of learning and achievement that occurred at some time in the past (perhaps as the result of a previous course, self-directed study, or active experience), which is taken into account when admitting a student to a course of study.

 

The QEPSE-Leonardo (2011) Glossary states:

Accreditation of Prior Learning is the formal acknowledgement (based on professional assessment) of learning acquired from previous experience, usually from experience unrelated to an academic context.

Anerkennung von früher erbrachten Leistungen: Die formelle Anerkennung (basierend auf fachlicher Bewertung) von Lernleistungen, die aus früheren Erfahrungen erbracht wurden, üblicherweise aus Erfahrungen ohne Bezug zum akademischen Kontext.

The UNESCO definition is similar, although more prescriptive:

The process by which individuals are awarded credit toward qualifications based on their prior learning and (sometimes) experience (also called experiential learning). The credit is awarded upon clear evidence that the respective learning has resulted in the student’s having achieved the appropriate learning outcomes. (Vlãsceanu, et al., 2007)

 
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HEA (2002) has an almost identical definition (although implies it is a UK phenomenon):

(UK) A process by which individuals can claim and gain credit toward qualifications based on their prior learning and sometimes experience (often called experiential learning). Credit to be given where there is evidence that the experience or learning has resulted in the student achieving the appropriate and clearly expressed learning outcomes.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL)

Recognition of prior learning


Sources

Council For Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) 2001, Glossary of Key Terms in Quality Assurance and Accreditation, http://www.chea.org/international/inter_glossary01.html, last updated 23 October 2002, accessed 18 September 2012, not available 20 September 2012.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), undated, Glossary, available at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/glossary/, accessed 20 September 2012, still available 30 December 2016.

London Metropolitan University, 2007, Glossary of Terminology available at http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/registry/$related-information/apel/apelforstudents/glossary.cfm, last updated 24 September 2007, accessed 18 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary. http://www.netnet.org/students/student%20glossary.htm , accessed 20 September 2012, still available 30 December 2016.

QEPSE-Leonardo, 2011, Glossary, available at http://www.qepse.eu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=41, accessed 5 March 2011, not available 29 January 2012.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), undated, Acronyms and glossary of main terms, available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/aboutus/acronyms.asp , accessed 29 January 2011 .

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), undated, Glossary, available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/about-us/glossary?Category=A, accessed 7 January 2017.

Vlãsceanu, L.,  Grünberg, L., and Pârlea, D., 2007,  Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Definitions (Bucharest, UNESCO-CEPES) Revised and updated edition. ISBN 92-9069-186-7. http://www.cepes.ro/publications/pdf/Glossary_2nd.pdf, accessed 29 January 2011, no longer available 17 January 2012.


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