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Accrediting prior certificated learning (APCL): the process of accrediting learning that has previously been assessed and certificated. Note: APCL will only be granted for prior certified learning that has been attained within the last five years. This position is adopted to ensure that the prior learning is relevant and current within the context of a student’s chosen programme of study.

Accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL): the process of accrediting learning that has been achieved outside education or training systems. Note: Prior Experiential Learning or learning gained prior to enrolment on a course is defined as knowledge and skills acquired through life, work experience and study, not formally attested through formal certification. Experience is an input and learning outcomes are the result of a successful learning process. Therefore, academic credit can be awarded only for achievement of learning outcomes, not for experience per se. The achievement of these learning outcomes is dependent on the learner and the quality and duration of the experience; this can include experience gained as a result of involvement in employment, community activity, home duties, sport and other life/work experience. HETAC Policy Document: Prior Experiential Learning April 2001.

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