Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)  CPPD

APEL or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning is a process that enables you to receive formal recognition for skills and knowledge you already possess that have not been previously assessed or awarded credit. If you chose to undertake the APEL module at the School of Health Sciences, your prior learning and professional experiences can be formally recognised and taken into account to gain entry to a higher education course in the School.

During the module you will engage in critical reflection on structured and unstructured professional experiences to evidence your prior learning.

APEL will be of particular value to you:

  • If you do not have a diploma qualification or equivalent required for entry to a top-up undergraduate degree programme at the School of Health Sciences;
  • If you have completed your professional education overseas, which is equivalent to a certificate in the UK, then APEL can help you demonstrate diploma level learning through reflection on past experiences; thus helping you gain entry into a top-up undergraduate degree programme;
  • If you have completed one or more modules at degree level at the School of Health Sciences, City University London, or at another institution in the UK, and do not have a diploma level qualification, but wish to join a top-up undergraduate degree programme;
  • If you wish study for a mentorship qualification (Supporting and Assessing Learning Practice Settings, NM3272) at City University, which is a degree level module and do not have a diploma, you will need to complete the APEL module

Satisfactory completion of this module does not award you credits towards a diploma or a degree. However it does accredit your prior learning to enable you to access an undergraduate top-up degree programme at the School of Health Sciences. After you have completed the APEL module successfully our student record system will be updated to record your progress to degree level studies, should you wish to study for a undergraduate degree programme at the School.

Note: Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is different from APEL. It can be used to avoid repeating specific modules of learning by providing evidence if you have undertaken modules in the past at the School of Health Sciences, City University London, or at another institution in the UK. Please contact the programme leader for the programme you are interested in to find out more about APL, if that is relevant to you.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed


Overseas students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You will normally be a healthcare or social professional interested in pursuing a top-up undergraduate degree programme at the School of Health Sciences
  • You must possess 120 level 4 credits or equivalent usually acquired through training as a health care professional. This would be equivalent to (level 4) certificate level qualifications in the UK
  • You do not possess a diploma or equivalent qualification, to enable you to proceed directly to degree level learning. Please note that if you have gained a diploma qualification overseas, this may be equivalent to a certificate qualification in UK. In the latter case you will need to enrol for the APEL module before joining the a BSc top-up degree programme
  • You may have studied for occasional degree level modules in the past or more recently, but do not have a diploma or equivalent qualification.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
  • GCSE: English language grade C.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014. 

What will I learn?

The module requires you to compile a portfolio of evidence and demonstrate your prior learning through reflective writing and where appropriate reference to literature. Your portfolio is assessed for your ability to write at diploma level and look for your potential to engage in academic reflective writing at degree level. 

During the module you are introduced to and learn about the following:

  • Identifying prior experiences for learning in relation to given outcomes
  • Compiling prior experiential evidence in a portfolio
  • Critically reflecting on prior experiences 
  • Analysing your reflections in relation to relevant literature
  • Working in groups in class and online

Course Structure 

The module begins with an introductory morning in class, where you meet with the module  leader (Dr. Lisa Reynolds) and our study skills coordinator (Ms. Sally Thorpe). The next two sessions of the module are online; followed by the last class session.

Teaching and Assessment

This module is taught in blended format, with a mixture of face to face class sessions and online sessions. You have the support of your module tutor throughout the module and can get in touch with her via the online learning space or email. You learn through sharing and critiquing your learning through online discussion activities. The first class day is essential as it prepares you for the rest of the module. Students find the online discussion activities and the last day particular useful to help complete their portfolios and gain feedback.

The module is assessed using a reflective portfolio based on your past experiences. You will be shown how to use the online learning system to submit your portfolio online for final grading.


The course fees is £1,250

Career Outcome

The APEL Module enables you to enrol for the following programmes:

Application Deadline: