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Policies / Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

1.0 Purpose

The purpose of this policy it to outline the businesses approach to the accreditation of prior learning and to outline lines of responsibility.

2.0 Scope

Accreditation of prior learning [APL] will be available where appropriate on specific learning programmes and will be subject to any specific awarding body requirements.  All potential candidates will be advised regarding the likely effectiveness of any claim for accreditation of prior learning as an alternative to presenting assessment evidence through the programme of study.

3.0 Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the Company Director to ensure that this policy is adhered to.

4.0 Definitions/Comments

APL is an assessment process which enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology.  Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met in full, the use of APL is acceptable for accrediting part of a unit, unit[s] or a qualification.  Evidence submitted for APL must be:

  • Authentic
  • Current
  • Relevant
  • Sufficient

Interested parties may recognise this process by alternative titles, including:

  • Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning [APEL].
  • Accreditation of Prior Achievement [APA].
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement [APLA].

The APL process is not concerned with allowing for exceptional entry to, or exemption from, a programme of study.  It focuses on assessment and certification of prior learning which may count as evidence towards:

  • Part of a unit or unit[s] accumulated towards a full qualification.
  • Units or unit[s] recognised by an Edexcel Certification of Achievement or other awarding body.
  • A full Edexcel qualification or other awarding body.

The APL process does not allow the accreditation of any externally assessed unit.

5.0 Procedure

Where APL is available as an option, candidates should be advised of this at the initial interview/induction stage.  This will be the responsibility of the Course Leader and the learner will be given realistic advice specific to their individual needs and circumstances, and in relation to the requirements of the particular programme.  APL will be offered where it is more efficient and effective, for the learner and the business, than evidence gathering via the leaner’s programme.  It is not expected that an entire qualification will be obtained by APL.

Any claim for APL will be assessed by the assessor for the unit[s] involved and any additional evidence requirements identified.

Any APL assessments will be submitted as part of an Internal Verification sample and will be treated in the same way as traditional evidence.

External Verification will be carried out following the appropriate procedure for the qualification/awarding body.

6.0 Related Policies

  • Continuity Plan – LIEURAPP22001.
  • Equality & Diversity Policy – LIEURAPP22002.
  • Safeguarding Policy – LIEURAPP22003.
  • Prevent Duty Policy – LIEURAPP22004.
  • Health & Safety Policy – LIEURAPP2205.
  • Complaint’s policy – LIEURAPP22006.
  • Quality and High Standards in Apprenticeships Training – LIEURAPP22008.
  • Employee Professional Development Policy – LIEURAPP22009.
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedure.
  • Examination and Assessment, Internal Verification and Moderation Policy.
  • Fraud, Bribery & Corruption.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For further information on our policies please call LI Europe on 0333 456 1988 or email us –


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