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Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning is intended for mature students who have already accrued some relevant learning, either through formal structured education or through involvement in employment, community activities or volunteering, for example. If you have such prior learning, you may be entitled to credits or exemption from one, or sometimes two, years of a course of study. There are three possible APL routes:

1. Certified Prior Learning - You may be eligible for APL if you have Certificated Prior Learning, such as a counselling or psychotherapy qualification or a certificate awarded by a recognised awarding body, such as a University. Please note, though, that only the parts of a prior qualification that are directly relevant to the learning outcomes of your intended programme will be recognised for the purposes of awarding credit. To evidence prior certificated learning, you will be asked to submit copies of relevant certificates, along with a reflective piece of writing of 1000-2000 words for each year you wish to be considered for APL, describing how your previous learning meets the learning outcomes of the year or years that you wish to APEL.

2. Accredited Prior Learning - This form of APL is the most common for students at Metanoia. You may have undertaken some counselling or psychotherapy training with an established training institution that offers courses that are accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the United Kingdom Council or Psychotherapy (UKCP) (or equivalent). Where appropriate, evidence of this learning is shown for assessment in the form of submission of the relevant certificates and assignments with feedback sheets submitted as part of your previous accredited learning, In addition to this, you submit a 2000 – 3000-word reflective piece for each year that you a hoping to show previous learning for,, describing how you feel your prior accredited learning meets the learning outcomes of the year or years that you wish to APL

3. Experiential learning: - You can also claim academic credit for learning that is derived from experience and/or work (called experiential learning). Where appropriate evidence of this learning is submitted for assessment in the form of an 8000 - 9000-word portfolio of evidence, for each year that you hope to show previous learning. Most commonly this form of APL is used when you have undertaken previous counselling or psychotherapy training but the training is not recognised by OfS, Ofqual, BACP or UKCP.



To enquire about the APL application process, please navigate to the course in question, click the apply button (found on the bottom right hand of the page). You will be required to create a user account, following which you can use the communication facility to contact us.