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Transfer of Learning

If you have previously studied at Higher Education level, or you have acquired relevant and equivalent learning through, for example, involvement in employment, community activities, or volunteering, you may be able to transfer some of this learning towards the courses that we offer at Metanoia Institute.

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. Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning is the process through which we determine if your previous learning can be used in this way.

Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

There are three possible routes into study which recognise previous learning and experience:

1. Certified Prior Learning - You may be eligible 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, that only the parts of a previous qualification that directly map 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 certification, as well as attend an APEL interview to discuss how you feel your previous learning meets the learning outcomes of the year or years that you wish to APEL.

2. Accredited Prior Learning - 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 in the form of relevant certification and any assignments with feedback sheets that were submitted as part of your previous accredited learning. In addition, you submit a 2000 – 3000-word reflective piece (per year) describing how you feel your prior accredited learning meets the learning outcomes of the year or years that you wish to APEL.

3. Experiential learning: - You can also claim academic credit for learning that is derived from experience and/or work (called experiential learning). Evidence of this learning is submitted in the form of an 8000 - 9000-word portfolio of evidence, for each year that you hope to APEL. Your portfolio needs to show how your previous learning maps onto the the learning outcomes of the year or years that you wish to APEL. Most commonly, this form of APEL is used when you have undertaken previous counselling or psychotherapy training but the training is not recognised by Ofqual, BACP or UKCP.

To enquire about the APEL 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.

To access the Metanoia Institutes Student Transfer Policy please follow this link.