Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process which enables people of all ages and backgrounds to receive recognition and formal credit for learning acquired in the past through formal study and through work and other life experiences.

The term APL encompasses both Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), definitions are offered in the definitions section of the Policy (see link below).

Keele University recognised three circumstances under which a claim for APL may be made, they are as follows:

  • Admission onto a programme
  • Admission onto a programme with advanced standing
  • Module exemption

Key Documents

APL Policy - details of the University's Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

APL Application Form


For queries about submitting an APL claim, please contact the Admissions Tutors of the relevant School.

For queries about accessing and processing an APL claim, please contact one of the following and ensure your email is clearly marked "APL claim":

Appeals against APL decisions

For queries regarding an appeal in relation to an APL claim, please contact the Head of Governance and Quality Assurance,