Using your experience

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Using your experience to gain entry to a course

If you have the appropriate previous experience you might be able to use this to gain entry to a course even without formal qualifications – through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

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To apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) you will need to show that what you have learnt through experience matches the course requirements.

There are a number of different ways in which Higher Education Institutions may ask you to submit proof of your relevant experience, such as:

  • a portfolio of evidence
  • a presentation
  • an artefact (i.e. a video showreel)
  • a written piece of work
  • an interview

Some institutions may ask for a combination of the above to assess whether you can be considered for APEL. You will need to check with your chosen institution to find out what are their arrangements for APEL. Also look at the course requirements and see what skills and experiences you think you have already so you can discuss these with the institution.

The Lifepilot HE Skills Map Tool can be a usfeul place to start as it will help you see how the things you have done in life and work map to skills valued in higher education. This infomation could be useful to you if you decide to claim for APEL.

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