On inquiry, the applicant will be provided with APEL(C) Handbook, which includes advice on the application process and procedures. Applicants will be required to complete a claim form detailing prior learning they wish to apply for credit transfer, and to provide appropriate evidence.Prior to processing with the APEL(C) application, the Academic Advisor first must ask the applicant to answer the following questions to ascertain his/her suitability to proceed with the claim:
- Is your learning in a subject area taught at our College?
- Can your learning be verified and documented by an expert in the field?
- Can your learning be related to other learning from similar areas of study?
If the answers to the above questions were yes, then the APEL(C) is worth exploring, the Academic Advisor will discuss the APEL(C) application form with the student and:
- Clarify what learning outcomes the student is seeking credit for;
- Discuss with the student how experiential learning might be appropriately be evidenced;
- Student will also be advised that they can only be assessed either through a Challenge Test or submission of Portfolio.
- Advise the student on how and when to submit the necessary portfolio of evidence or other documentary evidence; if the students is subjected to undergo the assessment through Portfolio;
- Advice may include use of guidance study pack/online guide, applicant attending a workshop/interview to establish merits of claim; and
- Consult with the Assessor and other colleagues in the APEL (C) Unit as necessary on the appropriate methods to be used to assess the applicant’s experiential learning and the evidence submitted.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES –Stages of making an application for APEL (C)
Stage – Application
Once approved by the APEL (C) Advisor that the enquirer/applicant has met the admission criteria, the enquirer is required to submit a Portfolio/Application Form as a pre-registration process. The Advisor will also guide the applicant with the template to determine his/her eligibility
Once completed, the Portfolio will then be submitted by the Advisor to the Panel of Assessors to determine the eligibility of the enquirer.
Stage 2 – Initial Assessment
The Advisor should discuss the APEL application form with the applicant and:
- Clarify what learning outcomes the applicant is seeking credit for
- Discuss with the applicant how experiential learning might most appropriately be evidenced
- Advise the applicant on how and when to submit the necessary portfolio of evidence
The Assessors should also
- Consult with the Head of Program (who will consider the evidence when it is submitted) and other colleagues as necessary on the appropriate method (s) to be used to assess the applicant’s experiential learning and the evidence submitted
Stage 3 – Submission of Evidence
This step requires the applicant to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the learning achieved.
The portfolio might include;
- Work samples
- Records of Workplace Activities
- Emails/Statements from supervisors or managers in relation to aspects of practice
- References from colleagues, employees, voluntary organizations, professional bodies
In addition to the submission of a portfolio, assessment of learning can include oral examinations, and/or or more traditional examinations. College might also request a reflective account (with a word limit)
Stage 4 – Assessment
The submission of evidence should be considered by the Panel of APEL (C) Assessors. The evidence provided by the applicant to support the claim will be evaluated in respect of its:
- Sufficiency – it must be appropriate in terms of level, volume (i.e. match that for which the claim is made, although higher level credit may substitute for lower level credit) and relevance for the purpose of the particular claim;
- Currency – it must represent the applicant’s present knowledge and abilities;
- Authenticity – the applicant has actually completed what is claimed
Credit must only be given for demonstrated learning, where equivalence of learning outcomes can be demonstrated.
Once the assessment is complete, the Head of the Panel of APEL (C) Assessors should sign off the recommendation section of the form, indicating the specific academic credit to be awarded in respect of the named module. The recommendation should then be confirmed by the Head of Program, who in turn will forward the recommendation to the Academic Board for final approval.
For further enquiries on APEL C, please email to the following address: