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APL - WVLLN Valuing Your Experience Learner Guide

The WVLLN has developed an APL Learner Guide for anyone thinking about going on to higher education who needs information on whether they have the right qualifications or skills gained through experience to progress to higher education.  Understanding Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and the process of APL within higher education can sometimes be challenging. The WVLLN Valuing your experience leaflet is an easy step by step guide which aims to demystify the APL process and the higher education jargon which surrounds APL.  

The leaflet includes insightful case studies of students who have successfully used and evidenced their practical experience to enter higher education; provides useful questions to ask University/College APL contacts/advisors, gives examples of how you can evidence your work and life experience and previous qualifications; includes a glossary of terms and institutional contacts within the WVLLN and also outlines the benefits of APL.

The leaflet is also intended as a useful guide for tutors and staff within further education and higher education who are new to Accreditation of Prior Learning and want to find out more. 

The leaflet was trialled with Level 3 BTEC, Access to HE and NVQ students within the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network Region. Feedback from students was positive and for some the guide provided the first time they had come across the term Accreditation of Prior Learning and its meaning. The leaflet encouraged students to use APL with one student noting that the leaflet “was very good at getting the information across. I feel that I now have a good understanding of APL and how I could go about using it.”  

Download the PDF document: APL Learner Guide

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