Bridging rhetoric and reality: accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) in the UK


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Author: Garnett, Jonathan; Portwood, Derek; Costley, Carol

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University Vocational Awards Council (Great Britain) (UVAC)


Accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) is defined as ‘a process by which appropriate experiential and uncertificated learning is given recognition and an academic value. Often the academic value is expressed in terms of academic credit points (a measure of volume) at a particular level (a measure of difficulty) but it can occur outside an academic credit framework for exemption from specific course units. Experiential learning encompasses knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired in a planned or unplanned way through life, especially work. APEL is often closely associated...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Workforce development; Higher education; Apprenticeship; Outcomes; Pathways

Keywords: Apprentice; Recommendations; Accreditation of prior learning

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Europe; Great Britain; Australia; North America

Published: Bolton, England: University Vocational Awards Council, 2004

Physical description: 33 p.

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Statement of responsibility: A report by Jonathan Garnett, Derek Portwood and Carol Costley

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 84.347

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