Depending on the course you want to study, you can apply to our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) if you do not meet the standard entry requirements.

This is particularly useful for those who may have been away from education for a longer period of time, or have a non-standard educational background. 

What is Accreditation of Prior Learning?

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) means that you may be able to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course in a different way.

For instance, rather than having a certain number of UCAS points, you may have proven equivalent experience that would give you the prior knowledge to study the course.

Types of APL

  • Relevant qualifications
  • Your own proven study
  • Relevant professional experience
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How do you get Accreditation of Prior Learning?

Here at Falmouth, we accredit your prior learning if we consider it the equivalent of the standard entry requirements. If we grant you an Accreditation of Prior Learning, this could mean you are able to study your chosen course, or that you are exempt from taking certain modules on that course.

We consider Accreditation of Prior Learning requests carefully, as we want to grant fair access to studying with us, while also ensuring you'll be able to thrive on your chosen course.

In order to apply with Accreditation of Prior Learning, you'll first need to complete your application for your chosen course. The Applicant Services team will then decide whether you may need to complete the APL process. If you do, you'll be sent information about the next steps you'll need to take.

If the course team would like to make you an offer, they'll make a decision about whether you need to complete the APL form. If you do need to complete the APL form, your offer to study will be conditional on successfully completing the APL process (alongside any other requirements for the course, such as English language requirements).

Need help?

You can contact our friendly Course Advisors who will be able to answer any questions you may have about applying with Accreditation of Prior Learning.

T: +44(0) 1326 254350

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