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    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    APEL PG Dip Middlesex University
    To apply for our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (two year) in either the Mental Health or Adult field, you will be required to submit an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) claim form before an offer to study at the School is made to you.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education allow the PG Dip in Nursing to be shortened by one year with a minimum of 4,600 hours by using this process; on successful completion of your claim you will be able to undertake the PG Dip Nursing programme in two years rather than three.

    In order to achieve this you will have to demonstrate and provide evidence that you have completed all of the learning outcomes for the first three modules of this programme:

    • NIP 3090 (Demonstrating Graduate and Transferable Skills)
    • PHC 3005 (Health and Social Science Research Approaches)
    • NIP 3091 (Knowledge and Skills for Healthcare Practice)

    This process will enable us to award you credits for your prior learning, which will then be entered onto your transcript of learning.

    APL handbook

    The APL process can be a complex one, and some people can feel overwhelmed. We've developed a handbook to guide you through the process; you can download it here.

    • Frequently Asked Questions

      • What is APL?

        Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the overall term widely used for the recognition of, and award of, academic credit on the basis of demonstrated learning. This learning may have come about as the result of a course, self-directed study or as the result of experience either at work or in leisure pursuits (UCAS 2008).

        The APL claim is made for entry to the programme, and is not weighted for the award. It is assessed at level 6 (degree) and will be pass/fail.

      • Why do I need to submit an APL claim for the 2 year PG Dip in Nursing?

        Pre-registration nursing programmes are on average 3 years. APL certifies us to offer a programme of 2 years' duration to those applicants who can show evidence of relevant health care and educational experience. The APL form gives you an opportunity to demonstrate to us that you have the required level of experience to be considered for the course.

      • How long will the APL form take to complete?

        We estimate that it will take one to two hours for you to complete the form. However, this is equivalent to a year's worth of academic study, so when you are assembling this piece of work you may need longer to reflect and gather evidence. Please ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time.

      • What kind of evidence should I provide?

        You can provide evidence of your previous degree(s) or any short courses you have undertaken; your work experiences and life experiences, transcripts and certificates.

        Find out more about what you can provide as evidence of prior learning and experience.

      • Where can I get help to complete the form or ask questions after I have applied?

        You can email us at

      • When should I return the form?

        Return your form upon completion before the closing date in the handbook.

      • When will I know if I have been successful?

        Your work will be marked and returned within three weeks of receipt.

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