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:
This process will enable us to award you credits for your prior learning, which will then be entered onto your transcript of learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Return your form upon completion before the closing date in the handbook.
Your work will be marked and returned within three weeks of receipt.