How will I be informed of my APCL outcome?
You will be provided with a APCL confirmationletter that outlines the exemptions that have been awarded.
How do I upload my APCL onto the e-portfolio?
Once you receive your APCL confirmation letter, upload this to your portfolio and map it to the outcomes for which you have been granted exemption. You do not need to map any other evidence to the outcome(s) for which you are exempt; assessors are advised not to review outcome.
When applying for APCL, should I include examples of the work that I submitted as part of the programme assessment?
No. The APCL reviewers will not review or consider the quality of level of the candidate’s original work. The APCL process only takes account of the certified learning outcomes against the RPS curricula i.e. the learning for which the education provider is providing assurance.
Individual evidence is reviewed as part of the credentialing process and the APCL process is not a substitute for this. Any APCL exemptions approved for a course or programme will apply to any learner who has completed the same course or programme and are therefore not specifically linked to the individual or their work.
What if I don’t have a copy of the learning outcomes?
The APCL process relies on the mapping of outcomes of one programme to the RPS curriculum outcomes. Without evidence of the original programme learning outcomes, it is not possible to complete the APCL process.
You may be able to contact the education provider to see if they can provide the learning outcomes for you. If your certified learning is historical, you will need to provide confirmation that the learning outcomes you are submitting to the RPS are the same (or very similar) to the outcomes against which you were assessed and certified.
What if my previous programme did not have learning outcomes?
If it is an academic programme (e.g. PhD), you may have individual module learning outcomes that you can use. If you do not have access to any learning outcomes for the certified learning, you will require confirmation from your supervisor or academic lead of the content of the qualification. You should consider whether the amount of time and effort this may take is worth the level of exemption you are likely to achieve.
If you are seeking APCL for a non-academic programme that does not have learning outcomes, this may not be an eligible programme for APCL.
Please contact [email protected] to discuss programmes or academic qualifications that do not have learning outcomes.
Can I seek APCL for programmes I have not yet completed.
If you are undertaking learning with multiple assessment points (e.g. PG Diploma or MSc), you can seek APCL for module(s) that you have completed and being assessed against. You will require evidence of the successful completion of the module assessment for APCL to be considered.
If you are part way through a programme/or module and have not yet been assessed,you cannot seek APCL.
I have previously completed a portfolio aligned to an RPS framework as part of a university course, am I eligible for APCL?
Previously portfolio assessments may be eligible for APCL depending on how they were applied and assessed.
If your programme had a learning outcome that stated that you had to achieve a specific level against an RPS framework, the portfolio underwent assessment, and you have evidence that your portfolio was assessed as meeting the standard, then it would be considered for APCL.
If, however, your portfolio didn’t undergo an assessment with a specific award against each outcome/cluster of the RPS framework then it is unlikely to be eligible for APCL.
Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss previous portfolio assessments.