Directory of accreditation of prior certified learning (APCL) exemptions

Please see below table of approved APCL exemptions for Consultant pharmacist and Core Advanced credentialing. Please note that the directory will be updated on a regular basis. 

If your qualification is not listed, please complete an APCL request form and email it to [email protected].

Programme Provider Name of Programme/Award Comments Consultant APCL Advanced APCL
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Advanced Expert Professional Practice in Public Health   Full exemption for outcome 2.2  
Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)    Partial exemption for 4.2 - still needs to provide evidence of patient education  
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Certificate in the management of problem drug use part 2   No APCL granted  
College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) Advanced Level Credentialing   No APCL granted   
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) & London Pharmacy Education and Training (LPET) Developing Pharmacy Leaders   No APCL No APCL
NHS England Centre of Advancing practice MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice  APCL applies to a programme delivered by any university that is accredited by the NHSE Centre for advancing practice and results in the award of their digital badge.
An individual submission will be required for partial completed (e.g. PgCert or PgDip, or programmes undertaken prior to accreditation by NHSE)
Full exemption for outcomes 2.2 and 4.1 and 5.5.
Partial exemption from outcomes 3.2 (candidates must still provide evidence that demonstrates “manages change effectively to achieve demonstrable improvement(s) to patient care”), 4.2 (candidate must still provide evidence to demonstrate their contribution to the development and provision of education for patient.),  and 5.3 (candidates need to demonstrate the first part of the outcome is not demonstrated at an equivalent level (generation of evidence).
Exemption from outcomes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2, 5.4
University of Stirling Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   Full exemption for outcomes 3.2, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5  
Keele University DPharm Years 1&2 [Applying Research Methods in Practice, Initial Study modules]   Exemption from outcomes 5.2 with patial exemption from outcome 5.3 of the consultant pharmacist curriculum with candidates still required to demonstrate that they communicate findings to influence practice and improve patient care beyond their organisation.  
Newcastle University Fundamentals of Research Module (20 credits) (Delivered as part of the Public Health and Health Services Research MSc)   5.2 outcome in full   
Health Education England (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)  
HEKSS Pharmacy Education Practice Supervisor Course (2015)
  Full exemption for outcome 4.1 (manages the professional development of individuals within a team and/or service)  
Health Education England (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) Aspiring Pharmacy Service Leaders Course (2017)   No APCL  
University of East Anglia (UEA) MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice   5.2 outcome in full
5.3 outcome partial (Required to demonstrate communicates findings to influence practice and improve patient care beyond their organisation)
 
Kings College London  MSc in Pharmacy Practice  Must have completed: Research Methods Module and Pharmacy Practice Dissertation Module 5.2 outcome in full
5.3 outcome in full
 
Kings College London Master of Research in Clinical research (MRes)   Full exemption from outcomes 5.2, 5.4 and 5.5 of the consultant pharmacist curriculum.  
University College London (UCL) Masters in Advanced Pharmacy Practice   5.2 outcome in full  
University of Strathclyde MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice Awarded in 2014   Exempt from outcome 5.2
University of Strathclyde MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice  Awarded in 2020   Exempt from outcomes 1.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) NES General Practice Competency and Capability Framework (Advanced Stage II)     Exempt from outcomes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 2.5
  Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing    Practice Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills       
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) Primary care pharmacy education pathway (PCPEP)     Exemption from outcomes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 4.1
Keele University Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)   No APCL granted   
Higher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellow – Higher Education Authority (SFHEA)     Exempt from outcomes 4.1 and 4.3
University College London (UCL) Statement of Teaching Proficiency   Full exemption for outcome 4.1.  
University of Glasgow Teaching Healthcare Professionals Microcredential      Exempt from outcome 4.3
NHS Leadership Academy Master in Healthcare Leadership (Elizabeth Garett Anderson Programme)   MSc awarded by University of Birmingham or University of Manchester Exempt from outcomes 2.2 and 3.3  
University of Bath PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmacology   Full exemption from 5.2   
University of Brighton Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education    Exemp from oucomes 4.1 and 4.2 Exemption from outcomes 4.1 and 4.3
University of Brighton  MSc Clinical Pharmacy   Exempt from outcomes 5.2 and 5.3  
University of Glasgow  Introduction to Management and Leadership in Health Services     No APCL
University of Manchester Advanced clinical Assessment and Emergency Medicine modules Delivered as part of the ASTEM course   Exempt from 1.6 and 4.1 
University College London (UCL) Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice   No APCL  
University of Hertfordshire Advanced History taking and Top to Toe Examination   No APCL  
Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP) Certificate in Spirometry   No APCL  
  Independent Prescribing    No APCL No APCL
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Advanced Leadership for GPs and Pharmacy Staff CPD module   No APCL
Queens University Belfast Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice     Exemption from outcomes 1.4, 2.5 and 5.3
Robert Gordon University MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice 2017/18     Exempt from outcomes 2.5, 3.1 and 3.2