APEL (C) is the award of credits for the prior experiential learning towards a course in an accredited programme of higher education provider (HEP). APEL (C) provides the mechanism to recognize the individual’s prior experiential learning that is relevant and specific to a course within a programme of study. The credit award granted on the basis of the knowledge and skills acquired through informal and non-formal learning.

The justifications for the implementation of APEL (C) are as follows:

  • To provide recognition for learning acquired from non-formal and informal sources
  • To reduce the duplication of learning or learning of the same/similar content
  • To encourage the participation of adults in higher education by recognizing their prior experiential in the form of credits awarded
  • To potentially reduce the time and cost of completing a study programme


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