Tell me more about accrediting prior learning

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Accreditation of Prior Learning - APL

  • We can only apply APCL to modules that match the learning outcomes of those we offer as part of the PGCert/PGDip/MSC in Sensory Integration.

APL

  • As from 1 October 2012, all Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) inquiries for modules external to Ulster University will be charged a fee of £50.  
  • This means that, for the inquiry to be considered, you need to submit an APL inquiry form to the Course Director accompanied by payment to Ulster University
  • All enquiries must be accompanied by a copy of your transcript. This is a document that you will have received from the University that accredited your module(s) that has both your name and your mark(s) on it.
  • If you do not have a paper copy, you may be able to request an electronic copy – which is acceptable
  • Initial Enquiry Form – Postgraduate Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

A process for assessing and, as appropriate, recognising prior experiential learning to give the learning a credit value and allow it to be counted towards the completion of a programme of study and the award of qualifications associated with it.

This encapsulates a range of activity and approaches used formally to acknowledge and establish publicly that some reasonably substantial and significant element of learning has taken place. Such learning may have been achieved by reflecting upon experiences outside formal education.

APEL

  • For programmes of 180 or more credit points, students must register for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.
  • For programmes of up to and including 120 credit points, students must register for modules amounting to at least the final half of the credit value of the award at the highest level. Exemptions shall not be permitted for these modules.
  • All applications for the accreditation of prior experiential learning must be presented in the form of a portfolio of evidence.
  • Additional material may be required.
  • The portfolio must contain written material which clearly demonstrates how the student’s prior experience is evidence of his/her achievement of the requisite learning outcomes.
  • registration is open to all applicants who meet the application criteria – HCPC registered or equivalent.
  • applicants from outside the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Process

The Faculty of Life and Health Sciences will be provided with your name and contact details from SI Network.

An email will be sent to you prior to course commencement with step-by-step instructions on how to enroll on-line. This will highlight the web link needed and will give you information on your Module and Course Reference Number (CRN) codes required for online enrolment.

You will have access to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Blackboard Learn (BBL) - from the commencement of the module and, when you log in you will have access to a BBL training session and a Course Support Area for Online Academic Induction (which will contain both generic and course specific information to support your learning).

You will be classed as a “commissioned” student and should, therefore, tick the sponsor icon when completing online enrolment. Our Faculty will inform the Finance Department that you are sponsored by SI Network and will invoice SI Network for all students one month after registration

Fees

Once you have completed the SI modules, you then register directly for the research modules – Research Evidence in Health Sciences and Research Project Preparation – with Ulster University. Both can be completed online and do not presently require attendance. From September 2016 the fees will be £417.00 (£910.00 for overseas students) for each research module for returning students (i.e., those who have not exited with an award of Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and are progressing to Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration). For new students (e.g., those who have exited with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and who have come back after a break to enroll for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration) the fees will be £429.00 (£1074.50 for overseas students).

If you pass all these modules, you can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration or progress to the MSc in Sensory Integration. This involves a Research Project which will cost £1664 (£3640 for overseas students) for returning students (i.e., those who have not exited with an award of Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration and are progressing to MSc in Sensory Integration). For new students (e.g., those who have exited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration and who have come back after a break to enrol for the MSc in Sensory Integration) the fees will be £1716.50 (£4296.60 for overseas students).

You can pay five monthly instalments by direct debit (providing the balance owing is more than £100).

Alumni discount

As of academic year 2015/16 eligible Ulster University alumni commencing a programme with an intake year of 2015/16 will receive a 10% discount on their tuition fees. This discount applies to full time and part time postgraduate taught programmes only and excludes PGCE and PhD programmes.

You will qualify for our alumni discount if you have successfully completed an Ulster University:

  • Undergraduate degree programme to include honours, non-honours and integrated masters.
  • Masters' programme including a postgraduate certificate, diploma and a PhD.
  • Study year abroad programme.

The alumni discount is not available to:

  • Associate students who have completed a validated programme.
  • Lower undergraduate degree awards such as an advanced diploma, CERT, graduate diploma, etc.
  • Ulster University postgraduate certificates.

You will qualify for the alumni discount regardless of when you finished your previous eligible programme.

You will be asked at application to provide details of eligibility.

This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, offer or scholarship.

Learning from Home

  • University of Ulster uses Blackboard Learn as its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Provides remote access to a range of e-resources.
  • You can submit essays electronically and you will also be invited to engage in online discussion with teaching staff and other students.
  • To successfully complete the course you will need access to the internet with a good broadband connection

For further information contact:

Dr Greg Kelly, Course Director

School of Health SciencesUlster UniversityShore RoadNewtownabbeyCo AntrimBT37 0QBNorthern Ireland

T: +44 (0)28 90366365

E: gp.kelly@ulster.ac.uk 

W: www.ulster.ac.uk/staff/gp.kelly.html

 

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