APEL stands for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. Admission by APEL basically recognised the informal education such as working experience as part of entry qualification requirement or when applying for credit transfer. The recognition procedure is a systematic process involving the identification, documentation, and assessment of learning based on past experience. APEL is divided into two types: APEL for Access Purpose [(APEL (A)] and APEL for Credit Award [APEL (C)].
ADMISSION BY APEL
APEL (A) provides opportunities for those who have working experience but lack of qualification or academic qualifications to continue their studies at Institutions of Higher Learning. Generally, APEL (A) assessment involves the assessment of the knowledge gained by a person through formal education or through his previous experience.
To date APEL (A) rating has been opened for FOUR entry levels namely:
- Admission to the Certificate program (APEL T-3);
- Admission to the Diploma program (APEL T-4);
- Admission to Bachelor’s degree program (APEL T-6);
- Admission to the Master’s degree program (APEL T-7).
APEL (C) is an individual’s (informal and non-formal) learning assessment process based on accumulated experience (knowledge and skills) to obtain credit transfer for courses that have been chosen. Emphasis should be given to the main concept of APEL (C) which is an assessment of the individual’s ability to use the learning achieved through his experience in achieving learning outcomes of a course.
Benefits of APEL (C):
- Recognize learning gained from working and short courses taken;
- Reducing repeat learning;
- Encourage entry of adult candidates into higher education programs;
- Reduce costs and time to graduate.