In addition to the progression talks and guidance provided by the academic staff, if you would like to explore other ways to build your course that is just right for you, click the links below or contact Campus Admin Services who will be able to offer you further advice.
How to Build your Course
If you would like to explore how to build a course that is just right for you, click the links below or contact your school office who will be able to offer you further advice. View a full list of Schools and their contact details.
Study Abroad and Exchanges
If you think you'd be interested studying abroad for a year in order to learn a language or to experience other cultures, go to the International Office Pages.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning scheme, or APL for short, allows for students with previous academic or professional qualifications, or those who have significant vocational and experiential learning in their chosen field, to be awarded credit for specific modules. Students may sometimes even claim for their elective module, even if the learning the student has achieved elsewhere isn’t directly related to the learning outcomes of the module. There are two different method of claiming APL:
APL is available for all undergraduate students (post graduate students have more limitations), but full time students should be mindful of the amount of modules that they claim for, as they may jeopardise their full-time status. However, accreditation of one or two modules may still be possible, but the student should organise this within the first six weeks of their course.
Making an APCL claim is free, but once again, students should be careful if they are making APEL claims:
Lastly, if the qualification with which you are trying the claim APCL for is over 5 years old, you will be asked to complete a Statement of Currency Form. This purpose of this is so that “the student can confirm that they have kept up to date with advances in both theory and practice in the field.” If the qualification isn’t directly relevant to the new programme of study, then it is used to “confirm how you have maintained your learning at HE Level and higher level study and research skills since your qualification was awarded.”
Here at UCLan, we are devoted to the acknowledgement of learning, and we encourage you to contact us if you feel that the APL scheme could benefit you and would like further information:
Telephone: 01772 892419
Consult the APL documents and handbooks below.
We recognise that the APL process can be a bit confusing to some, so we’ve created some APL documents and handbooks below which explain things in further detail.
The idea of electives is to give you the opportunity to study a module which develops skills and knowledge outside your main areas of study, and to provide additional flexibility if you wish to change your study programme after entry to the University.
The Academic Calendar & Term Dates page contains information regarding examination dates, assessment boards, progression, publication of results, term and semester dates.