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How will I study?

For each module you normally spend about two or three hours a week at the University during term time. For most modules offered in the University you will need to attend classes and may spend some time working in the Learning Resource Centre or on projects in groups. In some subjects you may work on special equipment in laboratories or use computers. You will also be expected to do some independent study.

How do I gain credit for previous learning?

APL is the term used to cover both certificated and experiential learning. It is a process whereby students may seek academic credit for learning that has taken place prior to joining the University.

Academic credit can be awarded for learning that has already been assessed as part of a course or qualification. The term used for this is Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning or APCL. You may have gained the learning from other Higher Education courses and programmes, professional awards, a national examining body or from other certificated learning in the UK or abroad.

Credit can also be awarded for learning achieved at work, through leisure or voluntary experiences. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL. The amount of credit awarded will depend on the evidenced learning and its relevance to your proposed modules or programme of study.

APL generally involves a detailed application and assessment process. However, you will receive advice and guidance on how to put together an APL claim.

APL can be used as a means of entry onto a study programme or enable you to enter at an advanced level within a programme of


study. It can therefore help you to complete programmes quicker and avoid repetition of study already undertaken.

How much will it cost?

The amount of tuition fees you pay depends on the programme and level of study. For up-to-date information on tuition fees, scholarships and bursaries visit

When are classes held?

Most classes take place from Monday to Friday during the day and sometimes into the early evening.

Most modules start in late September and run until June. Modules can last either one semester (i.e. half an academic year) - September to January or January to June or can cover the whole academic year.

Are there any assessments?

Each module has some assessment, such as coursework and may have an examination at the end. If you want to gain credit points towards a qualification then you must pass the assessments. However, you can still study on the CATS programme if you don't want to take any of the assessments.

“I transferred to the University and joined the CATS programme from a different University. I’d spent a year and half reading for a Humanities degree in History and the History of Art. Through the CATS programme I was able to transfer the academic credit that I had been awarded at my other University to continue my studies here”. Zara Kazim, APL CATS graduate

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