Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Project

Standardisation Project – NETWORK MEETING

5th July 2022 at 2pm – 4pm

This event is intended to kick-start a conversation around the specifics of the project and its wider and ongoing applications for other sectors and occupations.

Project Overview

Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Middlesex University in partnership with the Open University (OU), the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) and Credit Works to establish standardised approaches for recognising prior learning within the healthcare sector.

The project will capitalise on the changing skills policy landscape to promote career progression opportunities for the sector. The aims are to maximise widening participation, levelling-up, diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Once developed, it will be tested and informed by consultation with higher education providers, employers and other key stakeholders. This will then inform the development of a standardised approach to APEL, reflecting practice in other public sector professions.

The project will focus on the recognition of prior learning in two ways. The project will initially seek to ascribe a credit value for the level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard. This is to enable better entry to higher education programmes. It will involve working with key organisations and stakeholders to establish a commitment to promote this professional progression. The second is by establishing a national standard for accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL), including learning achieved through work.