Credit transfer

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    Your previous study, work experience and training can count as credit towards your degree.

    We encourage students of all ages and from all backgrounds to study with us and know that many people have made significant achievements either through work or private study.

    If you feel this applies to you, you can ask to have it taken into consideration when making an application to Brookes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    Credit transfer is applied through two schemes:

    • through CATS points from a recognised college course
    • or assessment of work experience through APL and APEL.

    Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

    Oxford Brookes courses are rated in a framework of credit that is recognised nationally called the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This allows any university or college in the UK to recognise coursework completed at another institution.

    Up to two-thirds of an undergraduate honours degree at Brookes may be awarded as credit from your prior learning. However, it must be relevant to the course you wish to study and not be out of date.

    Many colleges of FE (further education) run courses that carry credit that you can transfer to Brookes, for example HNC, HND and Foundation.

    Below are credit transfer equivalents for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

    Course / module Minimum transferable credits
    Oxford Brookes module 15 CATS
    One year of full-time undergraduate degree study 120 CATS
    Completed undergraduate degree 120 CATS
    Postgraduate certificate 60 M level credits
    Postgraduate diploma 120 M level credits
    Master's degree 180 M level credits

    Credit for work experience: APL or APEL

    If your course is related to your previous study or experience (whether in paid work or a voluntary capacity) you may be able to make a case to gain exemptions from some modules through one of two forms of assessment.

    Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)

    The Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is the accreditation of previously acquired certificated learning and it might include Open University modules or in-company training, for example. Brookes recognises certain professional qualifications awarded by bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the English Nursing Board (ENB).

    Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

    The Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) recognises knowledge or skills acquired through life, work experience and study which has not been formally attested through any academic or professional certification. It might include, for example, computer programming, editing skills or organisational skills.

    Admission through credit via APL or APEL is a more complicated process in which the University will calculate the value of the knowledge you have gained through your work experience. This is normally carried out once you have been admitted to a course.

    If you are applying for admission with credit you should make clear the basis of your claim for credit when applying for your chosen course. In some cases a charge is made for assessment of APEL.

    Undergraduate courses

    If you wish your credit to be taken into consideration, apply to Brookes as normal, either through UCAS or by applying directly. Just make sure to specify the CATS points to be considered by including them on your form under qualifications and in the personal statement. More information and transcripts will be required once your application has been submitted.

    Postgraduate courses

    Admission with credit is available to the majority of the University’s taught postgraduate programmes. You can be given credit either through APL or APEL. Brookes also recognises certain professional qualifications awarded by bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the English Nursing Board (ENB).

    Your first step is to contact the Admissions Tutor for the course you wish to study to establish whether there is a basis for proceeding.