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Academic credit

Find out more about credit – the method by which the University normally quantifies and specifies student achievement.

The majority of the awards that the University offers are credit rated under the University’s Academic Regulations and Procedures (section C4).

Credit awarded may also be rated in accordance with the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) and recorded using the ECTS conversion method by the University.

Credit may be accumulated through the normal route of registering with the University to study credit-rated modules. Alternatively, credit may be awarded or achieved through the recognition of prior learning as Prior Certificated Learning also known as Accredited Learning (AL), or Prior Experiential Learning also known as Accredited Experiential Learning (AEL).

Prior Experiential Learning/Accredited Experiential Learning (AEL)

AEL is defined as learning which has been ‘…achieved through experience gained by an individual outside formalised learning arrangements and where the learning outcomes are open to assessment by the University’. 

If you are registered for a UWE Bristol programme and you think you have work experience which covers everything you will learn on one or more modules, you can apply to your faculty to have your work experience assessed and, if you pass the assessment, you will be awarded UWE Bristol credit.

The assessment may require you to collect and present evidence of your learning in a ‘portfolio’ or, where appropriate, you may be assessed by formal examination.


You should be aware that there are some restrictions on the amount of recognised prior learning (AL and AEL) that can contribute to a UWE Bristol award.

These are set out in the University's academic regulations and procedures (section C12–C13).

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