APEL / APLA Bridging process for 2017

This section of the website is to provide information about the APEL/APLA Bridging process for 2017. It explains who it is aimed at, what the process involves, when it is available, how you apply, how much it costs and possible questions you might have about the process.


1. Who is it aimed at?

It is aimed at individuals who have successfully completed the Certificate in Education and Training (CET) or equivalent qualification and who possess sufficient relevant experience of teaching and training in the Lifelong Learning sector. It provides an opportunity to enter the second year of our in-service initial teacher education programme for the Lifelong learning sector if you are prepared to undertake additional work within a given timescale. The additional work is at level 5, a level above the work you will have completed for the CET (or its equivalent), and so the Bridging process is for those who are prepared to read more widely than they may have done for the CET and think and write critically about the teaching, learning and assessment of their subject specialism.

Individuals who have only an Award in Education and Training may not apply and should apply for the first year of the in-service programme.


2. What does the process involve?

APEL stands for Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning and APLA stands for Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement. Your Certificate in Education and Training (or equivalent) fulfils the APLA element of the process and your teaching and training experience meet the APEL element.

The Bridging process requires  you to complete  six tasks , equivalent to 30 credits at level 5, within a specified time scale, to ‘bridge’ the gap between the knowledge and skills you have at the moment and those accrued by trainee teachers who have successfully completed the first year of our programme. These tasks are producing a profile of yourself, undertaking a self-assessment against the 2014 Professional Standards and identifying areas for development; being observed teaching, demonstrating you have taught a minimum of 50 hours (as part of the CET or since then); a 2,000 word critical account of the theories, principles and policies relevant to the subject specialism you teach and how they influence your teaching; A 1,500 word reflection on how you have been learning to teach your subject specialism and the people, literature, values and principles that have shaped your teaching  to date. We provide a total of three hours tutorial time to support you with the tasks and uploading your work to PebblePad, the University’s electronic portfolio.

You will need also to identify a mentor (preferably from your workplace) who can support you through the process and who will undertake one observation of your teaching/training. Ideally, the person you choose should be someone who can continue to be your mentor if you successfully complete the process and join the second year of the course.

You will submit your portfolio when it is ready for assessment, your tutor will then assess it and make a decision as to whether or not you have satisfactorily completed the requirements of the Bridging process. If you have, you will receive an email to confirm this and you can then apply to join the second year of our in-service course at your preferred Consortium centre. The full 60 credits for the first year of the course are awarded at the end of the course (along with the 60 credits for the second year).

If you are unsuccessful, then you will receive an email to advise you to apply to join the first year of our in-service course at your preferred Consortium centre.


3. What is the Application criteria?

To apply for the Bridging process you need to able to fulfil all of the following 5 criteria:

  1. Successfully completed a Certificate in Education and Training (CET) or equivalent (formerly CTLLS) OR will have successfully completed it before you start of the APEL Bridging Programme;
  2. Possess a recognised level 3 qualification in the subject specialism you will be teaching in Year 2 of our in-service programme;
  3. Access to sufficient teaching to fulfil the assessment requirements within the assessment window, i.e. You need to be able to demonstrate you have undertaken a minimum of 50 hours teaching either as part of your CET or as a result of doing additional teaching hours above the 30 (or  more) you have done for the CET;
  4. Be teaching at least one hour within your chosen assessment window to fulfil the requirement of an observed taught class;
  5. Have access to a mentor who can observe your taught class.


4. When is the process available?

There will be two windows of opportunity to complete the process - please see the dates below.

Process windowProcess StartApplication closeProcess Complete
Window 1 - CLOSED Tue, 2nd May, 2017 Mon, 15th May, 2017 Mon, 10th July, 2017
or Window 2* - CLOSED Mon, 26th June, 2017 Mon, 11th September, 2017 Fri, 29th September, 2017

 * NB Support may not be available between 24th July and 29th August

If you do not complete the process within the first window you will have to re-register and pay again unless there is suitable evidence to justify an extension. If you are unable to complete the process within the second window, you will normally be required to re-enrol the following year and pay again or you may join the first year of our in-service programme. All extension requests must be emailed to etc@hud.ac.uk for consideration by the Director of the Education and Training Consortium within five working days of the date the window being closed.


5. How do I apply?

You need to make an initial application to register for the process by applying online.

You can submit your application from Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017 until midnight of Monday, 15th May, 2017 (for the first Bridging window) or from Monday, 26th June, 2017 until midnight of Monday, 11th September, 2017 (for the second; support may not be available between 24th July and 29th August, 2017).

Your application will then be reviewed and you will normally be informed within 48 hours of applying if you have been accepted. If you are accepted, we will send you a link to the online store so you can pay the non-refundable fee of £390. Once we have received your payment, we will set up an e-portfolio for you and allocate you a tutor to support you through the process.


6. How much will it cost?

The charge for 2017 is a non-refundable £390 and payment is made using an online facility (details will be given after registration). Your fee pays for access to the resources on the web site, three hours of tutorial support, and assessment of your work during the window of assessment you have enrolled for.


7. Can a candidate take a year out after completing the APEL/APLA Bridging process?

Yes, you can take a year out after successfully completing the APEL/APLA Bridging process. You would need to demonstrate to the Consortium centre manager that they have kept up to date and, possibly, have continued teaching in the interim year.


8. How long does/can it take to complete the APEL/APLA Bridging process?

The process requires you to work intensively on a number of pieces of work that will require you about 45 hours to complete. Most candidates complete the process in 4-6 weeks, though this depends on the amount of time you have available to work with your tutor, your mentor and build your portfolio. If you are anxious about completing the Bridging process during the window you have enrolled for, contact your tutor in the first instance.


9. I had applied last year. Should I complete a new application form this year?

Yes. The Bridging process has been updated and we need some additional information from you. So please submit a new application.

If you have any further queries please email etc@hud.ac.uk.

Last updated Wednesday 13 September 2017
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