Accredited prior learning

Are you a prospective MA student with previous postgraduate-level study?
You might be able to receive credits for your previous study towards your MA with us.
This page explains more about accredited prior learning (APL).

Can I make an APL application?

For the MA in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare, we are able to give credits for a Masters level module taken in the previous five years that repeated, in large part, the content of a module on the MA in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare.

For example, if you completed a Research Methods in Education module in 2009/10 as part of another postgraduate degree, or perhaps completed a major assessment on the Teaching of Shakespeare as part of a module, you may wish to enquire about an APL application as part of your application for the MA in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare.

How do I make an APL application?

Apply to us as normal, using the University of Warwick's admissions system. At the same time, you also need to submit an APL application form which can be downloaded from the University's website:
APL application form (PDF 73KB) »

What is the University of Warwick APL policy?

As a general guide, the University of Warwick’s APL policy allows consideration of FHEQ level 7 (M level) credits towards a Masters level programme, to a maximum of 33% of a 180 credit MA/MSc.

The modules/courses being APLed need to map very closely onto modules on the MA/MSc to which the application is being made, and need to have been completed within the last five years. 

APL requests are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Graduate Studies, as part of the application process. Please read the University's policy for further information, and download a copy of the APL application form:
Univeristy of Warwick APL policy (webpage) »
APL application form (PDF 73KB) »

I'm not sure if my previous study would be eligible as APL - how can I decide?

Read the module descriptions for the MA Pathway carefully.
If you have completed a module which seems very close to one of the MA Pathway modules, contact the Programme Team to discuss. For some specific cases, see guidance below:

  • Graduate or current student of the PGCE in English with Drama or Drama with English from the University of Warwick? 
    You may be eligible for a maximum of 30 credits. Contact the Programme Team to discuss further.
  • Graduate of the Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Shakespeare (LPN route with the RSC/University of Warwick)?  
    Contact the Programme Team to discuss your route through the MA.
  • Graduate or current student on a PGCE or equivalent in English or Drama? 
    Please read the module descriptions for the MA Pathway carefully.
    If you have completed a module which seems very close to one of the MA Pathway modules, contact the Programme Team to discuss.
  • Prospective student of the Warwick PGCE in English with Drama or Drama with English? 
    Please contact Rachel Dickinson (Course leader).