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Developing a Portfolio for Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: February 2022
Led by our supportive staff, this course will help prepare you to APEL onto a programme of study and demonstrate the academic skills to fulfil the requirements of the University.
BNU is a leading provider in continuing professional development (CPD) training.
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Why study this subject?

You'll benefit from studying this course at BNU if you're a Healthcare professional looking to expand your knowledge in order to progress onto a degree programme.

What will I study?

This course will enable you to reflect upon your learning from a variety of perspectives and document your experiences in an academic piece of work that'll be the basis of your portfolio.

Your academic skills will be formatively assessed at the beginning of the module and developed through a number of different teaching strategies. The principles of research knowledge are examined, and you'll be guided to use research effectively within your written work.

This short course will enable you to develop your reflective skills in order to deepen your clinical, professional and academic knowledge.

You'll consider how formal and experiential learning has developed your practice and then apply this theory, helping you to identify gaps in your knowledge or experience. These gaps can then be addressed in your personal development plan (PDP) for the future.

On successful completion of this module you'll have developed your knowledge and skills in academic writing, presenting to a group, research methods, and prepared a portfolio of evidence to be submitted to the CATS committee for approval of admission onto a degree programme. 

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022


The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

Course leader

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Ruth Trout
  • Senior Lecturer
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