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Recognition of Prior Learning


Please note: These APL policies pertain to our MEd in SEND/SEND Programme. For information on APL policies for our MALIE programme, please contact us directly here.


Real Training is delighted to welcome delegates to the programme who have already been awarded credits at masters level (Level 7 credits) on another course. Transfer of credits will follow these principles:

Relevance: The completed course had learning outcomes which reflect the content of a module within the MEd SEND programme. The learning objectives from the completed course will need to be evidenced through documents outlining a detailed syllabus/course content. It is the responsibility of applicants to provide evidence of their qualifications and course content.
Evidence for recognition of prior learning (relevance + level) may include:

  • Academic qualification certificates for credit rated higher education programmes
  • Diploma supplements
  • Evidence of a NARIC report where non-UK qualifications are included

Recent completion: Credits should have been completed within the past 5 years. If more time than this has elapsed (up to one/two years), an application may be considered, but further supporting evidence would need to be submitted such as:

  • Evidence of certified continuing professional development
  • A critical evaluation of how learning currency has been maintained
  • Evidence of professional practice projects that demonstrate the currency of learning
  • An interview-based on professional practice.

Qualifications awarded more than 7 years ago are unlikely to be approved for credit transfer.

Academic credits at Level 7/Masters: Recent and relevant qualifications from all other Higher Education Institutions (UK/EU or International) will be considered. Where the credits were awarded from an overseas provider, costs are likely to be incurred by the applicant for ENIC equivalence checking.

We do not consider “prior experiential learning” or qualifications where no academic credit has been awarded, even if the qualification is said to be “equivalent to” a certain number of credits or named postgraduate award.


Level 7 credits from previously completed modules or PGCert or PGDip awards cannot be used in more than one RPL / transfer of credit application. Applicants will need to confirm that completed modules or awards have never been included in another award, or transferred to another M level programme at another institution.

A maximum of two-thirds of the credits for any final exit award can be obtained through APL or transfer of credit. Therefore, delegates will need to consider the intended exit point from the SEND programme, i.e.:

  • A delegate intending to exit the SEND programme with 60 credits (a PGCert) can have a maximum of 40 credits included by APL.
  • A delegate intending to exit the SEND programme with 120 credits (a PGDip) can have a maximum of 80 credits included by APL.
  • A delegate intending to exit the SEND programme with 180 credits (an MEd) can have a maximum of 120 credits included by APL.

Please note that the MEd SEND has 30 credit modules, and we can only accept the transfer of credit where the previous credit value is equal to or greater than the value of our equivalent module/s. e.g. 20 credits could not be transferred in on their own, 40 credits could be transferred in, but as equivalent to one 30 credit module.

Credits that have already been used towards an award (PGCert, PGDip Masters etc.) cannot be brought in separately, as credits can only be used toward one current award; previous awards that are transferred in are relinquished.

Additional considerations:

Transfer of credit for the National Award for SEN Coordination

Delegates who have completed the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASCO) course with either Real Training or another provider will be able to transfer these 60 credits onto the MEd programme. NB: Evidence of the completed 60 credits being awarded will be required if NASCO was completed with another provider, but the transcript of course content is not necessary.

Transfer of credit for Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)

Delegates who have completed the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) and have been registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a qualified test user on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) can enrol onto the Masters level programmes as though they have 30 masters level credits (equivalent to M02).

Transfer of credit for National Professional Qualification for Headship/Senior Leadership (NPQH NPQSL)

60 credits can be transferred into the SEND programme for any student who completes the NPQH or NPQSL qualifications with Real Training.

Where the candidate does hold an NPQH/NPQSL award with Level 7 credits from another University, the candidate will be eligible for that credit to transfer into  MEd or PGDIP (up to a maximum value of 60 credits).

Whist NPQH and NPQSL are nationally-recognised qualifications,  they do not necessarily confer Level 7 credits as this depends on the individual NPQ provider’s arrangements for awarding Level 7 credit. Where the delegate has evidence of obtaining the relevant NPQSL/NPQH qualification but no credits have been awarded by the NPQSL/NPQH provider, the candidate may join the programme as if they have 30 masters level credits.

Students who use these NPQ courses towards the Real Training SEND programme would not be able to bring in credits from the National Award for SEN Coordination, or International Award for SEN Coordination as those modules’ Learning Outcomes are closely aligned with NPQSL and NPQH and as such both can not be transferred in. Additionally, credits cannot be transferred in for both NPQH and NPQSL and courses should have been completed within the last 5 years to be considered.

Transfer of credit for Level 7 Dyslexia Action Training courses

60 or 120 Level 7 credits can be transferred into the SEND programme for any student who has completed modules with the Dyslexia Action Training Literacy and Dyslexia programme. Each DA Training Level 7 module is known to be accredited at 20 Masters credit value, meaning 3 modules equates to 60 credits, and 4 equates to 120 credits. Students who transfer in these DA Training Level 7 credits would not be able to study the Real Training Dyslexia or Assessment modules that most closely matched their prior qualification.

Applications will be considered by the SEND programme APL/RPL team which includes the Programme Leader, Deputy Programme Leader, and the Middlesex University Link Tutor.

Any queries about APL applications should be sent to admin@realgroup.co.uk