Credit Award

Find out how to leverage your prior experience to shorten the study duration through Accredition of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Earn course credits and graduate faster

Wish to complete your studies faster and graduate earlier? With APEL.C, you can earn up to 30% of your course credits by providing evidence that your prior experiential learning matches the Course Learning Outcomes of your programme. If you successfully complete the APEL.C assessment, you can:

  • do less coursework
  • save money
  • enjoy a shorter study duration

APEL.C is available for most OUM courses. You are eligible to apply if you have working experience or prior experiential learning that is relevant to a particular course. Please refer to your programme’s course information web page to find out which courses are eligible for APEL.C.

  1. Faculty of Business and Management
  2. Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences
  3. Faculty of Education
  4. Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


Diploma (Level 4) Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6) Master’s Degree (Level 7)
30% from programme structure = 27 credits 30% from programme structure = 36 credits 30% from programme structure = 12 credits
Equivalent to about 9 courses Equivalent to about 12 courses Equivalent to about 4 courses
Shorten duration of study by 3 semesters Shorten duration of study by 4 semesters Shorten duration of study by 1 semester

APEL.C in 3 steps

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Prior Preparation

Application and Assessment

Credit Award



Identify the courses for which you would like to use APEL.C. Submit details of your relevant prior learning and working experiences for each course for review.

Application and Assessment

Our advisor will review your submission and advise you accordingly. Be on alert for important deadlines for application, test and/or portfolio submission in myOUM’s Announcement section. Upon successful application, you can attempt the APEL.C assessment.

Credit Award

If you pass the APEL.C assessment, you will be awarded credits for the course(s), which will enable you to complete your studies earlier than usual.
Important notes:
  • Courses that have been awarded credits will not be included in the calculation of your CGPA.
  • If you fail the assessment, for any particular course, you need to register to undertake that course

What is your next step?

Know more about how we determine relevant work experience/prior experiential learning by visiting the Guiding Principles page.

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."

― Eleanor Roosevelt


Contact APEL Centre or visit any of 35 OUM learning centres across the country.