Keele University Quality Assurance

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The Quality Assurance team is responsible for operating the full range of quality processes, which are designed to safeguard academic standards and improve the quality of the student experience. The team works in support of academic colleagues in faculties and schools and our processes are regularly reviewed, taking account of external sector guidance, good practice and feedback to ensure their currency.
Further information about the University’s quality assurance processes can be found via the links below, with some additional quick links to key documents available on the right.

Programmes and Modules

Keele University conducts a series of processes to ensure the quality of the programmes offered, please click on the links below for more information on these processes.

Guidance for staff on curriculum changes in light of consumer law requirements can be found here‌ (internal access only).

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process which enables people of all ages and backgrounds to receive recognition and formal credit for learning acquired in the past through formal study and through work and other life experiences.

The term APL encompasses both Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), definitions are offered in the definitions section of the Policy (see link below).

Keele University recognised three circumstances under which a claim for APL may be made, they are as follows:

  • Admission onto a programme
  • Admission onto a programme with advanced standing
  • Module exemption

Key Documents

APL Policy – details of the University’s Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

APL Application Form


For queries about submitting an APL claim, please contact the Admissions Tutors of the relevant School.

For queries about accessing and processing an APL claim, please contact one of the following and ensure your email is clearly marked “APL claim”:

  • Admission onto a programme and Admission onto a programme with advanced standing, email
  • Module exemption, email

Appeals against APL decisions

For queries regarding an appeal in relation to an APL claim, please contact the Head of Governance and Quality Assurance, email