Newman University MA Education

Newman University, Birmingham, offers the opportunity for those who have undertaken in-depth, sustained CPD through participation in the licensed CatholicLinks Leadership Programmes to pursue a route to gain credits towards a master’s degree, based on their reflections on this work.

Further information has been especially prepared by Newman University for participants on CatholicLinks Leadership Programmes here:

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is a process by which learning gained outside academic education or training is assessed and, as appropriate, recognised for academic purposes. Supporting evidence is required to show learning. Typically, in-depth, sustained CPD undertaken can gain masters level credits if you produce evidence mapped to their Newman’s master’s level assessment criteria.

Evidence submitted must meet the criteria for appropriate modules; evidence is usually best presented as an assignment, but may also be presented as a portfolio or recorded verbal presentation.

An MA Education consists of 180 credits. According to national regulations students may claim up to half of the award (i.e. 90 credits) via APEL. This then means that the student will need to complete the other credits within the taught modules.

A maximum of £450 is charged for APEL. The exact fee charged depends upon the length of time needed for assessment i.e. if the student’s evidence clearly meets the assessment criteria then the full fee will not be charged.

To gain master’s level credits via APEL the participant on any licensed CatholicLinks Leadership Programme must become a student within the University.

For further information email and / or visit

Newman University
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
B32 3NT
Tel: +44(0)121 476 1181

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