Accreditation of Prior Learning

The London Graduate School is a Tuition Provider for the Commonwealth Unviersity and the Island Open University, Belize. Both Institutions have a policy of recognising credits gained through other means, such as courses attended and on-the-job training schemes.

The Commonwealth University  and the Island Open University may recognise the skills and qualifications which candidates may have gained through other training programmes. Under this scheme a candidate may be granted credits for what is already learnt.

Recognition can be granted for previous studies, works demonstrated competencies and life experience. Recognition means that you do not have to study and pass examinations in all the subjects/modules in the course you want to do, or that your qualifications and skills are accepted for entry into the Commonwealth University and the Island Open University courses.

To receive recognition for your previous study or experience you must be able to provide documentary evidence of your qualifications or you must be able to demonstrate your skills.

Evidence of Prior Learning

You will need to provide evidence such as certificates, academic records or written documentation of your skills, your work experience or other evidence that may support your claim. In some cases, the Commonwealth University and the Island Open University may accept a statutory declaration where written information is not available, provided the conditions listed under Section B below are met.

A. Recognition for Advanced Standing
Advanced standing means having recognition for previous studies or work experience so that you do not do all the subjects/modules in the course you are applying for. You can only apply for advanced standing after you have enrolled in the Commonwealth University and the Island Open University programmes.

•  Once you have enrolled in a course, talk to your Academic Adviser/staff about how your skills and qualifications compare to specific programme skills and qualifications in the relevant Commonwealth University and the Island Open University programmes. Your Academic Adviser will provide you with written advice where appropriate.

•  Talk to your Academic Adviser about how to get advanced standing for individual subjects/modules on the basis of your previously acquired skills and qualifications. Take with you:

•  Copies of your certificates and your academic transcripts

•  Other relevant documentation on your work or life experience

•  Any written advice that you have received on how your previously acquired skills and qualifications compare to Commonwealth University and the Island Open University qualifications.

•  If you cannot provide sufficient documentary evidence, you may be asked to do a challenge test or participate in an interview before you are given advanced standing. A challenge test is a test that allows you to demonstrate your skills.

•  You may be required to submit essays or assignments as further evidence of your competence to back your request for advanced standing or Recognition of Prior Learning

B. Statutory Declaration for Students without Documentation
If for a serious reason you do not have documentation of your previous study or work experience, the University may accept a statutory declaration. You need to obtain a statutory declaration from the High Court. Include in the declaration as much information as possible about your studies or work experience such as:

•  The reason why you do not have copies of your certificates

•  Name of completed qualification

•  Year the qualification was awarded

•  Duration of study (in days, weeks, months or years)

•  Courses and subjects studied

•  Work experience including duties related to the course you are applying for

•  Places of work and dates

•  Years of experience

•  Type of equipment used in work where applicable

You must attach the signed statutory declaration to your application.

How Students Study for the Commonwealth University and the Island Open University Programmes
The Commonwealth University and the Island Open University programmes are offered to meet the needs of mature adults who desire to improve their knowledge in their area of employment or who wish to acquire a new qualification to enable them make a career adjustment.

Recognition can be granted to students who have acquired knowledge and skills through previous training, work and life experience. Where this is granted, the student is granted credits in the specific courses.

Students may study through any one or a combination of these methods:

•  Independent self study under an Academic Adviser

•  Regular Courses at Polytechnics, Universities or similar institutions

•  In-Service programmes in the Civil Service

•  Relevant Military Training

•  On-the-job Training in Companies

•  Self-Development in related areas

•  Short intensive Courses organised by recognised consultants or training institutions

•  Courses taken with professional institutes

Projects
As part of the programme, the student is required to submit a project on a relevant topic of his or her choice. The topic is usually selected in consultation with the Academic Adviser