Credit Scheme

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This scheme allows individuals and companies to design flexible study programmes to suit their own business needs and obtain a higher qualification while remaining at work. Harper Adams' programmes are organised into modules and each module carries credit points.

By selecting from our range of over 300 university-based and work-based learning modules or by studying accredited short courses, you can design your own staff development programme and obtain an academic qualification at the same time.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Your staff may already have formal qualifications and many skills. The Harper Adams Credit Scheme will take into account skills and experience and providing that certain standards are met, give credit for prior learning. This means that in-house training courses and professional courses that until now have had little academic value, can be recognised. For example, the AMTRA exam attracts 30 credits.

Qualifications Available

Modules can be built into the following qualifications:

  • Certificate of Achievement (15 Credits)
  • Certificate of Higher Education (120 Credits)
  • Diploma of Higher Education (240 Credits)
  • Degree with Honours (360 Credits)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (120 Credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 Credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 Credits)
  • Masters Degree (180 Credits)

Associate Students

It is possible to study modules without registering for an award. The advantages of this to employers are that they can:

  • Update staff without the academic commitment
  • See what Higher Education is like before committing staff to a programme of study
  • Allow staff to pursue a subject of interest

Employers may want to offer a formal course to their staff as part of a personal development programme without an end qualification. Should the employee want to start working towards a qualification at a later date, successful completion of a module leads to a certificate of achievement, which may later be used as credit towards an award.