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Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience

What are Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience as well as Accreditation?

Recognition of prior learning and experience means that you are able to identify what you already know, allowing you to apply for accreditation of your competence (see Degree Regulations, Section 17). You may have acquired prior learning, or you may acquire it during your studies, in many different ways by studying in another institution of higher education, by working or by engaging in project or volunteer work.

At Jamk University of Applied Sciences, prior learning and experience can be recognised in three ways (see figure 1):

  1. accreditation (replacement and inclusion)
  2. recognition of informal learning
  3. studification.

Recognition of prior learning and experience at Jamk

Recognition of learning and experience at Jamk

By accrediting university-level studies completed elsewhere you are able to replace entire modules or individual courses in your degree programme or include them as part of your studies. Studies completed elsewhere must correspond with the level of the degree programme (EQF 6 or EQF 7).

Recognition of informal learning

The recognition of informal learning (prior to studies or during studies by studification) means that you try to understand and structure the competence you have acquired in relation to the learning objectives of the module or course. In order to be able to recognise, or accredit, the competence you have acquired as part of your studies you must describe and prove your competence. You may demonstrate your competence in the form of an interview, portfolio, learning diary, video, etc.


Studification is an alternative method of developing your competence on the module or course level. It refers to combining work or project studies, such as Future Factory activities, with your studies. You must draft a studification plan and document it in the manner agreed with the teacher.


Follow the steps below to apply for recognition of prior learning and experience. Forms for applying can be found on the Electronic Services web page.

Forms (Electronic Services)

What happens then?

The maximum processing time of the application by the teacher in charge is one month. If a student needs to add to the application, this should be done within two weeks of notification that additional information is needed. If additional information is not made available by the deadline, the application expires. The degree programmes define the handling of the applications and the timing in such a way that students are aware of them and are capable of planning their studies so that they will run smoothly, and to apply for accreditation sufficiently early.

The teacher in charge will evaluate the achievements put forward by the student in relation to the goals, and will decide on the accreditation on that basis. The teacher in charge can also require the student to present further evidence, or a demonstration, or call the student in for an interview. The teacher can also reject the application. The teacher in charge informs the Student Services Secretary and the Head of Department of the decision.

What if an application is not approved?

If the teacher in charge rejects the application, he or she shall explain the reasons in writing.

If the accreditation application is rejected, the student shall attend the classes.

A student who is dissatisfied with the decision can submit a written request for rectification from the teacher in charge. The request for rectification must be made within 14 days of the arrival of the decision. If the decision of the teacher in charge remains negative, the student may appeal to the Board of Examiners for rectification within 14 days of being informed in writing of the decision by the teacher in charge on the request for rectification.

Guidance and information

The career tutor (Bachelor's Degree students) or the head of programme (Master's Degree students) will provide guidance and support on accreditation as part of the PLP discussions. A key aim of the first PLP discussion is to ascertain the student's skills in relation to the goals of basic knowledge of the degree, and to guide the student in accreditation practices.

The issue of accreditation is discussed with the teacher in charge of the course.

Read more in the Degree Regulations