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What is APEL.A?

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for the purposes of Access into a programme of study under the various Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) levels. It provides an alternative pathway for adults who lack formal education to gain access to undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

APEL.A Policy

The policies related to the APEL.A are as follows:

  • A is applicable to local and international applicants who do not meet the regular entry requirements imposed by academic programmes at any MQF level.
  • Applicants applying for entry via the APEL.A must meet the minimum age requirements stipulated for the various levels of qualifications.
  • Applicants must fulfil the minimum formal qualifications stipulated, for the Master’s and Doctorate levels.
  • Applicants applying for entry via the APEL.A must have prior experiential learning.

How to make an APEL.A application?

  • Application must be made through APEL MQA portal at https://www2.mqa.gov.my/apel_a/ OR any APEL Assessment Centre (Pusat Penilaian APEL – PPA terbuka).
  • Candidates are advised to make the APEL.A application six (6) months prior to the admission to the programme of studies.
  • All applicants are subjected to an appropriate APEL.A assessment. This may lead to the granting of access to a programme. A successful APEL.A application may then allow a student to apply for enrolment in any Higher Learning Institutions.

The APEL.A is applicable to both local and international applicants. However, international applicants are responsible to ensure that the recognition of prior experiential learning is acceptable to the regulatory bodies in their home countries.

Applicants must comply with the admission criteria stipulated below for entry via the APEL.A:

a)   Programme at MQF Level 8

   (Doctorate by Coursework, Mixed Mode and Fully Research-based)

i. At least 35 years of age in the year of application.

ii. Possess at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications (or those with higher qualifications, e.g., Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma).

 iii. Possess at least 5 years of relevant work experience after completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

iv. Pass the APEL.A assessment for Doctorate level.

b) Programme at MQF Level 7

   [Master (by Coursework, Mixed Mode and Fully Research- based), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate]

i. At least 30 years of age in the year of application.

ii. Possess at least an STPM/Diploma/equivalent qualification** (or those with higher qualifications, e.g., Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma);

iii. Possess relevant work experience.

iv. Pass the APEL.A assessment for Master’s level.

**For International Qualifications Equivalency, learners may refer to the document entitled “The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student” on the MQA website https://www.mqa.gov.my/pv4/nilai_taraf.cfm

c)   Programme at MQF Level 6

(Bachelor, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate)

i. At least 21 years of age in the year of application.

ii. Possess relevant work experience.

iii. Pass the APEL.A assessment for Bachelor’s degree level.

d)  Programme at MQF Level 5 and Level 4

     (Advanced Diploma and Diploma)

i. At least 20 years of age in the year of application.

ii. Possess relevant work experience.

iii. Pass the APEL.A assessment for Diploma level

e)   Programme at MQF Level 3

     (Certificate)

i. At least 19 years of age in the year of application.

ii. Possess relevant work experience.

iii. Pass the APEL.A assessment for certificate level.

 

Note: For the work experience condition, only applicants applying for programmes at the MQF Level 8 will be required to have at least a minimum of five (5) years’ work experience. A minimum of five (5) years’ work experience must be acquired after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree programme. For the rest of the MQF Levels, the number of years of work experience is not stipulated and may vary.

Reference: (Guideline to Good Practices: Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Access (APEL.A) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Micro-credentials (APEL.M), First Edition 2023)

Further information can be found at https://www2.mqa.gov.my/portalapela/

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