The Award of Credit within the West of Scotland DipSW
Students can make claims against the whole of Part One of the DipSW. Modules cannot
be claimed separately, as claims are against all the learning and competence outcomes
for Part One of the Programme. Four Options have been identified which specify
the required contents of the Portfolio according to the circumstances of the candidate
- these are explained below
Applications to the scheme
Information regarding the AP(E)L scheme will be included in the publicity
materials which are circulated to prospective DipSW students prior to their application
to join the programme (e.g. CCETSW, Consortium or institutional publicity materials).
This will include information that small numbers of applicants in participating
institutions who meet the selection criteria for the AP(E)L scheme may be invited
by the institution to consider making a claim.
Students need first to be accepted on to the programme by an institution
through the existing selection and admissions procedures (which include provision
for entry without formal qualifications) and to have completed all relevant checks.
There will be a named contact point within each institution to provide
information and advice to applicants within the selection process.
The AP(E)L contact person may advise the student that an invitation to
make an AP(E)L claim is unlikely, where, in their judgement, it is clearly inappropriate.
The institution will apply the selection criteria :
the student has the potential to claim credit for the whole of Part 1
of DipSW in terms of sufficiency of certificated learning and/or duration,
range and depth of reflection on experience, and will be
or 2) financed by an employer, or 3) attract an additional bursary
The institution will make a judgement and if space is available the student
is invited to participate in the scheme and is required to pay the relevant fees.
The full AP(E)L handbook is issued by the route /institution when the invitation