Applicants can be admitted with an ‘exemption’ from taking one or more of the standard parts of their Brunel programme, if they can demonstrate that they have already achieved the related learning outcomes through their prior studies or experiences, either at Brunel or elsewhere. Exemptions may be granted for Prior Certificated Learning (where you have already achieved an award certificate in a relevant area), through credit accumulation or credit transfer (for university-level module credit previously achieved), or as Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (where previous practical experience, typically in the workplace, has allowed you to demonstrably meet the learning outcomes expected). Such knowledge should normally have been gained within the last five years, and remain current.
The University’s Exemptions policy gives full details about this, with specific rules also detailed in Senate Regulations 2 (for Undergraduates) and 3 (for Postgraduates). Restrictions apply as to how much of any programme may be exempted. Applicants wishing to ask for an exemption must fill out an Exemption request form and follow the process set out in the policy, returning the form to the Admissions Office so that any exemptions can be formally agreed and recorded.