At Halmstad University, you can apply for validation of prior learning for entry requirements and credit transfer. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions and validation information.
Frequently asked questions about validation
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What is validation?
Validation is a process that involves a structured assessment, evaluation, and documentation, as well as a recognition of knowledge and skills a person possesses regardless of how they were acquired. (Source: The Validation Delegation's final report: SOU 2019: 69 Validation - for competence supply and lifelong learning)
Validation mainly consists of two parts, a mapping phase and an assessment phase that ends with recognition in a decision.
The purpose of validation in higher education can be to:
- Fulfill the entry requirements for education. We will assess based on qualifications other than formal grades.
- Credit transfer for a whole or part of a course. We will do an equivalence assessment against the learning outcomes in the course syllabus to see if you fulfill the learning outcomes. A credit transfer can shorten the time in your studies, so you do not need to study what you already know. Keep in mind that there are often gaps in the education plan if you can credit yourself with a course.
What is prior learning?
Prior learning means the actual knowledge and skills that an individual possesses, regardless of how, when, or where it has been developed. Prior learning constitutes a separate basis for eligibility for education within the University and formal eligibility through grades. Assessment of prior learning in these contexts refers to the applicant's ability to assimilate the education.
A person can apply for an assessment of prior learning to qualify through, for example:
- Work experience – employment or self-employment.
- Education – within the formal education system, such as upper secondary school or adult education. Also, education outside the traditional education system. For example, internal and staff training, study circles, etc.
- Non-profit work – association activities, political involvement, or the like.
- Other experiences – such as parenting and family life, caring for a relative, or military service.
Do I need to validate my prior learning?
If you are prevented from applying for studies or work because you do not have formal qualifications, validation of prior learning can help you move forward. You may not have the qualifications required for education or employment. Investigate the possibilities for validation with the education provider that offers the education you are interested in. To apply for validation before credit transfer, you must be a student or have been a student at the relevant higher education institution. Student refers to those who are admitted to and conduct university studies.
What will be the result of validation?
The result of an assessment in a validation process is a decision on approval, partial approval, or denial. The decision is registered as a credit transfer (TG) in Ladok (a national study administration IT system) if approved or partially approved. Ladok states what the credit is based on and what it corresponds to in the current content and extent. The credit can then be included in a degree.
Do I get grades after a validation?
No, the result will be a credit transfer (TG) and not a specific grade. TG means that there is a recognition regarding the corresponding knowledge and skills as the learning outcomes. Each course has grading criteria linked to the learning outcomes. The knowledge assessed in a validation does not have predetermined goals that can link to grading criteria in the same way.
What happens to my student finance if I am allowed to transfer higher education credits?
You can only receive student grants and loans if you study a course and not for credited courses/educations.
How do I apply for validation for entry requirements and credit transfer?
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through a digital application form. The application form is sent to you via email when you contact email@example.com
Start from our course syllabus, learnings outcomes and course content, when you describe your previous learning linked to the current course. Your application will be a self-assessment that describes WHAT you did and HOW you did it, all related to the syllabus you want to validate.
For more information and support with the application, contact the coordinator for validation to credit transfer at Halmstad University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When can I apply for validation?
The Admissions Service must receive the documents no later than the last date to apply for higher education; see further information at antagning.se
Any time during the year. Applications for validation of prior learning to credit transfer usually are processed and decided within two months after the complete application is received.
What does the validation process look like at Halmstad University?
First, the University maps and reviews your application, and if something is missing, we will contact you for additions. The assessment is made by the education officer in collaboration with those responsible for education. When the equivalence assessment is complete, you will be notified of the result, if you are eligible for the specific course you have applied for or not.
First, the University maps and reviews your application, and if something is missing, we will contact you for complementary additions. The assessment is done by the course coordinator or the person who has subject knowledge in the course you are applying for to credit. You are assessed based on learning outcomes to see if you have the equivalent knowledge. We weigh level, scope, quality and focus on your knowledge and skills. The assessor chooses a suitable assessment method. When the assessment is complete, you will receive a decision. The result can be approval, partial approval, or rejection.
How is the assessment done?
An education administrator assesses your prior learning based on eligibility requirements and your opportunities to assimilate you – manage to study the education you have applied for. If necessary, the case will be sent to those responsible for the training for help with assessment.
A subject-skilled assessor reviews the application based on the learning outcomes and dimensions, scope, quality, and focus. Sometimes the assessment is supplemented with an assessment method, oral, written, or practical assignments to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills that correspond to the course's main content and learning outcomes.
How long does it take until I am notified?
The processing time is between one and three months, but notice always comes before the first selection.
Applications for validation of prior learning aiming to credit transfer are usually processed and decided within two months of the complete application will be received.
Can I get prior notice?
Entry requirements: Yes
Credit transfer: No.
Assessment of foreign education
Do you have a foreign education and are applying for a job or education in Sweden? In the Swedish Council for Higher Education’s assessment service, you will get to know directly what your education corresponds to in Sweden.
You can also apply for a statement from the Swedish Council for Higher Education, which evaluates foreign qualifications.
If you have completed a qualification and want to plan how to continue studying in Sweden, you can apply for an evaluation – but you don’t need to wait for a statement before applying to higher education.
You can apply for an evaluation of foreign:
- high school education
- post-secondary vocational training
- academic education.