Students can demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course or by applying for accreditation of learning.
Accreditation refers to the approval of learning as a part of the current degree, a study module or a course as compulsory or free-choice studies. Learning is primarily used to compensate for compulsory studies and after that for free-choice studies. Students may have acquired learning before or during their studies through studies completed elsewhere, work experience or recreational activities. Forms of accreditation include substitution and incorporation. Substitution requires contentual equivalence and in incorporation learning is included as part of a degree for example as optional or free-choice studies. (See figure 1.) Accredited learning is considered equal to learning acquired at OUAS.
Figure 1. Demonstration of learning
The student may apply for accreditation of learning at the beginning, during or at the final stage of his/her studies. For example at the final stage of their studies he/she has the opportunity to advance the completion of the degree with learning that hasn’t yet been accredited in the form of credits.
The student is given guidance in the accreditation process by the study advisor, teacher tutor, head of the degree programme, teacher responsible for the option or the teacher of the course and consultation from the staff of the Study Affairs Office. The student starts the accreditation process and is responsible for the demonstration of his/her learning and the submission of the required information.
The student assesses his/her learning acquired in different ways. He/she familiarizes him/herself with the learning objectives specified in the curriculum and analyses the connections between his/her learning and the learning outcomes. He/she also discusses with the teacher of the course or the head of the degree programme how he/she can to describe and demonstrate his/her learning, for example in one or more of the following ways
The student fills in the accreditation proposal in accordance with the practice followed at the school (in electronic personal study plans (eHOPS) or with a form). See instructions for the accreditation of studies completed abroad during degree studies [.pdf].
The student demonstrates his/her learning in a way agreed upon with the head of the degree programme/teacher of the course. The student can request that learning is credited towards course study modules, individual courses or parts of courses. The decision on accreditation and the recording of a successfully completed course or part of a course in the study attainment register is made within three weeks of the demonstration of learning. The student has the opportunity to request rectification on a negative accreditation decision from the Degree Board of Examiners.
Decisions concerning the language proficiency required of students who have received their school education abroad or in some language other than Finnish or Swedish, and their maturity tests are made by the university of applied sciences (Decree 352/03 § 8 and 10, Amendments to Decree 497/04 § 8 and Decree 423/05 § 10).The language proficiency of such students and the language in which they are required to take the maturity test are decided by the rector. The university of applied sciences can for a special reason exempt a student from all or some of the prescribed language proficiency requirements (Decree 352/03 § 8). Decisions on exemptions from language proficiency requirements are made by the rector.
In the accreditation of learning the policy definitions included in rector’s decision 8 February 2012 § 12 are taken into account. See Process of Recognition and Accreditation of Learning [.pdf].