ADMISSION PROCEDURE

The ISLES has two major intakes for diploma, undergraduate and graduate studies in December and June. ISLES will make public of all courses offered for the upcoming academic year in December and June. ISLES may from time to time make public of short courses offered at various faculties. Application forms may be downloaded from the ISLES website or be obtained from the ISLES customer relations desk.

Once submitted application forms are processed, ISLES will make public of the successful candidates selected fro the courses. ISLES would also make contact with the successful applicants and inform of the next phase involved in course registration. The ISLES has the discretion to not contact unsuccessful applicants. Applicants are strongly advised to check the ISLES website and their emails accounts for response from the ISLES.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning will generally fall into two categories.

  • - The Recognition of Prior Accredited Learning. This is a term used to describe learning that has been undertaken previously by a student and which carries academic credit.
  • - The Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning. This term is often used to describe learning that has been accrued through life experience but which has a value, not necessarily in academic credit, to proposed courses of academic study.

In terms of courses of study offered by ISLES, all applications for the recognition of prior learning will be judged on their individual merits but decisions will be significantly influenced by the following guidance.

Recognition of Prior Accredited Learning – in determining whether credit for prior learning should be awarded to a candidate, ISLES staff must have sight and possession of the award for which credit is being sought. A decision on recognition will be based on the level of the award and its relation to the proposed course of study, the value of the learning credits and the relevance of the learning to the course of study for which the candidate is applying. Under no circumstances can credit be awarded that exceeds 50% of the credit worth for the course of study for which RPL is being applied for.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning – this term covers a wide and varied range of learning and activities, from educational, social through to work experience. All such experience may be worthy of academic credit towards a course of study but to determine whether it is or not, ISLES staff will require evidence of learning. Evidence of learning can be produced in many ways, most commonly is through a portfolio of learning activities each of which can be evidenced and supported as the work of the applicant. It is for ISLES staff to judge the value and appropriateness of the evidence supplied. Where recognition is offered, portfolios and other supplied evidence will be retained by ISLES and cannot be returned to the candidate.

Selection and Enrolment Procedures

Every educational programme offered by ISLES will have established criteria for student selection. Candidates for enrolment will only be considered as suitable if they meet that stated criteria.

The criteria for selection and enrolment should take account of the following:

  • - Relevant work or life experience
  • - Existing academic qualifications
  • - Academic ability and ambitions
  • - Ability to meet the financial and personal costs of study.
  • - English language skills

Work or life experience means that they can demonstrate an appropriate level of experience and a commitment to the course of study and the career choices that go with it.

Existing academic qualifications means that the candidate should be able to demonstrate an ability to study at the level selected, or to progress to that level. In evidence it is reasonable to expect that they have studied and succeeded at the level immediately prior to the one selected for study.

Academic ability and ambitions means that a candidate should be able to convince an interviewer that they have the ability to study and that they have the desire to complete the course of study that they have selected.

Ability to meet the financial and personal costs of study.This criterion recognises that study involves time, desire, commitment and money. To successfully complete a course of study a candidate requires to match each of the qualities stated and the interview for enrolment should ensure that they have the opportunity to present a convincing argument in each area.

English Language skills.The vast majority of ISLES content will be delivered and assessed using the English language. It is of great importance therefore that all students are able to fully function in the academic environment using English language. The Institute reserves the right to use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an alternative testing mechanism to gauge the ability of prospective candidates to study with the Institute.