Accreditation of prior language learning
TAMK can allow direct credit transfer for language studies completed in Finnish or foreign higher education institutions within the previous ten years. If the earlier language studies related to a different field, the student will need to do some additional learning assignments related to the current field of study. The additional assignments are done in line with Finnish Legislation (e.g. Government Statute on Universities of Applied Sciences (2014/1129) and Act on Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003). To get credit transfer for earlier studies, students must submit the application together with the language study certificate(s) to the teacher of the course concerned before the course begins using the HyväHOT system.
Under the so-called Recognition and Validation of Prior Learning (RVPL) system, students also have the right to apply for recognition of competence acquired elsewhere regardless of where and how the competence has been acquired. To get RVPL credit, the student demonstrates that he/she has acquired the knowledge and skills outlined in the descriptions of the courses covered in the application. The language competence may be demonstrated by, for example, creating a portfolio of work, writing a learning diary, completing an oral and/or written assignment, taking an oral and/or written exam. The language teacher concerned specifies the form which the language demonstration should take. Students should submit the application to the teacher of the course concerned before the course begins using the HyväHOT system.
Further information on credit transfer and recognition of prior learning can be found in the degree regulations (18 §).
CREDIT TRANSFER FOR LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Credit transfer for formal learning
1. The credit transfer system applies to all language and communication studies required for any degree programme at TAMK.
2. For students starting a master’s degree at TAMK, Finnish and Swedish language and communication studies included in a previous bachelor’s degree in an equivalent or related field can be accredited in full.
3. If a student has demonstrated the required level of language competence for the TAMK degree programme on which he/she is enrolled by completing language and communication studies of the same level (according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages) and with equivalent learning outcomes in an equivalent or related field in another higher education institution in Finland (or abroad – see point 5 below), language credit can be registered in full for the current degree programme, regardless of minor differences in extent.
4. If a student has completed language and communication studies in a Finnish higher education institution in a different field of study from the one which he/she is currently studying at TAMK, and in these earlier studies has demonstrated a level of competence required for the current degree, the student is recommended to cover possible gaps in his/her professional language and communication competence by completing additional field-specific language studies. The grade(s) originally awarded by the previous higher education institution will be accepted by TAMK without change. The same policies on field-specific communication competence and grading also apply to the domestic languages – Finnish and Swedish.
5. If a student has demonstrated the required level of language competence for the TAMK degree programme on which he/she is enrolled by completing language and communication studies of the same level (according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages) and with equivalent learning outcomes in an equivalent or related field in a foreign higher education institution, language credit can be registered in full for the current degree programme, regardless of minor differences in extent.
If a student has completed courses other than language studies abroad, the credit earned cannot automatically be accepted as fulfilling the language study requirements for the degree programme at TAMK. The credit cannot, therefore, be transferred as such. However, if the course(s) included a clearly recognisable language and communication component, and if the learning outcomes match those specified for the foreign language studies of the degree programme at TAMK, an appropriate amount of credit may be transferred as partial compensation for required language studies at TAMK.
6. The head of the degree programme at TAMK makes the decision on credit transfer for formal learning, after taking into consideration the opinions of the language and communication teachers concerned.
Recognition and validation of language and communication competence acquired non-formally and informally
1. Under certain conditions, language and communication proficiency requirements specified for degrees at TAMK can be fulfilled by a so-called demonstration of acquired competence.
2. Students who have non-formally or informally acquired language and communication competence equivalent to the requirements stipulated in the curriculum for the degree concerned, have the possibility to get credit by demonstrating their competence. To do this, the student must analyse his/her existing competence, comparing it in scope, content, and level with the objectives laid out in the curriculum for the target course(s). The demonstration of acquired competence given by the student has to be sufficient, reliable and up-to-date.
3. Language and communication competence can be demonstrated in many different ways; examples are written examinations, language portfolios, learning diaries, learning assignments, essays, interviews, lectures, or a combination of these or other samples of written or oral performance.