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ARPEL4Entrep – Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship

This project, Accreditation & Recognition of Prior Experience & Learning for Entrepreneurship (ARPEL4Entrep) was launched in September 2020 as an Erasmus+ co-funded project developed by a group of European Higher Educational Institutions and Technical Partners. The scope of the project is to leverage the infrastructure and competencies of the partners in e-learning and the collective expertise and resources of the partners in creating a programme which would encourage entrepreneurs to accredit and recognise their prior experience and learning as part of a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship.

The project partners are:


Higher Education Partners in ARPEL4Entrep – Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship:

Technical Partners in ARPEL4Entrep – Bachelors Degree in Entrepreneurship:

EUCEN (Belgium)

The Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship programme comprises :

Stage 1 – ARPEL process: Steps 1 – 4 including online interviewing and evaluation

Stage 2 – Subject course modules: a selection of 8 out of 10 subjects 

Stage 3 – Final research project: practical research project to launch or grow the business

Stage 1: ARPEL Process

A 4 Stage process for the Accreditation and recognition of prior experiences and learning of up-to 90 ECTS credits at EQF/MQF Level 6

Stage 2: Subject Modules - Selection of 8 out of 10
  • Award in Starting & Managing a Business
  • Award in Fundamentals of EU Business Law
  • Award in Managing Peoples in SMEs
  • Award in Marketing Practices for SMEs
  • Award in Digital Marketing Practices for SMEs
  • Award in ICT Applications for SMEs
  • Award in Financial Management of small business
  • Award in Fundamentals of eCommerce
  • Award in Creativity & Innovation for SMEs
  • Award in Business Simulation for Management Practice
Stage 3: Final Project

Research and Development of an investor-ready Business Plan.

Hours of Total Learning:

Contact Hours: 1172

Self-study hours: 2986 Supervised placement and practice hours: 204

Assessment hours: 138

Total Learning Hours: 4,500

Target Group:

The target groups for this programme are as follows:

  1. Entrepreneurs with more than 4 years of SME experience, but without an MQF Level 6 qualification
  2. Entrepreneurs with an MQF Level 6 or 7 qualification in subjects not related to Business studies
  3. Students with post-secondary qualifications (A-levels) in any business and management related subject including Accounting, Finance, Business and Management Studies, Marketing, Human Resource Management and including others.
  4. The target audience: Ages 19-30/31-65/65+.


Language of Instruction : English

Entry Requirements

  •  Successful completion of an approved secondary qualification


  • Evidence of English language proficiency of IELTS level 5 results, or equivalent certificate


  • Minimum of 4 years of entrepreneurial work experience in middle/senior level within an SME environment.


Teaching & learning (Online): using elearning platform from www.aea.academy (https://elearn.arpel4entrep.com/)

Assessment Methods:

Each Module will be assessed as follows:

  1. Quality of contributions provided in Forums (20%)
  2. Quality of contributions provided in tutorials (20%)
  3. Assignments which will be research based (60%)

Learning Outcomes:

The learner will be able to:

  1. Evaluate current personal, team and an organisation’s core competencies.
  2. Proceed with suggesting team training needs based on current core competencies and needs analysis.
  3. Identify the required knowledge and skill set required for the current, desired task, being it communication skills, theoretical or applied knowledge.
  4. Illustrate the knowledge and skills of collecting information pertaining to entrepreneurship and related fields.
  5. Identify the need of further knowledge and proceed with drafting a personal learning needs plan and plan further studies.
  6. Evaluate the potential and limitations of management science, its role in society and an individual’s responsibility for how it is used.
  7. Gain the analytical ability needed to develop a continual understanding of the challenges that an international business would be facing.


Admission Process

  • Complete the online form (Form link).
  • Send required documents and await approval.
  • Send payment.
  • Once registered, login to your ARPEL Student Dashboard and proceed with the ARPEL process.
  • Attend the Evaluation Interview and earn the final ECTS score in ARPEL process at Level 6.
  • If the ECTS credits earned are equal to or above 74 students will be eligible for the full Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship Programme.
  • Once selected, applicants will be invited to proceed with the programme on the basis of the terms and conditions provided.

Dates of Next Intake

October 2023

January 2024

Fee Structure

Online programme (18 months): €9,540

Blended learning programme (12 months): €13,240

Scholarship Schemes for Maltese residents:

  • Get Qualified Scheme – 70% refund of course fee as a tax rebate

Scholarship Schemes for Non Maltese residents:

  • Currently there are no scholarships available

Partial scholarships may apply, kindly, contact us on admin@aea.academy for further information.

Application Link: https://forms.office.com/e/FU8BDEWnr1

Click here for further information about the Blended Application Process

Click here for further information about the Online Application Process

Click here to download the programme leaflet.

Contact Details: admin@aea.academy / info@aea.academy / studentsupport@arpel4entrep.com / technicalsupport@arpel4entrep.com

Course Details

Title: Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship

Credits: 180 ECTS

EQF/MQF: Level 6

*European Qualification Framework/Malta Qualification Framework

Duration: 84 Weeks Online

Delivery Type: Online

Scholarship & Grant Incentives