Recognition of prior learning


Recognition of prior learning

Our provision of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows our students to receive academic credit for knowledge gained as a result of prior learning (formal or informal), where it can be proven as the equivalent in level and outcome to modules/courses offered as part of those schemes. It is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence to the course leader that the knowledge gained is relevant and at the appropriate level.

What is RPL?

RPL is a process by which you can gain credits towards a qualification, based on evidence of prior certificated learning or learning from past experience. The evidence you present will be assessed and, if the RPL claim is considered valid, credit will be awarded towards a qualification. RPL can be applied to a diploma, degree, postgraduate studies, masters degrees and other professional qualifications.

Why make an RPL claim?

By making an RPL claim, you may be eligible to gain credit for prior learning, if it is considered valid and relevant to the course you wish to study. As a result, you may be able to access a course without meeting the formal entry requirements, and/or you could progress to a later stage of a course.

Gaining RPL

If you are enrolling on to a degree and have prior learning you would like to be recognised for, contact the RPL advisor of the course you are interested in, in the first instance. Before you make contact, it would be useful to have an updated CV and any relevant certificates or transcripts on-hand. If you are enquiring about prior learning from experience, it would be helpful to write a short profile highlighting that experience. Following your enquiry, the RPL advisor can decide whether or not to proceed.

Course directors and/or RPL advisors for workforce development eligible degrees are as follows:

Rehabilitation sciences
Research, Clinical leadership and Management
Paramedic Science
Social Work and Social Care