What is RPL?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the term used to describe the system for giving formal recognition to a range of relevant learning that you may have gained prior to entry onto a particular course. RPL can be used by applicants to:
Gain admission to a course of study by helping candidates to demonstrate that they have met the
Due to professional validation requirements, the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice and BA in Applied Social Care programmes are not suitable for recognition of prior learning.
Gain exemption(s) from a module(s) within a programme of study where students can formally demonstrate that they have already met the learning outcomes for the module(s) concerned. In order to make a valid application for an exemption applicants must first pay the full fee applicable for the module. If the RPL application is successful applicants will be refunded 50% of the fee. Prior learning includes both formal and non-formal learning.
Formal learning is gained through completing courses/modules in further/higher education or other certified courses. Non-formal learning may be attained through work, voluntary activities or private study but for which no certification may have been obtained. It is important to remember that any RPL application must focus on learning attained and not simply, for example, on time spent in a particular job. All RPL decisions must be validated by the Academic Department expert in the relevant area.