Recognition of Prior Learning


Previously known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a general term relating to the formal recognition of learning gained in a variety of contexts, outside or prior to a studentís course of study.

There are four main types of RPL:

  • Type 1: Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)
  • Type 2: Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
  • Type 3: Credit Transfer
  • Type 4: Admission through RPL

As in Chapter B9 of the Academic Principles and Regulations, claims for RPL must not exceed two thirds of the total credit value of the target award at the University.

All claims must go through the relevant facultyís RPL Approval Board and will always involve an academic judgment about the acceptability of the RPL claim.

Students/applicants are advised to contact the Course Leader/Link Tutor to confirm whether there are any restrictions on RPL due to, for example, Professional Statutory or Regulatory body (PSRB) requirements.

RPL may be claimed by all students/applicants regardless of where they study their Leeds Beckett University course. To ensure parity of treatment, claims from students/applicants studying at franchise/collaborating partners will be processed in the same way as claims from students/applicants based at Leeds.

Types of RPL

Type 1 - Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL)

As in Chapter B9 of our University Academic Principles and Regulations, Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning is defined as follows:

B9.1.2 Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)

RPCL is the process for assessing and awarding credit for learning that has been previously accredited or certificated through a training provider, but has not led to an award or qualification which is defined in the QAA Quality Code (Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards, Chapter A1: The national level).

Type 2 - Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

As in Chapter B9 of our University Academic Principles and Regulations, Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning is defined as follows:

B9.1.3††† Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

RPEL is the process for assessing and awarding credit for learning that has been achieved through experience and/or training that has not been certificated or formally assessed.

Type 3 - Credit Transfer

As in Chapter B9 of our University Academic Principles and Regulations, Credit Transfer is defined as follows:

B9.1.4††† Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer is the process of recognising/transferring the credit and/or qualification, which is defined in the QAA Quality Code (Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards, Chapter A1: The national level), achieved by a student against one course to another course. This may include instances where a student transfers from one Leeds Beckett University course to another or where the student transfers in to Leeds Beckett University from another higher education provider.

Type 4 - Admission through Recognition of Prior Learning

As in Chapter B9 of our University Academic Principles and Regulations, Admission through Recognition of Prior Learning is defined as follows:

B9.1.5††† Admission through RPL

Admission through RPL describes the process for admitting students onto the start of an undergraduate or taught postgraduate programme of study based on qualifications and/or experience other than those specified by the academic entry threshold requirements in the admissions profile and programme specification.

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