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Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

University policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is incorporated into the University Ordinances and Regulations

Specific regulations relating to the Recognition of Prior Learning can be found in section 6 of the Regulation Governing Undergraduate Awards (RGUA) and section 8 of the Regulation Governing Postgraduate Taught Awards (RGPTA).

The regulations cover what is required to claim academic credit for prior learning, how much academic credit can be awarded, how to grade the prior learning and how to calculate the classification of the final award when a portion of the programme has been achieved through RPL.

The Administrative Regulations Relating to Assessment (ARRA) detail the regulations for the assessment of modules, and these apply equally to the assessment of a claim for recognition of prior learning. The criteria of relevance, sufficiency, authenticity and currency should be used to assess a claim for RPL, as detailed in the UK Quality Code Chapter B6, indicator 6 (external website).

It is important to note that all claims for RPL, and the assessment of those claims, must be ratified by an Assessment Committee, and marks forwarded to the Board of Examiners for consideration in relation to student progression or award.

In the case of RPL associated with a Recognition Agreement or an Articulation Agreement, reference should also be made to the policies and procedures set out in the Guide to Managing Higher Education with Partners and Chapter B10 of the Quality Code (external website). Under these arrangements the usual RPL Regulations apply.