How to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning Study here

Making your application

The first stage of applying for RPL credit is to make contact with your RPL co-ordinator.

Each university School has a member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for all prospective applicants making an RPL claim. Your RPL co-ordinator will usually be the programme leader for the programme you wish to study, but there may be an overall RPL co-ordinator for the School.

The RPL co-ordinator can provide advice on:

  • The nature of RPL
  • The credit requirements of the programme, including specific learning outcomes for courses
  • University procedure, including limits on the amount of credit that can be claimed and the process of making the RPL application
  • How you should structure your claim
  • The content of the claim, in terms of reflecting upon and demonstrating how you meet programme/course learning outcomes
  • The methods that will be used to assess your certificated or experiential learning and the evidence to be submitted.

It is your responsibility to prepare and submit an application. You will need to:

  • Identify your existing skills and knowledge
  • Match your prior learning against the requirements of the courses or programme
  • Collect and collate the evidence to support the application
  • Formally submit an application to the RPL co-ordinator within required deadlines
  • Inform the RPL co-ordinator of any change of contact details.

Your RPL co-ordinator will then progress your claim.

Accreditation for direct entry

Students requesting direct entry, in other words not to have to complete one or more stages of an award offered at the university, and applying via UCAS, are not required to make a separate claim for RPL. Instead the relevant admissions tutor and/or staff within Admissions assess the applicant's request for direct entry in conjunction with their application.

The applicant must indicate their preferred year of entry in the 'point of entry' section of the UCAS application form.

Before submitting your UCAS application you are strongly advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor to discuss the feasibility of making a claim for direct entry for a specific programme. The admissions tutor will be able to advise if they will consider claims for direct entry to that programme and whether your claim would be appropriate

It is your responsibility to submit evidence in support of a claim for direct entry. Supporting evidence is likely to include an academic transcript and course syllabus, but the relevant admissions tutor will advise you about the documentation required.

Applicants seeking exemption from less than a whole stage of study, or not applying via UCAS, are required to make an RPL application directly to the School where their programme will be based.

How applications are considered

In order to progress an RPL application, the university will consider evidence supplied by you about your prior learning. The evidence supplied must demonstrate:

  • Relevance/equivalence – the prior learning should cover similar knowledge and skills to the learning outcomes of the programme to be studied. The mapping of prior learning against learning outcomes is a matter of academic judgement
  • Sufficiency - the supporting evidence will need to clearly outline the nature of your achievements and demonstrate and that the achievement is your own
  • Currency – both formal certificated learning and experiential learning will normally be considered current when they have occurred up to 5 years prior to the start date of the University of Greenwich programme.

RPL credit can only be awarded for whole courses, not for part of a course.