Accreditation and recognition of prior learning

Accreditation and recognition of prior learning (APL/RPL) form an approach by which the effective use of learning from life and work experience can contribute to progression to higher education (HE). Such an approach demonstrates positive support for access and widening participation, and recognises the achievements of applicants who have followed less traditional education routes.

The definition of prior learning encompasses learning and experience gained through both formal (assessed/certificated) programmes and informal development. Informal learning may have been gained within a particular work, educational or community environment or through a broader range of experiences and critical reflection.

SPA's briefing on APL and RPL gives definitions of some of the terms used with relation to APL/RPL, summarises the QAA UK Quality Code guidance on this issue, and links to examples of HE providers' APL/RPL policies.

Fri, 20/05/2016 - 15:33