Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process for recognising previous learning that has taken place in informal, formal or non-formal contexts: for example, in the workplace and through life experiences. Once recognised through this process, prior learning can be used to gain credit or exemption for qualifications, and/or for personal and career development.
QAA Scotland's work on RPL is part of the sector's broader approach to widening participation in higher education in Scotland, by making it more accessible to non-traditional learners, encouraging different forms of flexible learning paths and in engaging a more diverse student body.
The National RPL Framework for Higher Education in Scotland
QAA Scotland has developed a National RPL Framework.
Recognition of Prior Learning - National Framework for Scottish Higher Education (April 2014) (PDF 151 KB)
Streamlining Recognition of Prior Learning Guidelines: Support and Assessment (July 2012) (PDF, 298 KB)
These guidelines aim to support the university sector in Scotland to develop and implement more streamlined, enhanced approaches to RPL support and assessment.