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Recognition of prior learning

​​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 acces​sible 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.​