Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is defined as: “A method of assessment (leading to the award of credit) that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning” Regulatory arrangements for the Qualification s and Credit Framework (Ofqual/08/3726)

The implementation of RPL prevents you from being repeatedly assessed for skills or knowledge you already possess, therefore, any previous achievements or relevant experiences obtained through various environments (e.g. formal work, at home and/or in leisure), are applicable for RPL consideration as long as the standards and requirements detailed in the unit specification and assessment criteria are met.

Credit will be awarded once you have successfully demonstrated and evidenced to the tutor you meet the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the unit. Therefore the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or whole qualification without you necessarily having to complete the course.

RPL is an alternative route and not a shortcut to attaining the qualification

Claiming RPL is your responsibility. Any claim for RPL is to be submitted against a whole unit or whole unit’s only, partial completion of a unit or units can’t and will not be accepted nor credited.

To obtain more information about RPL visit the IoS website (  or click here for The Guide to RPL