What is RPL and how does it benefit learners and institutions?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process whereby evidence of learning (formal, non-formal or informal) that has taken place prior to enrolment in higher education is recognised and given value. A fundamental principle of RPL is that a learner should not be asked to relearn something they already know. With RPL, prior learning can count towards entry, advanced entry, credit or exemptions from modules. In some cases, people with enough prior learning may even obtain full academic awards. This ambitious 5-year (2020-2025) €6.9m project is funded by the HEA’s HCI Pillar 3 (Innovation & Agility). The national project team based in THEA works closely with our cosponsors IUA as well as 19 project leads based in each partner HEI. Our goal is to build on our collective work to date to make RPL an integral and vibrant part of higher education, one which offers lifelong learning opportunities to learners and enterprise.