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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process for recognising learning that has come from experience and/or previous formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts. This includes knowledge and skills gained outside school, college and university and outside formal learning situations, such as through life and work experiences.

RPL is also a process that involves a learner reflecting on experiences; identifying learning associated with the experiences and providing evidence of that learning to enable an institution to reach a decision on awarding credit or mapping to the level of the SCQF.

This guide is designed to signpost users to a range of information relevant to their needs or interests in RPL. It aims to highlight in straightforward language the different ways in which RPL can be used by learners and by those providing an RPL service.

Some learners may be aiming to undertake learning at college or university or as part of workplace learning and might, therefore, be seeking SCQF credit. Others might want to map their skills and learning gained through experience as part of their personal development or for career planning. Whatever the reason for embarking on the RPL process, this online guide can be used by a wide range of learners and organisations to help them through the process.

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