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Many staff working in education will be familiar with processing claims for credit transfer where learners may have previously gained formal qualifications which they wish to use towards a further qualification. 

Staff may be less familiar with the processes involved when learners come with *non-formal and informal learning which they wish to use towards a further qualification.

Working with a range of stakeholders, we have developed an RPL Tool for use by learning and training providers, employers and human resource personnel.

The tool is designed to signpost users to a range of information relevant to their needs or interest in RPL and highlights some of the different ways RPL can be used.

Non-formal learning takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training.  It may be assessed but does not typically lead to formal certification; for example, learning and training activities undertaken in the workplace, voluntary sector or trade union and through community- based learning.

* Informal learning can be defined as experiential learning and takes place through life and work experiences.  It is often unintentional learning.

Click here to read a Real Life Case Study from UWS - BA Business (Hons) RPL procedures.

RPL Tool

Access the tool for guidance and signposting on learning options.


The SCQF Partnership offers free workshops on RPL.  These workshops are aimed at staff supporting learners through the RPL process and staff in colleges and universities who receive and assess RPL claims from learners.  They focus on setting up internal systems to process claims for RPL and the support that may be needed for learners within that system.

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