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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) means that you can get recognition for learning you have done in a work-based environment and from learning from life experiences to support your personal and career development. 

RPL is a valuable process of reflection and consolidation of past experiences, to enable you to identify what transferable skills and learning you have achieved that can then be used to pursue your lifelong goals and ambitions.

Learning can come from life, school, paid or unpaid work, short courses or learning at college or university.

The RPL toolkit is a guidance tool that will suggest scenarios and outcomes to assist you to understand where learning has taken place and how to demonstrate this to help achieve personal, career or education goals in a dynamic economic environment.

We have suggested a number of scenarios with positive outcomes and suggestions of where to start, whilst maintaining realistic expectations.


Here is a brief summary of the benefits.

  • Increase your self-esteem and improve confidence by recognising your achievements and transferable skills and plan how to build upon this to meet your personal goals.

  • Plan for new career opportunities or learner pathways by recognising learning achieved that can be mapped to jobs or training whilst acknowledging your own personal strengths and weaknesses.

  • RPL may be used to demonstrate learning that could be considered as comparable to standard entrance requirements for admission on a programme of study.

  • Gain credit towards a qualification to shorten the normal period of study by providing evidence of your knowledge, skills and understanding needed. 

  •  Credit Transfer may also be used for advanced entry to another programme of study.


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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