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. 

The RPL Tool

You can use the RPL tool for information and guidance on getting credit for your learning.


We have a section of our website dedicated to supporting Veterans with the RPL process. Click here for details.


Try our RPL Tool

Support for your personal and career development.

Get recognition for learning you have done in a work-based environment and from learning from life experiences.

RPL Tool

Watch Brian's (RPL) Learning Journey

Brian found not having a degree a serious hurdle even with his professional experience. He used RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) to gain entry into second year of University.

Watch Brian's Story

Watch Morag's (RPL) Learning Journey

After 18 years in Banking, Morag decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a secondary school Teacher. Using the SCQF and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) she secured her University place.

Watch Morag's Story