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Recognition of Prior Learning


Learning occurs in a wide variety of contexts, including paid work, involvement in social, community or voluntary activities, or learning through life experience generally.

Atlantic Technological University recognise that it is important to give equal value to all these forms of learning, as this enables individuals to be supported to enter, participate in, and progress through higher education at a level appropriate to them.




What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process by which prior learning is formally valued. It is a means by which prior learning is identified, assessed, and recognised by an educational institution as part of its programmes, courses, and/or modules on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This makes it possible for an individual to build on learning achieved and to be rewarded for it. This eliminates duplication of learning, meaning you don’t have to relearn things you already know.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be used for:

  1. Entry to a programme
  2. Advanced entry to a programme
  3. Exemptions from programme module(s)

RPL Explained

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