Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a system whereby learning acquired through certified programmes and/or through experience can be acknowledged as a basis for entry onto formal programmes of study, and/or for gaining exemptions from parts of a programme of study. ATU Donegal offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the Prior learning can be Certified or Experiential (non-certified).

Recognition for Prior Certified Learning (RPCL)
Prior Certified Learning is where an applicant has already been awarded a qualification for a formal programme or module taken at an institution or training organisation. This prior learning can be recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications and may entitle the applicant to:

  • Admission to a programme or course of study.
  • The award of advanced academic standing.
  • The award of exemptions from some parts of a programme.

Where prior certificated learning is the basis for RPL, the applicant is required to provide the relevant syllabus and a transcript of results.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

This involves the awarding of credit for learning from experience. In this case, the candidate must demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved by producing a Portfolio of Evidence to support the claim for access, exemption or credit (in some instances the assessor may decide to use an alternative method of assessment, e.g. project or examination). As a general principle, credit is given for learning, not for experience per se. The portfolio of evidence must be written in such a way that the matching of the knowledge, skills and competencies of the module learning outcomes to the prior learning is clearly demonstrated. As part of the assessment the learner may be interviewed by an appointed assessor. Learners can receive support with developing their portfolio from the RPL Officer.

How to Apply for RPL?

If you interested in applying for Recognition of Prior Learning or require further information on the RPL process at ATU Donegal contact:

Christine McCabe
RPL Co-Ordinator
ATU Donegal
Port Road
Co Donegal  
T: +353 (0)74 918 6181