Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL)

Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL)

The Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) is defined as the process by which appropriate certificated learning from another institution is accredited towards a University of Westminster award. The prior certification should be provided by a recognised academic institution as a result of a rigorously assessed learning experience. Credit for learning which has been gained from an uncertified course (or where the certificate is in respect of attendance only) should be claimed through the RPEL route.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

The Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is defined as the process by which appropriate experiential learning is assessed and accredited. Experiential learning can be described as the knowledge and skills acquired through life experience, work experience and study which are not formally attested through any educational or professional certification. It may also include instruction-based learning, provided by an institution, which has not been examined in any of the public examination systems. It is important to note that it is the learning derived from the experience that is accredited, rather than the experience itself.

Note: Full details relating to RPCLs and RPELs can be found in Section 4 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations 2017.

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