Knowledge and skills can come from many types of formal and informal learning. At Teesside University, we recognise that many students acquire learning and skills, in employment or other working/voluntary contexts, which may be directly relevant to their planned higher education course. RPL is a process for recognising that learning for academic purposes. This recognition may give the learning a credit value in a credit-based structure and allow it to be counted towards the completion of a higher education award. This may also reduce the length of time required for formal study towards that award.
Academic credit may be awarded, where appropriate, for:
RPEL may be used:
Successful applications for RPL result in the award of academic credit. However marks/grades will not be awarded.
Whilst there is no charge for consideration of applications for RPCL, there is a charge for RPEL applications. This consists of a £50 administration fee plus 30% of the standard price for the total credits awarded.
If you are applying for RPEL against a Masters degree then you will not be entitled to the Postgraduate Loan as this is awarded to students who are studying a full 180 credit stand-alone Masters degree only.
BSc (Hons) Integrated Care Studies
Some of my colleagues had studied a similar course so I decided to come to Teesside University to motivate myself by doing some academic work. Teesside University has a contract with my place of work and the University is close to home so getting to it was easy.
The University considers RPEL on this degree course. The tutor was really helpful in accrediting my prior learning as my professional courses were from abroad. The guidance given by my tutor enabled me to successfully complete the portfolio and continue with my degree course. I’m still studying for this course and really enjoyed the Human Factors module.
There is a contact point in each School to assist applicants with the RPL process:
Further information is available in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (pdf - 315kb) document which is supplemented by the following documents:
If you are an international student, please refer to the International section for entry requirements. There are specific country pages to assist you with this.
Please note – acceptance of Recognition of Prior Learning may affect the duration of your course and therefore affect your Tier 4 visa.