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.
There is no charge for consideration of applications for RPCL or RPEL.
If you are applying for RPEL against a master's degree then you won't be entitled to the postgraduate loan as this is awarded to students who are studying a full 180 credit stand-alone master's degree only.
There is a contact point in each School to help applicants with the RPL process:
More information is available in the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy 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.