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The City of Liverpool College operates an Accreditation of Prior Learning policy in line with QAA expectations and requirements set in relation to Recognition of prior learning, and in line with the College’s collaborative partners and awarding bodies.

It is possible for students to claim for modules to be awarded towards their course on the basis of previous academic, professional, vocational or experiential learning. In some circumstances, students may claim credit for their elective module, even though their previous learning is not directly related to their main area of study. This process is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

RPL is the process for recognising learning that has its source in experience and/or previous formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts. This includes knowledge and skills gained within school, college and university and outside formal learning situations, such as through life and work experiences.

RPL may enable learners to avoid the duplication of learning and assessment, and there are two ways in which this could be achieved:

  • The opportunity to transfer credits, i.e. to recognise previously accredited achievement from within or outside the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) to count towards other qualifications.
  • For individuals with learning or achievements that have not been certificated/accredited, it may be possible to assess and validate these through the RPL process. These achievements may then count towards a qualification.

For further guidance on how to apply, see in full Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

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