Course duration and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learning at Work courses start in January and September and aren't tied to the University's timetables or academic calendar, so you can work at your own pace, in your own time. But you must complete an undergraduate course within 8 years and a postgraduate course in 5 years. Most of our students complete our qualifications within 3 years. 

Using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to complete the course quicker – typically in 18 months to 3 years for undergraduate courses and 12–18 months for postgraduate courses.

With RPL, you use the knowledge, skills and experience you've gained from training courses, employment, voluntary work, private study and previous attendance at college and university towards your degree.

You can use RPL for up to two thirds of the credits you need for your degree. This equates to:

  • 240 of the 360 credits you need to get an undergraduate degree
  • 120 of the 180 credits you need to get a postgraduate degree

RPL can come from 3 areas: 

  • A recognised qualification you have studied for and passed, for example a HNC, HND or Foundation degree
  • Rank in the Armed Forces
  • Evidence of your skills and experience which are mapped to our modules

Most standard qualifications are equivalent to a prescribed number of credits. A HNC is worth 120 credits, while an HND is worth 240 credits at undergraduate level. 

Some defence forces training and experience have standard RPL credit ratings. For example, NATO Rank Code OR-7 equivalent with 2 years in rank would be eligible for 240 credits.

If you don't have an eligible standard qualification or NATO Armed Forces Rank, you may be able to claim credit for what you've learnt as part of your career based on your skills and experience.

Claiming RPL

You can claim RPL when you apply for your course. If you don't have an eligible standard qualification or NATO Armed Forces Rank, you may have to submit a portfolio of evidence that matches your knowledge and skills to the modules we run. We'll give you guidance on this when you apply.

You need to submit your portfolio of evidence at least 8 weeks before the start of your course so we have enough time to assess it.

Please contact us for more information about claiming RPL.

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