Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Health Sciences

Updated on 7 July 2023

Learn how your prior learning, either through education, or from life/work experience, can be used to count for credit on one of our courses, and then apply for the credit.

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If you have studied at another institution, or have work experience that is relevant to your chosen course, then this can count towards credits, which we call Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

There are three types of RPL:

  1. Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning – where you have been formally assessed and awarded a certificate
  2. Recognition of Prior Informal Learning – previous study or life/work experience is used either 
  3. Academic Recognition for Professional Learning – if you are taking a course with us, you can use this module to gain academic recognition for previous study or learning which took place more than 5 years ago.

Academic Recognition for Professional Learning

If you:

  • carried out your academic learning more than five years ago


  • have taken part in any form of non-credit-bearing professional development activities

you can take one of these modules to gain academic recognition for that learning.

The modules can be taken as an option module on a course, or as stand-alone modules. For assessment, you will submit a reflective essay that demonstrates the relevant learning that has taken place.