The School of Nursing and Health Sciences recognises that students applying for courses may have acquired significant learning from previous educational and life/work experience.

By introducing a process of Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), we can offer potential students the opportunity of having such learning assessed for credit on their chosen academic pathway. RPL can be used to gain credit on the BSc programme for previous certificated learning (RPCL - Recognition for Certificated Learning).

To complete any of the degree programmes offered by the School (BSc Nursing, BSc Midwifery or BSc Health Scienes) you need a total of 120 points at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9. For a degree awarded by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, you must complete at least 60 of these points with us but it is possible to transfer up to 60 credit points from previous certificated learning (RPCL) from another institution. However, this study must have been completed within the last five years.

Credit can be gained by providing evidence of study at degree level within the last five years. Normally, a transcript of previous study or a certificate is sufficient for this but it must include confirmation of the level studied at and the number of credits gained. This credit can provide exemption from optional modules within your chosen programme of study.

Applications for credit

If you wish to apply for credit via RPCL, please complete the following form and submit it together with your programme application form. Applications that are asking for RPCL may be delayed until the RPCL is reviewed:

There is a charge for processing all APL claims of £100 per 10 credits and this is payable once the claim has been confirmed.

Download application form

Further Information

All initial enquiries regarding RPL should initially be directed through Post Registration