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The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process through which the university takes into account your current knowledge and compares it with the learning required on the programme you will be studying at the university. This knowledge could be from formal study and qualifications or through experience gained, for example, in a job.

Some of this prior learning could count towards your University of Greenwich award, and you could be exempted from studying one or more courses. It could also contribute to your entry qualifications for a programme where you don't meet the formal requirements.

How does it work?

Higher education qualifications are measured in credits. Students accumulate academic credit at the appropriate level by successfully completing individual courses (normally worth between 10 and 30 credits).

The learning you have done before coming to the university, whether through formal study or through experience, will be evaluated in terms of the number of credits and also the level of study it is equivalent to.

These credits for previous learning may then:

  • Support your admission to a programme by helping to meet the entry requirements
  • Contribute towards one or more individual courses that make up your programme (this is known as exemption)
  • Allow you to enter the programme at a later stage (this is known as direct entry).

Further information

Frequently asked questions

Your questions about APL answered.

How to apply

Find out more about APS information sessions held throughout the year.

Student Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning

Student Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree programmes. Includes RPL form (Appendix A).