Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL gives you the opportunity to gain recognition for all of the learning you gained prior to your studies at GCU.

This can include learning which has already been assessed and credit rated at a university or college, or other learning and training provider (credit transfer). It also includes learning gained through life or work experiences (Recognition of Prior informal Learning/RPiL) such as:

  • work (paid or unpaid employment, job training, workshops)
  • community, voluntary or leisure activities
  • family life (caring, domestic organisation)
  • key life experiences and events.

This recognition could form part of the credit for your programme.

Why is RPL a good idea?

RPL ensures that you are studying at the right level and that you gain the credit you deserve. There is even the possibility of completing your programme sooner.

What should I do next?

Have a look at our Recognition of Prior Learning RPL Student Guide and explore what RPL means and what the different options for RPL are.

How do I apply?

  1. Contact the School for the programme you are interested in making an RPL claim or complete and return the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Claim Form
  2. Once submitted, an advisor will contact you to set up a meeting
  3. At the meeting, you will discuss how you are going to present your learning and decide how best to proceed
  4. If you decide to go ahead you will complete an ‌
  5. Regular meetings will help you to get your claim just right
  6. Please note: it can take between three and twelve months to complete an RPL application based on informal learning (RPiL)

Find out more

To find out more contact gculeadrpl@gcu.ac.uk or the School or Centre of the programme you are interested in (e.g. Health and Life Sciences):

Once you have made contact, an advisor will be in touch.

Fully Funded Places

Scottish and EU applicants can apply for a fully funded postgraduate place and begin their studies in September.