What is Recognition of Prior Learning (credit for previous studies)?

Question:

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (credit for previous studies)?

Answer:

Macquarie University acknowledges that learning can take place outside of the formal education system, and recognising formal, informal and non-formal learning supports an individual's lifelong learning goals. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of assessing your prior learning and that may include::

  • Formal learning: learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.
  • Informal learning: learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal or non-formal Learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
  • Non-formal learning: learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.

 Credit granted on the basis of RPL may count towards the credit point requirement for your degree.