Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning (RPL)
The Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning (RPL) is a process that potentially could give serving/retired police officers and staff academic credits for their previous experience and the courses or learning programmes they may have completed during their service.
Use of the Credit Estimator through an easy to use stepped process will indicate to an individual police officer or staff member the likely number of academic credits they could get for their experience and learning programmes they have completed during their service. You do not need any log in or password details to access the Credit Estimator.
You can use the credits indication to help you achieve an academic qualification, which can benefit both you and your respective police service.
The RPL process is a way of recognising an individual’s skills and experience and help them to access academic qualifications. The process could be utilised by both forces and individuals.
Individually Driven qualifications
An individual may decide they want to develop their skills and gain a qualification. They could use the RPL process to help them access a course or learning programme and approach their respective force to see what, if any, support they are able to provide.
Police Service Led Development
Respective forces may be able to take advantage of the RPL process to help identify and ultimately aim to fill a knowledge gap that exists. They may want to support a group of individual’s to complete a specific course or learning programme which they feel helps with the overall strategic aims of the organisation.
Guidance has been created for individuals, forces and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to help them to better understand their part in the process and how they can support and encourage individuals to achieve academic qualifications.
To obtain an overview of RPL click here for ‘RPL on a page’ which provides a quick reference guide to RPL.
Information and Guidance
Information and Guidance for individuals, forces and HEIs, explaining the RPL process and highlighting areas for consideration.
The Credit Estimator tool helps you find out the typical number of credits you might be able to claim for the learning gained from your skills and experience
Find out which Universities and Registered Qualification Providers have agreed to the College RPL Process. You'll find a list of the courses, examples of some of the course content, location of where the course is, information on how the course is taught as well as an idea of how much it might cost.
How To Apply
These pages help you understand how to apply to have your prior experience and learning recognised
Short Credit Bearing Learning Modules
Several Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) and Professional Awarding Bodies are looking at providing short 'bite sized' credit bearing learning modules relative to topics across policing for officers and staff.
Case Studies to inspire, support and show how RPL can work for the individual, the Force and the HEI