Recognition of Prior Learning

ICS Learn Recognition of Prior Learning Policy


1. Introduction

The objective of this policy and the accompanying procedure document is to ensure that all recognition of prior learning (RPL) applications submitted by learners, where applicable, are properly submitted and processed according to the guidelines and requirements of the relevant Awarding Organisation. This policy is relevant in meeting Expectation 26 of the ICS Learn Quality Enhancement and Performance Framework.

2. Scope

This policy is applicable to all learners enrolled with ICS Learn who wish to apply for an exemption or credit transfer, as well as all members of staff (permanent and freelance) involved in RPL process. It particularly applies to learners enrolled on CIPD and AAT courses provided by ICS Learn.

Learners can claim exemptions, credit transfers and RPL using evidence of prior learning and/or certified achievement. Differences on how and when these will be applied to a learner’s academic achievement with ICS Learn will depend on the policies and procedures from the relevant Awarding Organisation.

3. Policy Statements

3.1 This policy is intended to give both ICS Learn staff and learners guidelines on how RPL policy is set out and handled by ICS Learn in conjunction with the relevant Awarding Organisations. Along with the RPL procedure, it gives guidelines on the proper processes by which learners can apply for and obtain either exemption or credit transfers which will contribute towards their qualification.

3.2 By working directly with the learners and the relevant awarding organisations, applications for RPL will be administered and processed by the Curriculum Coordinators to ensure that all eligible learners are able to successfully have any applicable credits applied to their learner record and towards their final qualification

3.3 The RPL policy works in line with other ICS Learn policies and procedures and ties in specifically with the Quality Enhancement and Performance Framework, to ensure that good practices and learner satisfaction is maintained and adhered to.

3.4 Learners are responsible for paying the relevant Awarding Organisation any applicable fees as part of their application where a fee is required. ICS Learn does not take any responsibility or provide support in paying these fees on behalf of learners.

3.5 Any limitations as to how many exemptions or credits can be transferred are defined by the relevant awarding organisation. ICS Learn does not have a say in or have influence over the outcomes of any awarded exemptions credits or RPL. All decisions are made and granted by the relevant awarding organisation.

3.6 Any application for RPL, exemption or credit transfer is subject to the policy and procedural requirements of the Awarding Organisation. ICS Learn takes no responsibility for the refusal to grant any such privilege by the Awarding Organisation. Learners must be made aware that all decisions made by any Awarding Organisation are final and ICS Learn has no powers to alter these decisions.

4. Roles and Responsibilities

The application of the policy will be predominantly overseen by the relevant Curriculum Coordinator who will ensure that all applications for RPL are processed efficiently and correctly. This policy and accompanying procedures are made available to all relevant members of staff.

5. Associated or Related Documents

This policy will be applied in conjunction with the ICS Learn RPL procedure for exemptions and credit transfer document. The ICS Learn Quality Enhancement and Performance Framework will also be referred to in the application of this policy with regards to the relevant quality expectation and indicators.

6. Glossary

Credit transfer: The definition of credit transfer is the process of using a credit(s) awarded in the context of one of the applicable courses towards the achievement requirements of another relevant qualification awarded by ICS Learn through the relevant Awarding Organisation.

Exemption: Exemption is defined as the facility for a learner to claim exemption from some of the achievement requirements of the Awarding Organisation, using evidence of certificated achievement which does not fall within the definition of credit transfer but is deemed by the Awarding Organisation to be of equivalent level, content and value.

What are exemptions?

If you can provide evidence of gaining a previous, relevant qualification from an external Awarding Organisation, you may not have to sit all assessments that would otherwise be required of the awarding organisation.

If you have already studied qualification units featuring the same content, you should not need to duplicate work. This means you can fast track on the most appropriate qualification.

You may be eligible for exemptions if you have:

  1. Previous relevant qualifications
  2. Part completed a qualification via another learning provider

Awarding Organisation: An Awarding Organisation designs, develops, delivers and awards the recognition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and/or competencies) of an individual following an assessment and quality assurance process that is valued by employers, learners or stakeholders. Also known as “Awarding Organisation”.

Quality Enhancement and Performance Framework: The Framework defines all quality standards and expectations which the company intends to meet and fulfil within the learner journey. The Framework is used to define quality standards and benchmark our performance to it.