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Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

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Section 1 - Introduction

(1) This policy supports the University's commitment to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as a means of providing wider access to university study and to improving access and equity for students.

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Section 2 - Policy Intent

(2) The provision of principles which will guide the University's assessment of prior learning.

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Section 3 - Policy

(3) Prior Learning assessed by the University may be used to satisfy, or partially satisfy, course admission criteria, and/or to gain exemptions/s in some programs.

(4) In assessing Prior Learning the University will take account of:

  1. courses provided by professional bodies, enterprises, private educational providers;
  2. learning from work and/or other forms of practical experience; and
  3. learning from life experience.

(5) Supporting documentation must be produced for an assessment based on RPL to occur.

(6) Admission to university is competitive. The assessment of an application for RPL does not imply a guaranteed enrolment in a program at the University of Newcastle.

(7) The submission of an application for RPL does not guarantee that an exemption will be granted.

(8) Applications for RPL received from applicants for admission to a program of study at the University of Newcastle, will normally be assessed using the appropriate UAC schedules for programs approved by the relevant Faculty.

(9) The University may grant credit for RPL for a particular cohort of students only under specific circumstances described by an agreement such as a Memorandum of Understanding which has the approval of Academic Senate. No MOU or similar agreement will be signed until full program documentation has met the required committee process (Teaching and Learning Committee, and Academic Senate).

(10) In all other cases the activities covered by the RPL policy cannot be used to gain credit. Credit for formal studies previously undertaken may be granted in accordance with the University's Rules Governing Undergraduate Academic Awards.