Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University acknowledges that learning can take place outside of the formal education system, and that recognising formal, informal and non-formal learning supports an individual's lifelong learning goals.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is given for prior learning which includes: Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit for Previous Study

  • 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 learninglearning 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.

Benefits of RPL:

  • Reduced program length
  • Reduced cost of study
  • Eliminates duplication of learning as you do not need to learn skills and knowledge you already have
  • Validates learning gained through work and life experience
  • Enables credit transfer between TAFE and other approved higher education institutions

How to apply

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- Read the information on Formal, Non-formal and Informal learning.

- Prepare and have ready your evidence to support your request.

- Submit a request to have your prior learning recognised by Macquarie.

- Attach copies of relevant evidence to your request.

- Macquarie will assess your prior learning based on the information you have provided. - The outcome of your assessment will be emailed to your nominated email address.


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