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A2-1 Identify learner needs and profiles for RPL

Positioning questions

  • What are the profiles of learners who could benefit from departmental programmes that incorporate RPL?
  • How could such learners benefit from RPL?
  • What is the market size for such learners?

Good practice

  • Potential learner profiles who could benefit from RPL are identified e.g.
    • People who have been out of the education system for a long time and/or may lack formal qualifications
    • Adults returning to education
    • Unemployed - looking for a way to demonstrate their learning to prospective employers
    • People wanting to improve upon existing qualifications
    • Those wanting to re-train or change careers
    • Students at colleges, higher education institutions (HEIs) and other learning and training providers
    • People who have taken non-formal learning or training in the workplace or through community-based learning
    • People who have gained a range of skills and knowledge through volunteering or through activities or projects within their community
    • School students who have been involved in extra-curricular activities.
  • Potential benefits of RPL for learners are identified e.g.
    • increasing self-confidence and motivation for learning
    • identifying existing skills and knowledge and areas for further development
    • contribute to planning career development or a learning or training pathway
    • gaining a place on a programme without the formal qualification entry requirements
    • gaining credit within a programme or qualification in order to enter with advanced standing and shorten their period of study
    • supporting progression within their employment or career, or support a career change
    • enabling access to some postgraduate taught programmes for individuals with relevant professional experience, but without undergraduate qualifications
  • The market size of learners potentially interested in RPL is estimated.