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B2-2 Adopt flexible, transparent and business-like approaches to RPL provision


  • To what extent is RPL being developed and implemented in business, like, transparent and streamlined ways?
  • To what extent do RPL does the departmental staff workload model and business plan incorporate time and resource for staff to engage with RPL? .
  • To what extent do RPL policies, processes and practice conform to relevant laws, codes and institutional policies? 

Good practice

  • RPL support and assessment activity is explicitly included in the departmental staff workload model and business plan.
  • The mechanisms for supporting and assessing RPL claims are fully documented and readily available to appropriate staff within departments, as well as to potential candidates.
  • The fees, fee structure and cost model for RPL are established and the mechanisms for calculating them and what is/is not included are made transparent. 
  • The costs/benefits of using technology tools are broadly identified. 
  • The RPL system supports the awarding of specific credit at an appropriate level towards or within particular programmes and discourages claims for general credit with no clear academic goal.
  • Appeals and complaints procedures are clearly defined. 
  • RPL is a standing item on Programme Boards and proposed RPiL claims are discussed and considered by the relevant Programme Board prior to submission.
  • Streamlined approaches to support and evidence-gathering are used to ensure the process is accessible to learners and more resource-efficient for staff without undermining the integrity of the process or the outcome.
  • Professional market research is undertaken (and adequately resourced) to identify needs and demands for RPL from learners, employers and PSRBs. 
  • Protocols of engagement for learners and staff are specified to ensue compliance with all relevant laws, codes and policies e.g.
    • Data protection 
    • Data security and protection
    • Privacy, equality ethics and diversity. 
    • Digital identify
    • Intellectual property (IPR) - copyright, protection and licensing. 
    • Freedom of Information.