Recognition of prior learning and prior credit

The University makes provision for the recognition of prior learning which is at higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework; this can allow exemption from parts of programmes.


Procedures on how recognition is operated are provided in the code of practice for the recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes. The parameters within which credit awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body can be transferred are given in the regulations for taught programmes. Guidance on assessment procedures can be found in the code of practice for assessment and feedback.

How to apply

In order to apply for recognition of prior learning or prior credits, please use the correct application form:

UCAS applicants with a direct point of entry to Year 2 or 3 of the undergraduate programme and applying for recognition of prior credit (RPC) for a full level of study (120 credits), do not need to use the above forms and instead follow the standard UCAS application process.

All UCAS applicants with RPC claims will be contacted by the Admissions team regarding their evidence to support their claim, e.g. a copy of transcript, showing all marks obtained as well as the syllabus and/or the programme specification of your previous studies.

If you would like assistance with your application please contact us via the applicant portal.

Or if you are a current student:

For more information and how to apply, see our guide for applicants about credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (PDF).

Admissions policies

The basis for admissions policy, principles and practice across the University are set out in the admissions policies: