Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which acknowledges and gives value to learning achieved prior to registering for a programme of study at Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (SNMCI).
Prior Learning may have been gained through structured formal education and/or involvement in employment, community activities, sports, etc. Learners may also have undergone formal learning in another educational institution and received certification for it. The key task for applicants is to demonstrate that they have already achieved the learning of the programme of study they intend to pursue.
RPL can be used for
- admission to a programme where the standard entry requirements are not met
- advanced entry to a programme of study
- the award of exemptions on a programme of study.
Prior Learning is learning which has taken place, but which may not necessarily have been assessed or measured, prior to admission and acceptance to a programme of study. It takes two forms – it may be
(a) certified (normally called Prior Certified Learning),
(b) experiential (called Prior Experiential Learning)
All applications for RPL should be submitted via the online application for the course to which you wish to apply.