Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards
University Academic Board
Date of Next Review
5.4.3 Roles and responsibilities
5.4.4 Recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment framework
5.4.5 Advanced standing
5.4.6 Review of determination
This policy articulates QUT’s position on the recognition of prior learning (RPL) and provides a framework for assessing prior learning for advanced standing and academic entry to courses, consistent with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 and the Australian Qualifications Framework.
The policy applies to current students and those applying to study at QUT who consider they have prior learning experiences which could attract advanced standing for courses (E/4.2.6) or could satisfy academic entry requirements into courses (E/4.1.8).
This policy does not apply to entry or progression for higher degrees by research.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
Head of school
RPL (Recognition of prior learning) advisor
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will only be granted if:
- the applicant will not be disadvantaged in achieving the expected learning outcomes for the course
- the integrity of the course and the qualification are maintained; and
- valid and appropriate evidence as required is provided by the applicant to support their claim.
Assessment of RPL at QUT must comply with the values and principles as specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) framework, in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) protocols developed under this policy.
An application may be rejected on the basis that the evidence has not been provided in a prescribed format.
The maximum amounts of advanced standing for a course specified in the Advanced standing policy (E/4.2.7) apply to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
An applicant who is dissatisfied with the determination of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is able to request a review in accordance with the Review of grades and academic rulings policy (E/9.1).
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) means the recognition of an applicant’s knowledge and skills based on an assessment of these from the applicant’s formal, non-formal or informal learning. This can be used to determine the extent to which that individual meets requirements in terms of entry to the course (E/4.1 Student admission) or providing advanced standing (E/4.2).
Applicant means either a student who makes an application for recognition of prior learning for advanced standing of a unit/s or a prospective student who seeks entry to a course based upon recognition of prior learning.
Formal learning means learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.
Informal learning means learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences and is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
Non-formal learning means learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) advisor means the academic staff member with appropriate expertise nominated by the Head of School to make Recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessments.
MOPP E/4.1 Student admission
MOPP E/4.2 Advanced standing
MOPP E/9.1 Review of grades and academic rulings
Recognition of prior learning protocols (QUT staff access only)
|08.07.22||All||Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards||Periodic review - no changes required|
|20.09.19||All||University Academic Board||Revised and simplified policy, procedural elements removed|
|20.09.13||All||University Academic Board||New Policy - effective 01.01.14|