Recognition of Prior Learning Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing (AS) – is an agreement with another institution whereby an individual student who has undertaken part of a course of study at the institution may apply to transfer to an appropriate programme of study at the University. Applications are dealt with on an individual basis and follow normal admissions procedures.


Recognition of prior learning (RPL): a process for assessing and, as appropriate, recognising prior learning or prior certificated learning for academic purposes. This recognition may give the learning a credit-value in a credit-based structure and allow it to be counted towards the completion of a programme of study and the award(s) or qualifications associated with it.


The RPLs will enable an individual to incorporate previous relevant theoretical and/or practical learning into a programme of study. Accreditation is a means of considering all relevant formal certificated learning for credit towards a named award. Units of learning, theoretical or practical that are accepted for accreditation must be of compatible value to the programme content and academic level.

Evidence must satisfy the following criteria:


Validity – evidence must be provided that the prior learning for which the applicant is claiming credit is relevant to the programme they have applied for at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The applicant must demonstrate that there is an appropriate match in both level and content between the previous studies and the Cardiff Metropolitan University. module or modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Currency – prior learning must have been gained sufficiently recent to make it still of value. The time limits may vary according to subject area but qualifications older than FIVE years are unlikely to be considered.

Sufficiency – applicants must provide enough evidence to fully demonstrate they have achieved the credit currently being claimed.

Authenticity – evidence must be provided that relates to the applicants own efforts and should be able to be verified as such.


Academic Credentials and other required documents checklist: 


☐ID card copy (both sides)

☐General Diploma Certificate copy

☐Foundation completion certificate copy

☐Transcript copy (English version only)

☐Advanced / Higher National Diploma Certificate copy (English version only, if any)

☐Equalisation Letter (for International Applicants only)

☐Test Results copy:  (if any)

IELTS / PTE / TOEFL or equivalent

Please submit the required academic credentials to

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