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Recognition and accreditation of prior learning for Online Taught undergraduate degrees in Business Administration

If you already hold qualifications with similar learning outcomes to our BSc Business Administration modules, you can apply for your prior learning to be recognised and accredited.

This process is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If this is successful, you will not need to study those modules to complete your award. Available for the following courses: 

  • BSc Business Administration (Online taught) 
  • BSc Business Administration with Human Resource Management (Online Taught) 

The rules for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are described in the Undergraduate Business Administration Online Taught (BSc)  Programme Regulations and Section 3 of the General Regulations.

You may apply for RPL mapped against modules up to a total of 240 UK credits

You can apply for RPL for up to four (120 credits) of the following Stage 1 courses (each worth 30 credits): 

  • Foundations of quantitative methods for sustainable organisations [BU1510] 
  • Interpreting management, market and consumption [BU1520] 
  • Information systems and organisation studies [BU1530] 
  • International business and accounting [BU1540] 

And you can also: 

Apply for prior RPL for up to four (120 credits) of the following Stage 2 courses (each worth 30 credits): 

  • Employability and human resource management [BU2510] 
  • Strategic management and accounting [BU2520] 
  • Operations management and marketing strategy [BU2530] 
  • Managing organisational change and performance [BU2540] 
  • The global economy and multinational enterprise [BU2560] 

You can apply for automatic or discretionary RPL. 

For your prior learning to be considered, you must be eligible to study the programme and have completed the whole of the qualification/ examination(s), on which the application for RPL is based on, within the five years preceding the RPL application. 

We will not award RPL for a module later than 14 days after the module start date. You will be deemed to have started a module once you have been given access to the learning materials on the VLE. 

Performance based admission 

If you wish to enter the programme via the Performance Based Admissions (PBA) route, you can apply for RPL. However, any approved RPL will only be formally applied to your record once you have been successfully admitted onto the full BSc programme. 

To enter the BSc via the PBA route, you must first register for and pass one of:  

  • Interpreting management, markets and consumption [BU1520]; OR 
  • International business and accounting [BU1540] 

We cannot approve RPL or accredit prior learning for these modules. 

If you do not successfully meet the requirements to progress onto the full BSc programme, any application fees paid for discretionary RPL are non-refundable. 

Discretionary RPL 

You may apply for RPL based on a discretionary basis- this is where your qualifications are considered on a case by case basis. You will need to satisfy the University that you have covered a similar syllabus, as part of a previous qualification, at the same level, content and standard. 

A formal application is required and an RPL application fee is payable. The RPL application fee is non-refundable, even if your prior learning is not recognised. See course fees for more info. 

To be considered for RPL, your qualification(s) must be at the appropriate level (equivalent to a UK Level 4 qualification or above) and must have been completed within the five years preceding your RPL application. 

For your discretionary RPL request to be processed, you will need to: provide a completed RPL request form, the supporting documentary evidence (normally a scanned copy of an official transcript and syllabus of your previous studies) and the discretionary RPL fee. 

Please note: To process your discretionary RPL request, the RPL application must be submitted and all supporting evidence provided before the deadlines stated, in the session that you apply. The discretionary RPL deadlines are on the course webpage

We are unable to give advice on discretionary RPL until a formal application has been considered fully by specialist academics.  

Automatic RPL 

There are certain qualifications which we will recognise and accredit automatically. They have already been assessed and are considered by the University to have similar learning outcomes to our modules. 

Automatic RPL applications are free of charge. 

If you satisfy the conditions and have passed the relevant listed qualification(s) in full within the five years preceding your RPL application, we will award RPL as detailed in the list below. You will need to: make a formal application and provide the necessary documentary evidence (such as a scanned copy of the relevant certificate/ transcript).  

The University reserves the right not to award RPL if the qualification of the respective professional body or institution changes after the publication of this list. 

List of awarding bodies and qualifications recognised for Automatic RPL