Recognising your experience and previous learning

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Recognising your experience and previous learning

Find out how your previous learning and experience can count toward study at Hallam

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is when we recognise knowledge you've gained from work, study or other life experiences.

This could help you get a place on one of our courses, or give you credits toward your qualification, so that you can complete it faster.

Recognition of prior learning can be useful if you:

  • want to build on existing qualifications and progress in your career
  • are looking to retrain or change careers
  • have been out of education for a time and feel you lack qualifications
  • are unemployed and looking for ways to demonstrate your learning to employers.

Types of learning we recognise

We recognise two categories of prior learning: experiential, from life and work experiences, and accredited, from formal assessments.

Examples of the kind of learning we might recognise include:

  • informal learning or training in the workplace or community
  • other community activities, such as volunteering
  • extra-curricular activities at school
  • study at a college, university or other learning and training provider.

How to apply

Send an expression of interest form (DOCX, 109.7KB) to the most suitable person from the list below. We will contact you to begin the process.

During the process we will ask you to tell us about your experiences and demonstrate what you have learned.

We'll also look for evidence that your learning is at the right level for the qualification you want to study.

Assessment fees

Postgraduate RPL applications cost £50. They are free if your application is related to prior accredited learning at Hallam.

You don't need to pay anything until after we have answered your initial expression of interest. 

There is no charge for undergraduate-level RPL applications.

First point of contact


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

John Freeman (College contact)
0114 225 5485

Beth Fielding-Lloyd (Academy of Sport and Physical Activity)
0114 225 5799

Colette Fegan (Allied Health Professionals)
0114 225 2581

Catherine Duckett (Biosciences and Chemistry)
0114 225 6611

Rachael Spencer (Nursing and Midwifery)
0114 225 3890

Dave Johnson (Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies)
0114 225 5932


College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Francis Awololo (Finance, Accounting and Business Systems)
0114 225 2812

Kiefer Lee (Management)
0114 225 5198

Deborah Fitzgerald (Service Sector Management)
0114 225 2918


College of Social Sciences and Arts

Tom Payne (Culture and Media)
0114 225 4331

Richard Evans (Art and Design)
0114 225 3013

Peter Griffith (Law and Criminology)
0114 225 5452

Josie Wilson (Natural and Built Environment)
0114 2254 166

Gary Taylor (Psychology, Sociology and Politics)
0114 225 5592

Jemma Monkhouse (Sheffield Institute of Education)
0114 2252 932


Get help

For help with Recognition of Prior Learning, please contact:

Admissions Office

0114 225 5555


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