Applying for partial exemption for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching for Learning in Higher Education (PGCertTLHE)

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a generic term for the process by which Higher Education Providers such as our University, recognise and, where appropriate, award credit for learning that has taken place before entry onto a programme of study. Staff who are planning to undertake the PGCertHE may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to have their previous learning accredited towards the certificate.

There are three types of recognition:

  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
  • Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)
  • Credit Transfer

You can find out more about these at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/lets/pp/policy/rpl

The certificate is comprised of two 15 credit Modules and one 30 credit module. The maximum exemption that may be granted is 50% of the total course work and/or attendance.

All potential RPL applicants must first complete a PGCertTLHE Application Form.

All RPL applications should normally be made prior to the start of the programme.  The final opportunity to make an RPL application is by the end of the EDU6417 Workshop Week if attended.

Why might I be eligible to apply for RPL?

Previous applicants have applied on the basis of one or more of the following:

  • Being able to demonstrate that they have developed their teaching practice and supporting learning through experience ‘on the job’ which is equivalent to (or exceeds) the achievement of the Learning Outcomes for the modules applied to be exempt from
  • Successful completion of a structured non-credit bearing CPD programme for learning and teaching which is accredited by a relevant body
  • Gained credits from undertaking part of a relevant credit bearing teaching qualification (but not completed the qualification)
  • Completed a relevant credit bearing qualification (e.g. 20 credit teaching certificate)
  • Undertaken part of a credit bearing teaching qualification e.g, attended sessions and completed activities and assignments but not completed (i.e. no credits awarded)

How long does it take?

The RPL process typically takes from three to five months. Successful applicants are awarded the M level credits for the modules that they have gained exemption from.

The RPL process

Determining eligibility to apply:
The Programme Director reviews all application forms to identify individuals who may be eligible to apply for RPL and for which modules. Eligible applicants are invited to an RPL consultation to discuss the application process and requirements in detail before making an application.

Exemption from EDU6147 (for direct entry to EDU6148) is for colleagues with experience of teaching design, delivery and assessment and a grounding in scholarship of learning and teaching.

To apply for exemption for EDU6147 candidates must:

  1. Map to the Learning Outcomes for EDU6147 with artefacts of evidence to demonstrate they can meet the pass criteria for the Module.
  2. Write a developing Teaching Philosophy which aligns with the relevant module assessment criteria.
  3. Following successful assessment of 1 and 2, a 30-minute recorded development discussion is undertaken and assessed against the Module Pass Criteria.

Possible outcomes:

  • Full exemption from EDU6147 and entry to EDU6148 (with or without conditions);
  • Requirement to complete EDU6147 before entry to EDU6148.

Exemption from EDU6147 and EDU6148 (for direct entry to EDU6149) is only for colleagues with substantive learning and teaching experience and evidence of in-depth engagement in the scholarship of learning and teaching.

To apply for exemption from EDU6147 and EDU6148 candidates must:

  1. Map to Learning Outcomes for EDU6147 and EDU6148 with artefacts of evidence to demonstrate they can meet the Pass criteria for both Modules.
  2. Write a developing Teaching Philosophy which aligns with the relevant assessment criteria for both modules.
  3. Formal teaching observation with RPL advisor or assessor (using EDU6148 observation forms).
  4. Following successful assessment of 1-3, a 45-minute observation debrief and development discussion is undertaken and assessed against the Pass criteria for both modules.

Possible outcomes:

  • Full exemption from EDU6147 and EDU6148 and entry to EDU6149;
  • Requirement to attend the workshop days for EDU6148 before full exemption from EDU6147 and EDU6148 and entry to EDU6149;
  • Exemption from EDU6147 and requirement to complete EDU6148 before entry to EDU6149;
  • Requirement to complete EDU6147 and EDU6148 before entry to EDU6149.