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How RPEL is used in NCI

The Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL), is used in NCI in the following four ways:

  • Use of RPEL to Satisfy Entry Requirements: Applicants who do not meet the specific entry requirement of a programme (e.g. a level 5 qualification), but who have significant, relevant experience, can use RPEL to gain entry into NCI.
  • Use of RPEL for Partial Entry: For applicants who have a formal qualification, but not at the required level, RPEL may be used to fill the qualification gap. For example, an applicant may have a level 7 Ordinary Degree, but requires a level 8 Honours Degree to be accepted onto a postgraduate course.
  • Use of RPEL for Advanced Standing / Entry: In some cases, it may be justified to allow an applicant to enter on to the second year of a programme through either RPEL or a combination of RPEL and recognition of existing formal qualifications.
  • Exemption from modules: RPEL may also be used to gain exemption from one or more modules in a programme. This process typically takes place once an applicant is registered onto a programme.

For more information on any of the above please email rpel@ncirl.ie or admissions@ncirl.ie.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of experience is taken into account?

Credit for learning gained in employment: A person, as a result of experience gained in employment, might have achieved learning which can be equated to learning outcomes listed for subjects on an approved course.

Learning gained from voluntary/community activities: Individuals may have been carrying out duties in associations, sporting organisations or charities which might entitle them to exemptions from the learning outcomes on courses in politics, communications etc.`

Learning gained from experience working in the home: Individuals who have had substantial experience of managing a household and rearing children may have gained learning in the area of budgeting, time management, interpersonal skills etc. This might merit exemptions from learning outcomes in business studies.

Learning gained from previous courses/training: If you have undertaken a class that is relevant to the course you are applying for, regardless of the level, it will be taken into consideration for your application.

Who can apply for RPEL?

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning is intended for mature students who may or may not have had structured formal education but who have learned from their involvement in employment, community activities, home duties, sport etc.

What is RPEL?

RPEL stands for Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning which is a scheme run by NCI that can allow you to gain admission to a programme or to gain exemptions from some parts of a programme based on you providing evidence of relevant learning you achieved through your experiences in a workplace or community setting.

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