Learning at Work

Flexible Duration

The time you take to complete the programme depends on your point of entry, that is whether or not you have any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and on the proportion of time that you can allocate to your studies. It may also depend on the progress of projects at work, and changes in home circumstances, that may be out of your control. The programme allows you to accommodate delays and changes throughout. Typically a student who enters with the maximum RPL of 120 credits and has only 60 credits to study, would take 12-18 months to complete. Students who undertake the full 180 credits of study on average take 3 years to complete.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for learning from experience at work, including in-service training courses. Most standard qualifications and some defence forces training and experience have standard RPL credit ratings. For example, NATO Rank Code OF-3, or OR-9 equivalent with 2 years in rank would be eligible for 120 credits of RPL at level 7.

If you do not hold an eligible standard qualification or NATO Armed Forces Rank/Qualification, you may be able to claim credit for prior learning through experience. In order to do this, you have to submit a portfolio of evidence matching your knowledge and skills to units in the University's Unit Web Search. This will be submitted two months prior to the course start date, to allow time for assessment before the course begins. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. We can provide you with a copy of the Recognition of Prior Learning Handbook, which explains how to prepare your portfolio.

Email learningatwork@port.ac.uk for further advice regarding RPL.