The benefits of recognising prior learning

1. Facilitates access for 'non-traditional' students - people who may not have had the opportunity to do further study.

2. Acknowledges value of learning outside a formal setting, e.g. values and recognises learning in the workplace.

3. Validates the worth of learning students have achieved by themselves

4. Enables students to progress to other education and training programmes

5. Eliminates unnecessary repetition and duplication of material already familiar to the student.

6. Shortens the time necessary to earn a qualification - this motivates students who might otherwise be discouraged by the length of time required to

complete a college level course or a particular programme of study.

7. Enhances students' pride and self-esteem for what they have accomplished as learners.

8. Enhances students' perception and understanding of learning as a lifelong process.

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