Validation and recognition of prior learning
Another way of widening access and participation among students is our work with validation and recognition of prior learning.
What does the recognition of prior learning involve?
If a person lacks some or all of the formal entry requirements for a course or study programme, but has equivalent knowledge from for example work experience, that person can apply to have their prior learning assessed. Prior learning can give a person entry to a course or study programme. It is also possible to apply for recognition of prior learning to get advanced standing in parts of a study programme.
What is validation?
Validation is the method or process used to assess and recognise a person’s prior learning, regardless of how that person has acquired it. A quality-assured and structured validation process at the University of Gothenburg consists of the following components: identification, documentation, assessment and certification.
How validation is done can differ from case to case because it is based on the individual. For example, validation might include interviews, tests, or written assignments.