RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) PORTFOLIO (LEVEL 7 EQUIVALENT) DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE AND ADULT AND CONT(INUING EDUCATION

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS WIT RPL PATHWAY IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW AND MAY NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE. (April 2016)

 

 

Introduction

The RPL route is designed for mature students who have compiled sufficient learning that is
equivalent to that expected of a degree graduate. People develop in many different ways, and
experience can give rise to significant learning. Many adults can acquire this learning in different
areas, such as:

  • Taking leadership roles in community groups
  • Coping with personal crisis, or managing change in family structure, location, or occupation
  • Undergoing different courses that challenge previously-held assumptions
  • Developing their skills in the workplace

Programme Aims

The RPL programme is a structure for a ‘non-standard’ applicant (non-standard means not having an
actual degree) to compile a portfolio of prior learning and two academic exercises. The process of
building a portfolio is in place to give applicants the chance to demonstrate that they have sufficient
knowledge, skills and attributes (equivalent to a Level 7) to cope well on the Higher Diploma in SPHE.

Progression

The completed portfolio provides the course team with sufficient information about the applicant to ensure that she or he would be able for the demands of the H.Dip in SPHE.

Closing Date

Closing dates for the 2014 intake have now passed.

Level 8 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the HIGHER DIPLOMA in Arts (HDIP) IN Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) for SHEP Students, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE AND ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HSE

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS WIT RPL PATHWAY IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW AND MAY NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE. (April 2016)

 

Introduction

This collaboration among WIT, the HSE, and the Social and Health Education Project
(SHEP) provides an opportunity for SHEP students who have completed specific courses
with SHEP and a Level 7 qualification to supplement their existing experiential training in
order to allow them to achieve a Higher Diploma in Arts in Social, Personal and Health
Education. This can be achieved by completing a defined Recognition of Prior Learning
(RPL) Programme for SHEP graduates at WIT.

Programme Aims

On successful completion of this RPL programme (along with The SHEP Certificate courses
in Personal Development and The SHEP Certificate in Facilitation) participants will have
demonstrated their ability to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of effective facilitation skills, i.e. effective listening,
    clarification skills, creating a safe environment;
  • Design and deliver an experiential workshop;
  • Demonstrate awareness of boundaries;
  • Access and use the skills of assertive communication;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of underlying factors which contribute to current health
    problems and associated risk factors;
  • Identify, own and feel their feelings;
  • Distinguish between expressing feelings in a safe way and acting out those feelings;
  • Identify how relationship with self impacts upon relationship with others;
  • Identify how experiences encountered in formative years affect one’s process in the
    present day;
  • Self-evaluate their process and performance;
  • Access and interpret health information

Unique Aspects of the RPL Programme for SHEP Students

This programme provides an opportunity for students who have completed prior experiential learning with SHEP to a required standard to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge, skills and attributes in SPHE at Level 8.

Entry Details

SHEP students requiring entry on to the RPL Programme must have:

  • A qualification at Level 7 in the national qualifications framework or its equivalent qualification. Any student who does not meet this criterion can avail of Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) SPHE Level 7 RPL process.
  • A SHEP Certificate in Personal Development.
  • A SHEP Certificate in Facilitation.
  • A letter from the board of SHEP confirming the student’s readiness to facilitate groups and to join the WIT RPL Programme.

Closing Date

Closing dates for the 2014 intake have now passed.