We encourage applications from mature learners to our programmes and we operate a process for assessing existing qualifications (including those awarded outside of the State) and prior learning. In this regard our policies of admission, transfer and progression are in accordance with those expressed by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) ‘Policies, Actions and Procedures for the Promotion and Facilitation of Access, Transfer and Progression for Learners’ (NQAI, 2003). In addition we are fully committed to complying with the NQAI document Principles and Operational Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning in Further and Higher Education (NQAI 2005). The principles and guidelines in that document inform KDSC policy and procedures as outlined below.
Access, Progression and Recognition of Prior Learning
In exceptional circumstances, a process whereby recognition of prior learning is taken into account may be used to determine entry to a programme of study at Award Level 9 – the Post Graduate/MA in Development Studies, if the College decides that a candidate without the normal (required academic) entry requirements is worthy of special consideration.
It is our policy that any credits towards a full award which have been allocated on the basis of recognition of prior learning will be clearly indicated in the relevant sections (ECTS credits) of the final Diploma Supplement issued to all successful learners on completion of their programme of study. This will ensure ease of recognition for other academic providers and/or employers.
For further information, download the Recognition of Prior Learning Handbook 2012.