Additional Information

Regarding a qualification transcript, this would be something that you would request from EduQual as the Awarding Organisation that issued the certificate. These documents are sometimes referred to as Notification of Performance (NOP) or in Scotland Record of Attainment (ROP). These documents should list all the modules or subjects you studied in each year, the marks or grades you achieved for each module and the UK credit value and level of each module. It should be stamped or signed by the registry of the Awarding Organisation. Comparing qualification levels between countries and regions can be confusing. See flipbook below to compare the credits and qualifications for different countries and regions.

(Accredited Prior Learning/ Recognised Prior Learning/ Continuous Professional Development) 200 hours may be accredited as ‘Recognised Prior Learning’ (RPL). RPL can include the CPD required to support professional registration and any other relevant experience (including watching and shadowing/following others) or expansion of knowledge which is documented, verifiable and directly related to the candidate’s role. Candidates should be able to justify how the RPL being claimed relates to this qualification, if called upon to do so. Learning and experience related to a first degree does not qualify as RPL.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) allows you to convert relevant level knowledge, skills, and experience into credits you can put towards a qualification.

Credits are a standard way of measuring learning.  RPL means you can start your course at the appropriate level and reduce the number of credits you need to study to gain a qualification. This is sometimes called exemption. 

For example, you could perhaps use RPL to start in the second year of a master’s or bachelor’s degree or put it towards the total credits you need to complete a course.

Whether you can use RPL depends on how well your previous knowledge, skills or experience matches the modules on your course. This is entirely in the hands of the provider of the course you wish to take. Each provider will assess your individual RPL evidence against their course requirements and decide as to how much exemption you are given. HCS does not form any part of the providers decision making panel. 

Sources of RPL

RPL can come from previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn’t complete.

RPL is also known as prior learning assessment (PLA) or Acquired Prior Learning (APL) and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Types of RPL

There are 3 types of RPL you can put towards a qualification:

Credit transfer
Prior certificated learning
Prior experiential learning
You can put more than one of these types of RPL towards a qualification, but you as the learner must provide the proof to the provider who’s course you wish to take and have exemption for.

Deadlines for submissions are in the ‘Examination Brief’ which is given at the end of our Postgraduate Diploma courses. In line with our policies, all assignments must be uploaded within one months of the completion of the training. However, we are always open to extending this for exceptional circumstances. The two virtual training days on a Postgraduate Diploma course are consecutive. If you can only attend one day and wish to attend the second day on another course, we can, for example, with advanced notice, accommodate this. Get in touch with the Healthcare Skills Training International Office to discuss things, if issues arise.

We offer two EduQual level 5 Qualifications: 360 Theatre Access: Professional Award in Access to Operating Theatres: National Occupational Standard, for those providing product support in operating theatres. 360 Hospital Access: Professional Award in Access to Patient-facing Clinical Areas: National Occupational Standard, for those supporting products in clinical areas (including Critical Care Areas such as Intensive Care Units, Interventional Radiology Units etc) where procedures are often carried out, but not operating theatres.

While Healthcare Skills Training International is a Corporate Partner of AoME, and AoME members teach on our courses, our courses are not AoME accredited.

The Awarding Organisation sets the limits for total learning time of a qualification. This may be based on Ofqual (one of the UKs national regulators) guidance as stated at Regulatory Condition E2. Here the total qualification guide times are given as: Award (120 Hours or less; Certificate (between 121-369 hours; Diploma (370 or more hours). Where a Diploma is stated to have a total Learning Time of 600 hours for example, then the credits awarded will be 60. The credit value of a qualification is thus the learning time divided by 10. Each multiple of 10 learning hours equates to one credit. All credits are identified on the certificate issued by our awarding organisation EduQual. Healthcare Skills Training International is the training arm of HC Skills International. Healthcare Skills Training International is an EduQual approved training centre.

If you wish to use a Healthcare Skills Training International qualification to obtain a Masters Degree from a university, you are required to present the university with a qualification transcript (See below), the university reviews the qualification transcript and subsequently award what they feel is the correct number of credit exemptions. Each University is an institution in their own right and will award credits on individual basis at their discretion. Historically the majority of universities have allowed exemption for the whole of the credit value however it must be emphasised that this is discretionary – in other words, in any particular university, one student may be allowed all the credit value while another student may not. This is an arbitrary process, each student is assessed individually, and our organisation does not have any input to the universities exemption panels.

Yes. Our Postgraduate Diploma in  Clinical Education (EduQual Level 7) maps to the RCN’s Advance practice Pillars section 2 Education (either with clinical practice or education sector). Our Postgraduate Diploma in  Clinical Leadership (EduQual Level 7) maps to the RCN’s Advance Practice Pillars section 1 Management and Leadership. Advanced practice is a level of practice in which a practitioner has demonstrated their ability to work autonomously at a high level (level 7/ Masters level) across all four pillars of advanced practice. The four pillars of advanced practice are leadership and management, education, advanced clinical practice, and research.

Compare credits and qualifications for different countries and regions


Short Course Postgraduate Diplomas

Qualification times set by EduQual are based on Ofqual guidance. This means the minimum hours for a Post-graduate diploma are recommended as 370 hours of learning. Each multiple of 10 learning hours equates to 1 credit. 

All credits are identified on the Certificate issued by the awarding organisation, EduQual. 

If you wish to use a Healthcare Skills International qualification to obtain a Masters Degree

from a university you are required to present the university with a qualification transcript

(See below), the university reviews the qualification transcript and subsequently award what they feel is the correct number of credit exemptions.

Each University is an institution in their own right and will award credits on individual basis at their discretion. Historically the majority of universities have allowed exemption for the whole of the credit value however it must be noted that this is discretionary ie one student was allowed all the credit value and one student that was not. This is an arbitrary process, each student is assessed individually, and our organisation does not have any input to the universities exemption panels. 

Regarding a qualification transcript, this would be something that you would request from EduQual as the Awarding Organisation that issued the certificate.

These documents are sometimes referred to as Notification of Performance (NOP) or in Scotland Record of Attainment (ROP). These documents should list all the modules or subjects you studied in each year, the marks or grades you achieved for each module and the UK credit value and level of each module.  It should be stamped or signed by the registry of the Awarding Organisation.

(Accredited Prior Learning/ Recognised Prior Learning/ Continuous Professional Development)

Any APL/RPL for our qualifications is contained in the credit value for the Continuous Professional Development, and the APL/RPL must relate to the qualification you are undertaking and must be available for external scrutiny should it be requested by the Awarding Organisation. 

Deadlines for submissions are in the ‘Examination Brief’ which is given at the end of our Post Graduate Diploma courses. In line with our policies, all assignments must be uploaded within one months of the completion of the training. 

However, we are always open to extending this for exceptional circumstances.

The two virtual training days on a Post Graduate Diploma course are consecutive.  If you can only attend one day and wish to attend the second day on another course, for example, we can, with advance request accommodate this. Get in touch with the Healthcare Skills Office to discuss things, if issues arise.

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