Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience pathway

Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience pathway

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British Cyclings 'Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience' (RPEL) pathway allows learners to start their learning journey with British Cycling at Level 2 or beyond if learners can demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and expertise obtained from elsewhere.

Whilst we strongly recommend coaches and leaders follow the full learning pathway available to them, British Cycling is keen to ensure we enable learners to start their journey with us at the most suitable and appropriate stage.


Who can apply for RPEL?

Those eligible to access courses via the RPEL route will need to be able to evidence one of the following:

  • An equivalent Level 1 qualification from any National Governing Body or;
  • A Level 2 Certificate in Delivering Cycle Training (achieved from 2019 onwards);
  • A foundation degree or above within a relevant field (i.e. Sport Coaching), or;
  • A teaching qualification alongside suitable sport delivery experience (i.e. PE/ extra-curricular activties).
  • Significant and demonstrable experience as an unqualified assistant, supporting coached cycling activities at a British Cycling Affiliated Club or Approved Delivery Centre.

How do I apply for RPEL and what is the process?

You will need to first complete the form and pay the non-refundable fee of £75.

You will then be directed to complete online modules via British Cycling Learning and submit various documents to evidence experience. These documents include:

  • Certificate of prior learning (from one of the options listed above);
  • Evidence of session planning, session delivery and evaluation;
  • Evidence of conducting a risk assessment.
You will be put in contact with a British Cycling Accredited Tutor who will conduct a phone-based interview to assess your knowledge and experience. Upon approval from the Accredited Tutor, you will be awarded the Level 1 RPL Accreditation that will enable you to book directly onto the course of your choice.

How long will RPEL take?

The process will take at least 1 week depending on the level of prior learning, however, if you are able to evidence prior learning but the tutor feels you should complete further learning via British Cycling Learning it could take longer. For example, Level 1 learners are given 4 weeks to complete 6-10 hours of online learning. It will take no longer than 4 weeks to complete, after which you can book on your chosen course.
We therefore advise beginning this process at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the Level 2 course you wish to book on. The RPEL process must be completed 4 weeks before the course date.

If I pass RPEL, will I be able to coach?

No. Level 1 RPEL completion will not grant you a coaching qualification, nor insurance. It is a direct entry route to our Level 2 coaching course, which must then be passed in order to coach.

What if I am deemed not suitable for RPEL?

If you are unable to show evidence of suitable qualifications and prior experience in planning and risk management you will need to complete the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Cycling. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a £50 discount off the Level 1 course fee.

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