You can be considered eligible for a course or a programme despite the fact you don't meet the formal entry requirements. This can be done by referring to your accumulated competence, if you document it completely and clearly.
If you do not fulfil the requirements formally but still feel that you have acquired the knowledge needed to study a specific course or programme, you can apply for recognition of prior learning. In the application you must describe in what way you acquired knowledge and proficiency that gives you the ability to pursue higher studies.
To apply for recognition of prior learning you must first make an application for a course or programme.
The application must be made no later than 15th of January for autumn semester and 15th of August for the spring semester. The application must be submitted via University admissions.
Interested in making an application? Please contact us!
Learn more about prior learning and exemptions (external link).
Here are the instructions for how to apply for programmes or courses at University of Skövde with general and/or specific entry requirements (first- or second-cycle studies) using recognition of prior learning.
It is important to not only write about what you know, but also how you acquired your knowledge and competence. Demonstrate using examples of how you apply/have applied this knowledge and competence in various contexts.
Attach relevant certifications that support your application answers wherever possible. Such certifications could include grades, job certificates, statements from individuals who can vouch for your expertise in a particular field etc. Job certificates should include information about what your tasks included, for how long you held the position and your rate of employment; full-time or part-time (exact rate).
Write your name and application number on the document containing your answers.
Use headings (e.g. English, reading comprehension).
If you are unable to fulfil the general entry requirements through formally prescribed qualifications, the questions are divided into three separate areas. These are:
Reading and listening comprehension, and a certain level of proficiency in writing and speaking
I understand longer statements in the form of, for example, lectures and I am able to follow a line of reasoning in English. I can read articles and reports written in English regarding current issues where attitudes and opinions are expressed. I am also able to summarise texts I have read or lectures I have listened to. I can exchange information and opinions in conversations held in English.
Describe the different contexts where you have used the knowledge and skills mentioned in the statements below. Provide a concrete example for every point (7 in total).
a) Terminology and procedure
b) Problem solving
c) Communication and reasoning
In order to assess your mathematical knowledge and skills as thoroughly as possible, you will be given additional questions to complete. We will send you these questions via e-mail once you have submitted your application for recognition of prior learning to your account on universityadmissions.se. These additional questions must be answered in writing.
Additional instructions will be provided along with the questions.
In addition to your previously mentioned knowledge and competence in English and mathematics, there are other knowledge and competence which are of importance for your prospects of benefiting from university studies. These may for example include:
Describe how you have used experiences from different fields to apply/acquire competence (other than in English and mathematics as these have already been discussed) which would be beneficial for your prospects of benefiting from university studies.
For some courses and programmes, there are specific entry requirements in addition to the general entry requirements. These requirements differ depending on what previous knowledge and proficiency is needed in order to manage completing a certain course or programme.
The most common way to show that you fulfil the specific entry requirements is through formal certifying documents. If you do not have access to such documents, you must instead describe in which way you acquired the knowledge and proficiency that gives you the ability to pursue studies in the specific course or programme, focusing on knowledge and proficiency of the subject area that is stated by the requirements. Please note that any document supporting the fact that you have acquired the knowledge and proficiency referred to is of interest. The more specific the document, the better.
Describe what experiences gave you this knowledge and proficiency, no matter if it was acquired from formal training, workplace experiences, or general life experiences. Try to be as specific as possible when describing in what way you acquired, as well as practiced, the knowledge and proficiency within different occupations.
If you are applying to second-cycle courses/programmes where the entry requirements, or part of the entry requirements, consist of a Degree of Bachelor or a professional qualification, you need to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge and competence equivalent to one of these qualifications. The requirements are compiled in the qualification descriptors in Annex 2 (external link) of the Higher Education Ordinance (external link), where they are expressed as qualitative targets (in order to be awarded a qualification).
You will find the qualitative targets for a general Degree of Bachelor on the next page. The targets are divided into “knowledge and understanding”, “competence and skill” and “judgement and approach”. Please note that the same division is made for a professional qualification.
The sections in bold are the essential knowledge and competence required when the entry requirements (or parts thereof) consists of a Degree of Bachelor, and it is these you must demonstrate you possess. If a specific main field of study is requested, or if the requirement (or parts thereof) consists of a professional qualification, please follow the instructions on the next section.
Please keep in mind that the majority of our second-cycle courses and programmes require a degree in a specific main field of study/professional qualification!
If the programme/course you are applying to requires a degree in a specific main field of study/professional qualification, it is recommended that you use the qualification descriptor for the respective main field of study, or the closest relevant professional qualification.
Let us say that you are applying to our Master’s Programme inPrivacy, Information and Cyber Security.
Admission to this programme requires A Bachelor degree of at least 180 higher education credits (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) within the fields of informatics or computer science or similar. It is therefore recommended that you base your application on the specified qualitative targets for one of these, or the qualification most closely related to your knowledge and competence. You will find the targets under each respective qualification descriptor (external link).
Remember that the course/programme you are applying for might have specific entry requirements.
These might take the form of a specific number of higher education credits in a particular field of study (such as 15 credits in programming) or an upper-secondary level qualification (such as English 6).
If you do not formally meet these requirements and wish to apply for recognition of prior learning for these requirements as well, you must relate your referenced knowledge and skills to the fulfilment of these requirements.
We recommend that you do this separately by following the earlier instructions in this document.
Scope (expressed as formal requirements)
A Degree of Bachelor is awarded after the student has completed the courses required to gain 180 credits in a defined specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, of which 90 credits are for progressively specialised study in the principal field (main field of study) of the programme.
Knowledge and understanding
A requirement for the award of a Degree of Bachelor is completion by the student of an independent project (degree project) for at least 15 credits in the main field of study