Flexible studying of Languages and Communication

SAMK offers you studying languages and communication in a traditional classroom form, on courses entirely online and in combinations of these both.

Flexible studying of Languages and Communication

SAMK offers you studying languages and communication in a traditional classroom form, on courses entirely online and in combinations of these both.

In addition to these, you can prove your language and communication skills, obtained somewhere else, through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process.

RPL, Recognition of prior learning

What is RPL?

Before entering the process of Recognition of prior learning (RPL) discuss with your teacher tutor. With the help of RPL, i.e. Recognition of prior learning, you are able to include the competences acquired earlier as parts of your studies in the higher education institution. Thus, it is possible to avoid overlapping studies and, on the other hand, make the studies more meaningful from the student’s perspective. Additional underlying objectives are the ideas of promoting student mobility, increasing the transparency of education as well as enabling a flexible progress of the studies. RPL aims at supporting the individual study plan of the student.

(A)HOT/RPL includes

Substitution refers to a procedure, where the studies which are part of the curriculum of a degree are substituted by equivalent studies from another higher education institution. A certificate for these studies is required from the higher education institution.

Inclusion is a procedure, where the studies completed in another higher education institution either before starting the present studies at SAMK or during them are accepted as part of the degree. A certificate for these studies is required from the higher education institution. The studies are registered in Loki under the name used to complete them, e.g. exchange studies abroad or elective studies.

Exemption from language studies means that the student is entirely exempt from completing compulsory language studies for a particular reason. The student completes other studies instead of the studies given exemption for.

Demonstration of competence is a procedure whereby a competence other than that gained from higher education studies can be identified and recognised. As a study performance equivalent to the level of those in the university of applied sciences it requires the student’s independent ability to reflect his competence relative to the competence objectives required in the course under the (A)HOT procedure and relative to his or her own professional development.

More information on RPL/(A)HOT, substitution, inclusion and demonstration of competence can be found for example in ME1202 Completing studies.

RPL demonstration of competence for English

Demonstration of prior competence for English is done by passing a written exam in the EXAM room and by giving an oral demonstration at a stipulated time.

Recognition of prior learning (AHOT) for English means the same as completing the course:

English, 3 cr, SY170303 as an evaluated demonstration of competence. The required skill level of the English course is B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The RPL demonstration of competence requires passing both written and oral parts of the exam.

Recognition of prior learning (AHOT) for English means the same as completing the course: English, 3 cr, SY170303 as an evaluated demonstration of competence. The required skill level of the English course is B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can find instructions, schedules and more detailed information from (A)HOT/RPL Moodle site.

NB! Log in to the section of your own field. Passwords for the different fields:

Field > Password
Nursing >Nursing
Technology >Technology
Tourism >Tourism
International Business > Business

RPL /(A)HOT Demonstration of competence for Swedish and Finnish

The RPL process for Swedish and Finnish will be possible in the same ways as for English from January 2021 on. If you wish to have the RPL process already in the autumn 2020, please contact the Swedish/Finnish teacher in your field:

Swedish: Health and Welfare, Fine Arts Minna Iitti
Swedish: Tourism, Business, International Business, Entrepreneurship Satu Jyllilä
Swedish: Technique Monika Engel
Finnish Marja Tomberg

Regarding other languages and RPL, please contact the teacher in question.

Contact information to the teachers of the Language and Communication Team at SAMK.