University Pathways 2018-08-16T09:41:44+00:00

How top-up degrees work

Top-up degrees are for those who already hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) or similar, and are looking to ‘top up’ their qualification to a full Degree. Top-up degrees are equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study and can be undertaken in a variety of ways, either full-time or part-time, online or on-campus.

Top-up courses require you to have an diploma qualification in a relevant subject; this means that the course of study should be closely tied to your previous qualification, however, it does not have to be the same subject. This flexibility allows our students to have a wide range of career prospects upon graduation.

Qualification equivalencies

Earning a full Degree or MBA is simple and a low cost option with Online Business School. Below we have highlighted some of the course terminology and their equivalencies:

University Foundation Level, Level 3 Courses are equivalent to A- Levels and will be accepted by most Universities for entry on to their Undergraduate course, subject to any other entry requirements, such as English Language competency.

First and second year of a University Degree, Level 4/5 Courses carry 240 credits and most Universities will accept students for top up onto the final year of an Undergraduate Degree either on campus or by distance learning.

Postgraduate MBA Entry, Level 6 Courses will allow students entry onto most university Postgraduate Management courses, relevant work experience and English language competency may also be required.

MBA Advanced Entry, Level 7 Courses. Many Universities will accept 120 credits as advanced entry onto an MBA top up. It should be noted that Universities with AMBA accredited MBAs will not accept any exemptions but will usually accept Level 6 or Level 7 as entry qualifications.

To view course specific University Top up options, please contact us.


Study for an AMBA Accredited MBA by distance learning

The Association of MBAs is a membership organization that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards of MBA programmes. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning study. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the Online Business School Level 6 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.