What is a top-up degree?
A Top-up degree is the equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and it usually takes one year to complete. This course allows you to achieve a full Bachelor level qualification and graduate with a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) . As the name suggests, these courses enable you to ‘top-up’ an existing qualification, whether that’s a Foundation degree or another relevant qualification, for example, an HND.
There are a number of benefits in topping up your current qualification to an Honours degree. Firstly, it will help you demonstrate to an employer that you have the academic, organisational and management skills required for your chosen career path, and secondly it may also open up further opportunities available to you in the future.
Many graduates taking this route of a top-up degree eventually decide to spend another one year in the UK to pursue a Master's degree in higher ranked universities.
What subjects can I study in Top-up degree?
Subject areas suitable for one year Top-Up are:
Art and Design
Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
Business, Economics and Management
Building Services Engineering
Every course has its own entry requirements, so check the course you’re interested in to find out exactly what you’ll need to apply.
Which UK universities are offering Top-up degrees?
Top-up degree courses are offered by universities all over the UK. However, not every university provide Top-up courses in all subjects.
Top-up courses in London universities
University of Greenwich
University of the Arts London
London South Bank University
University of Westminster
University of East London
University of West London
London Metropolitan University
Coventry University London
University of Sunderland London
University of Roehampton
Other universities providing top-up courses:
University of the West of England
University of Chichester
University of South Wales
York St John University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Birmingham City University
University of Sunderland
Anglia Ruskin University
De Montfort University
University College Birmingham
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Huddersfield
University of Hertfordshire
University of Hull
University of Portsmouth
University of Lincoln
The University of Northampton
University of Bedfordshire
Edinburgh Napier University