"Top up" your degree in the UK

"Top up" your degree in the UK

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

  • Information Technology

  • 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

  • Middlesex University 

  • 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

  • Kingston University 

Other universities providing top-up courses:

  • Bournemouth University

  • 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 

  • Bradford University

  • Anglia Ruskin University

  • De Montfort University

  • Plymouth University

  • University College Birmingham

  • Sheffield Hallam University

  • Coventry University 

  • University of Huddersfield

  • University of Hertfordshire

  • University of Hull

  • Keele University

  • University of Portsmouth

  • University of Lincoln

  • Northumbria University

  • The University of Northampton

  • University of Bedfordshire

  • Edinburgh Napier University

  • Heriot-Watt University

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