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Top-Up to a Degree Award

Top-Up to a Degree Award

If you have successfully completed a Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND), or a Level 5 Foundation Degree and want to study further, you could progress onto the final year of a Level 6 degree with honours programme.

Although a HND or Foundation Degree is an excellent qualification in itself, depending on your career ambitions, you may decide that it’s worth studying a little longer for a degree. Topping up your HND or Foundation Degree will typically take one further year of study. We offer a range of study options which you could consider; day, evening or weekends. You also have the option to spread your study over a longer period of time if you wish. We would be happy to discuss what might be the best option for you.

There are a number of benefits in topping up your current qualification to an honours degree and it may open up further opportunities available to you in the future. By completing the course you will help to demonstrate to an employer that you have the academic, organisational and management skills needed for your chosen career path. Below are the programmes where we offer Level 6, final year entry for students who have already completed a HND or Foundation Degree. 

Multiple intakes

We offer multiple intakes throughout the academic year making higher education more accessible to everyone. Courses can be started at the beginning of any block. We typically offer intakes during:

  • September
  • October
  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July

For more specific dates please view the academic calendar.


All our courses are eligible for student loans for UK/EU students, even if you choose to study on a part-time basis.

How to apply


If you are interested in studying a top-up course on a full-time basis you will need to submit an application through UCAS.


If you are interested in studying on a part-time basis or through Saturday University you will need to complete an online application form. 

Please see the How to Apply section on our website for further information.

All you need to know about making your application.

View our academic timetable for the year here.

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