Top-Up Degrees

Top-Up Degrees

Top-up degrees are for those who have successfully completed a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree and want to study further and progress onto the final year of an Honours degree programme.

Although a HND or a 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 BA/BSc 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. By completing the top-up course you will help to demonstrate to an employer that you have the academic, organisational and management skills needed for your chosen career path. Topping up to a degree at Honours level may also open up further opportunities available to you in the future.

Multiple intakes

At CU London 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
  • November
  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July

For more specific dates please view the academic calendar.


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

How to apply

For all top-up degrees we ask for you to send your Foundation Degree/HND transcript into us to check whether you are eligible for the course. You can email these to

If you are eligible and interested in studying a top-up course on a full-time basis you will need to apply through UCAS and we will then process your application.

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

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