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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 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 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. Below are the programmes where we offer Level 6, final year entry for students who have already completed a HND or Foundation Degree. 

2023/24 Top-Up Degrees

Study the final year (Level 6) of these courses to top-up your qualification to a degree.

Multiple intakes

At CU Scarborough 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.


How to apply

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


If you are looking to get back into education, but need extra support bridging the gap, the Connect course can be a useful way for you to explore the idea of further education and boost your confidence. 

This free course will provide information on how to progress to university and the skills needed to succeed. Each session will take place in Scarborough for two hours each week, for five weeks.


Find out more about our free Connect course.

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