How Top-up degrees work
All Online Campus courses carry national recognition of OFQUAL, the UK regulatory body for Higher Education.
Students graduating for Online Campus Online School can progress to a University programme, either to join at Undergraduate entry level, usually on completion of Level 3, or onto a “Top-up” Degree, depending on the level of their OFQUAL programme. You can view these level equivalents on our ‘Explained Study Levels‘ page.
Top-up degrees are for those who already have a suitable level of nationally recognised Certificate or Diploma and are looking to finish their full degree qualification.
Students can apply for undergraduate admission for a complete three-year programme after Level 3 programs. Level 4 requires the completion of the final 2 years. Level 5 is the final year, level 6 will provide admission for postgraduate programmes and level 7 will provide exemptions from some Masters programmes including MBA.
Top-up courses require you to qualify for a diploma in a specific category; this implies that the course should be strongly linked to your prior qualification. It does not need to be the same topic, though. This flexibility enables our learners after graduation to have a broad variety of career or completion opportunities.
All of Online Campus’s online courses are endorsed by Ofqual and universities will usually recognize the credits given to learners. Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is validated at the level / credit value indicated by Ofqual RQF.
Online Campus can provide the necessary paperwork and transcript of Ofqual to learners if necessary. Alternatively, to verify the qualification, learners can visit the OFQUAL website. Each university, subject to its own particular admission criteria, will consider a request on its merits.
On completion of an Online Campus course, students have the following options available to them.
- Top-up with Online Campus pre agreement.
Online Campus works closely with a range of UK top universities, providing students with multiple progression routes. We can negotiate reduced tuition fees and provide application assistance for admission with several UK and foreign universities.
ATHE and LRN, our OFQUAL partners, have direct articulation arrangements with several Universities which give full recognition for entry (Click here to see ATHE progression routes). Online Campus has some prior approved University partners. To view specific University Top up options via Online Campus, click here to choose a course, then click on ‘University Top up’.
However, students have a range of options in addition to Online Campus Online Business School or ATHE agreements.
- Study FULL TIME in a UK university of your choice! (As a top up or direct entry).
Most universities will accept advanced entry with OFQUAL credits, so learners can choose their own university to study full time for a shorter period. Students should understand that these are general guidelines and if they plan to create a request, learners should always verify the specifications with their preferred university or local university agent.
- Study PART TIME in a UK university of your choice! (As a top up or direct entry).
Many universities offer part-time / evening classes and students should first examine options with their preferred universities.
- Study ONLINE by distance learning.
Many UK universities operate off-campus, through distance learning programs. Students may choose to apply directly to a UK University not linked to ATHE or Online Campus. Several Universities operate distance learning Business programs and students can apply directly for credits or other forms of advanced entry.
- Study in UK Universities BASED OVERSEAS.
Some UK Universities operate overseas Campuses and may accept local students on their programs with advanced entry. For example, UK Universities have campuses in Dubai, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong. Students should check locally for these arrangements.
- Study with NON UK UNIVERSITIES.
Students may want to study outside of UK at institutions that are closer to their home or travel abroad to study. For instance, many Australian universities deliver distance learning and will recognise equivalent UK qualifications on a case-by-case basis. The United States and Canadian universities will also usually recognise equivalent UK qualifications.
- Study for an AMBA MBA.
The Association of MBA is a member organisation providing accreditation and upholding MBA programs ‘ highest global norms. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning opportunities. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the Online Campus Level 6 or 7 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.
If you require more information regarding specific progression routes, these are available on each course page under ‘university progression’, alternatively you can contact our Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.