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University Pathways

Earning a full Degree or MBA is a simple and low cost option with Online Business School. Earn your Diploma online with OBS, and then top up to a Bachelors or MBA degree by distance learning or on-campus through a UK university.

Level 3 Courses are equivalent to A- Levels and will be accepted by most Universities for entry on to their Undergraduate course, subject to any other entry requirements, such as English Language competency.

Level 4/5 Courses carry 240 credits and most Universities will accept students for top up onto the final year of an Undergraduate Degree either on campus or by distance learning.

Level 6 Courses will allow students entry onto most university Postgraduate Management courses, relevant work experience and English language competency may also be required.

Level 7 Courses. Many Universities will accept 120 credits as advanced entry onto an MBA top up. It should be noted that Universities with AMBA accredited MBAs will not accept any exemptions but will usually accept Level 6 or Level 7 as entry qualifications.

To view course specific University Top up options, click here to choose a Course, then click on ‘University Top up’.

Study on campus in the UK for top-up courses or direct entry to university.

On completion of an Online Business School course, Students can apply to top up on campus. All of the academic courses offered by Online Business School are OFQUAL approved and universities will generally accept the credits awarded to students. For Level 3 programmes students can apply for Undergraduate entry for a full programme, Level 6 programmes will allow entry at most Universities for full time Post Graduate study.

ATHE have direct articulation arrangements with several Universities which give full recognition for entry (Click here to see ATHE progression routes). Alternatively students can choose their own University (Click here to Find a University)

It should be understood by students that these are general guidelines and students should always check the requirements with their preferred University or their local University Agent if they intend to make an application

Study by Distance Learning for top up programmes or full programmes

Many UK Universities run off campus distance learning programmes and Online Business School will always seek direct arrangements with these universities to accept our students.

At Present Online Business School has specific agreements with University of Derby for off campus completion:

ATHE have direct articulation agreements with Universities that operate distance learning programmes.(Click here to see ATHE progression routes)

Students that have successfully completed ATHE’s Level 5 and Level 7 qualifications in Business Management are eligible to apply for entry at Undergraduate and MBA Top up qualifications delivered by LSM, and awarded by the University of Northampton.

Other universities offering distance learning Business programmes

Students may choose to apply directly to a UK University not linked to ATHE or Online Business School. Several Universities operate distance learning Business programmes and students can apply directly for credits or other forms of advanced entry. Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is Ofqual QCF validated at the stated level. Online Business School can provide the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript if required, alternatively students can visit the Ofqual website to confirm the qualification https://www.gov.uk/find-a-regulated-qualification.

Each University will consider an application on its merits subject to their own specific entry requirements.  Below is a list of a few UK Distance Learning providers offering Business programmes:

Study for an AMBA Acreditted MBA by distance learning 

The Association of MBAs is a membership organization that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards of MBA programmes. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning study. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the Online Business School Level 6 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.

http://www.ambaguide.com/find-an-accredited-programme/

Top up and recognition by non UK universities

Students may want to study at Institutions nearer their home country or qualifications outside of UK. For example many Australian Universities offer distance learning and will recognise equivalent UK qualifications on a case by case basis.