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How top-up degrees work

All academic Online Business School courses carry national recognition of OFQUAL, the UK regulatory body for Higher Education.

Graduating Online Business School students can progress onto 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. These level equivalencies can be viewed on our ‘Study Levels Explained‘ page.

Top-up courses require you to have a diploma qualification in a relevant subject; this means that the course of study should be closely tied to your previous qualification. However, it does not have to be the same subject. This flexibility allows our students to have a wide range of career or completion prospects upon graduation.

All of the academic courses offered by Online Business School are Ofqual approved and universities will generally accept the credits awarded to students. Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is Ofqual RQF validated at the stated level/credit value. Online Business School can provide students with the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript if required. Alternatively students can visit the OFQUAL website to confirm the qualification. Each University will consider an application on its merits subject to their own specific entry requirements.

Progression options

On completion of an Online Business School course, students have the following options available to them:

If you require more information regarding specific progression routes, these are available on each course page under ‘university progression’, alternatively you can contact the Online Business School Support team on [email protected] for further advice and guidance.