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What is a Top-up degree?

8 July 2024
A Top-up qualification is the equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study. Our blog explains all about this unique qualification.

A Top-up qualification is the equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study. As the name suggests, these courses enable you to ‘top-up’ existing qualifications at Levels 4 and 5, to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in your chosen area. 

Why Choose a Top-up Qualification? 

Opting for a Top-up qualification is a great move for several reasons: 

You can advance your qualifications by elevating your HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree. 

You will specialise further by deepening your knowledge in a specific field and enhance your career prospects. 

There are flexible options, as many Top-up qualifcations offer flexible study modes, allowing you to balance other commitments. 

Our Top-up Courses 

We offer a variety of Top-up qualifications tailored to different interests and career goals. These are: 

BSc (Hons) in Animal Biology and Wildlife Conservation (Top-Up): Perfect for those passionate about wildlife and conservation efforts. 

BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Top-Up): Ideal for students looking to advance their understanding of animal health, behaviour, and welfare. 

Science students using microscopes

BA (Hons) Visual Arts (Top-Up): Designed for creative individuals aiming to refine their artistic skills and pursue a career in the visual arts. 

student working on an artpiece on the tablet

Entry Requirements: 

Every Top-up course has its own entry requirements. It’s crucial to check the specific course you’re interested in to find out exactly what you’ll need to apply. Generally, you’ll need to have completed  relevant qualifications at Levels 4 and 5, to be eligible, such as a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Diploma of Higher Education.  

The Award 

When you graduate from our Top-up courses, you’ll be awarded either a BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) from the University of Kent.  This ensures that your qualification is recognised and respected, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.  

Ready to Take the Next Step? 

Research Your Options: Look into the specific Top-up qualifications available and find the one that aligns with your career goals. 

Check Entry Requirements: Ensure you meet the entry criteria for your chosen course. 

Plan Ahead: Consider how a Top-up qualification fits into your long-term professional development. 

A Top-up course is an excellent way to build on your existing qualifications and achieve a full Bachelor’s degree. With the right planning and dedication, it can open doors to new career opportunities and advancements. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff if you have any questions or need guidance on your Top-up qualification journey.