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How top-up degrees work

All of the academic courses offered by North London College 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. The College can provide students with the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript.

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.

Students graduating from North London College can progress onto a University programme either to join at Undergraduate entry level, usually on completion of a Level 3 or 4 programme, or onto a “top-up” Degree, depending on the level of their completed programme.

Generally, Level 3 is Undergraduate entry, Level 4 first year Degree, Level 5 second year Degree, Level 6 Graduate level and Level 7 Post Graduate level.

University Top-up courses require you to have a qualification in a relevant subject. This means that the course of study that you choose should be closely tied to your previous qualification. However, it does not have to be the same subject.

In many cases, if you have studied your level 3/4/5/6 or 7 qualifications in English, an IELTS may not be required. There is wide flexibility and this flexibility allows our students to have a wide range of career or completion prospects upon graduation from North London College courses. Universities will generally look at your broader experiences and motivations as well as formal qualifications.

University Progression

On completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to apply for admission onto a full BA Degree programme from a range of UK universities.

Alternatively, students can opt to study our Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management and then go on to complete a BA Top Up at a range of UK universities.

The University of Sunderland – On Campus
BA (Hons) Business and Management (Year 1 )
University of Hertfordshire
BA (Hons) Business Administration (Online)
Birmingham City University – On Campus
BA (Hons) Marketing (Professional Practice) duration Full Time 3 years
BA (Hons) Business – progression from ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business, duration Full time 3 years / Sandwich 4 years
BSc (Hons) Business Accountancy, duration Full time 3 years / Sandwich 4 years