Top-up courses

Have you got existing qualifications and been thinking of your next steps?

If you have a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) and have been looking at your next steps then not only will a top-up degree enhance your existing qualifications it can also open up doors to new career or educational possibilities. These programmes typically take just one year to complete, and as a top-up student you have the opportunity to graduate with a prestigious, full honours degree from the University of Plymouth. 

Who can do a top-up degree?

Our top-up degrees are designed for people who already hold a Foundation Degree (such as a FdSc or a FdA), or a Higher National Diploma (HND). This will enable students to join the final year of an undergraduate degree programme by taking into account these prior qualifications as equivalent to years one and two of a bachelor's degree. 

Why Plymouth?

Here, at Plymouth Business School you will use your time to address ‘live’ business issues set by real organisations and cover a rich and diverse range of assessments that will support you in developing useful skills which will be invaluable in your working lives. Not only will you be graduating with a full undergraduate degree from the University of Plymouth, you will also benefit from our public, private and third sector relationships and international collaborations.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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