South West College offers many options for those wanting to "Top-up" their existing qualifications to an Open University or Ulster University validated Honours Degree. You can click the link below to look through our available Top-up qualifications.
Understanding Top-Up Degrees
A top-up degree, also known as a completion degree or an honors degree, is a higher education qualification specifically designed for individuals who have previously completed a relevant foundation-level qualification, such as a diploma, HNC, Foundation or associate degree. It allows learners to bridge the gap between their existing academic achievement and a full bachelor's degree.
Characteristics and Structure
Top-up degrees are typically offered by universities, colleges, and higher education institutions. They are designed to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the previous qualification. Unlike traditional undergraduate degrees, top-up programs are shorter in duration, our Open University top-ups take one year full-time and two years part-time to complete.
The curriculum of a top-up degree is tailored to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field, encompassing both theoretical knowledge and practical application. Coursework may include specialised subjects, advanced modules, and a final research project or dissertation. This combination equips students with the necessary expertise to succeed in their desired industry or pursue further academic pursuits.