Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
The internet has revolutionised the way we study, opening up lots of new and exciting ways to earn a degree qualification. Distance learning allows you to gain an Honours degree in a more affordable, flexible way, by studying full time or part time from home.
Top up degree courses are ideally suited to distance learning. They typically only take one to two years to complete and are easy to fit around existing work and life commitments.
If you’re thinking about studying for your top-up degree online, what are your options?
You’ll find a wide range of distance learning top-up degrees to choose from. An increasing number of BA (Hons) qualifications are available to study online.
Popular subject areas include:
How to study?
You also have several study routes that you can choose between. Whatever learning pathway you choose, you’ll qualify with the same fully accredited bachelor’s degree.
In each case you should get in touch with the college or university you’re interested in, to find out more about the hours required for each course. This way you can make a realistic assessment of which study method is the best fit for you and your existing work and family commitments.
Another area in which distance learning top-up degree courses present great flexibility is in terms of start dates. With most campus-based degrees you’re restricted to starting in September only. With most online-based top-up courses you can start at various dates throughout the year, beginning your studies when it’s convenient for you. At the University of Lincoln you can choose to join their WBDL programmes at four points throughout the year: September, November, February and May.
Top-up degrees are for those who have successfully completed an HND (Higher National Diploma) or Foundation Degree and want to further their studies to a final year of an Honours degree programme. Most courses will require you to have an HND or Foundation Degree qualification in a relevant subject.
WBDL top-up courses are slightly different, as these also take your work experience into account. As a guide, the University of Lincoln requires a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and ongoing employment in a relevant field to the course subject area. But they may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience, under certain conditions.
If you’re unsure whether you meet the specific entry requirements set by a college or university, get in touch with their admissions service for further guidance. For WBDL courses in particular you may find that there’s some leeway, as these courses take into consideration your work experience as well as your educational qualifications.