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What is Diploma-to-Degree Top-Up?


Many Diploma graduates undertake a Top-Up degree program overseas because the career prospects for a Degree graduate is much better than that of a Diploma graduate. Bachelor degree holders typically command a higher starting salary and better career advancement opportunities. The investment in a Top-Up degree will reap good returns in the long term. Over the years, we have helped many Diploma graduates fulfill their ambition overseas.

A Polytechnic Diploma is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) in the UK and credit exemptions may be awarded for entry to a undergraduate program.

A UK undergraduate degree typically takes 3 years (4 years for Scotland). Some UK Universities will grant a 1-year credit exemption (i.e. 2nd year entry) whilst others may consider you for final year entry. Typically, professional courses such as Engineering, Accountancy, Optometry, Architecture, etc will require you to spend 2 years to obtain a Bachelor degree if you have a relevant diploma.

1 Year Diploma-to-Degree Top-Up

If you have a Polytechnic Diploma and wish to be considered for 1 year Top-Up programs, these are offered by some modern Universities in the UK. Subject areas suitable for 1 year Top-Up are:

  • Art and Design
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
  • Business, Economics and Management
  • Building Services Engineering

Many of our graduates that take this route eventually decide to spend another 1 year in the UK to pursue a Master's degree in higher ranked Universities.

The same options are available for universities in Australia and New Zealand.



UK Universities Offering 1 Year Top-Up



UK Universities Offering Advanced Standing (2 Years or More for Completion)


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