How Top-Up Degrees Work

All of the academic courses offered by Phoenix Graduate School London 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. Phoenix Graduate School London 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 its own specific entry requirements.


Students at Phoenix Graduate School London can progress onto a university program either to join at the undergraduate entry level, typically upon completion of a Level 3 program, or to a ‘top-up’ degree, depending on the level of their completed Ofqual program. Generally, Level 3 corresponds to undergraduate entry, Level 4 to the first year of a degree, Level 5 to the second year of a degree, Level 6 to graduate level, and Level 7 to postgraduate level.


University top-up courses require you to have a qualification in a relevant subject, meaning that the course of study you choose should be closely tied to your previous qualification. However, it does not necessarily have to be the same subject. In many cases, if you have studied at levels 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 in English, an IELTS may not be required. There is considerable flexibility, allowing our students to have a wide range of career or completion prospects upon graduation from Phoenix Graduate School London courses. Universities will generally consider your broader experiences and motivations in addition to formal qualifications.

Progression Options

On completion of Phoenix Graduate School London, students have the following options available to them:

  • Study FULL TIME or PART TIME on campus in the UK for top-up courses or direct entry to University
    Most universities will accept Ofqual credits for advanced entry, enabling students to choose their own university for full-time study over a shorter period. Additionally, many universities offer part-time study programs, including day release, evening study, and weekend workshops. However, it is essential to verify these options with your preferred university. Students should recognize that these are general guidelines and should always check the specific requirements with their preferred university or local university agent before applying. Many universities provide part-time/evening provision, and students are encouraged to explore possibilities with their preferred universities first.
  • Study with UK Universities BASED OVERSEAS
    Some UK universities operate overseas campuses and may accept local students on their programs with advanced entry. For example, UK universities have campuses in Dubai, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, among many others. Students should check locally for these arrangements. There are several UK campuses in the UAE, as listed on Guide2Dubai's website: Other examples include Hong Kong, Cyprus, Mauritius, and several parts of South Asia. International students looking to study in the UK may also visit the NARIC website to view equivalencies:
    Students may prefer to study at institutions closer to their home country or pursue qualifications outside of the UK. For example, many Australian and Canadian universities offer distance learning programs and will recognize equivalent UK qualifications on a case-by-case basis. In the USA, universities generally accept UK advanced entry students and equivalence, but policies can vary between regions and individual institutions.
  • Study for an AMBA MBA
    The Association of MBAs is a membership organization that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards for MBA programs. Many UK universities are members and offer distance-learning study options. While credits may not be directly transferable, admission can often be gained via completion of the Phoenix Graduate School London Level 7 program, along with meeting any additional entry requirements specified by your chosen university. It's important for students to check the regulations of their chosen university first.

If you require more information regarding specific progression routes, these are available on each course page under ‘University Progression’, alternatively you can contact the Phoenix Graduate School Support team on  for further advice and guidance.