UK Advanced Entry/ Top-up DegreeHow Associate Degree and Higher Diploma Students obtain an overseas Bachelor’s Degree?
Most UK universities offer Advanced Entry, which allows AD/HD students to apply for Year 2 or 3 of a 3-year Bachelor's Degree programme with their internal grades. Some universities also offer standalone Top-up Degree courses, open to AD/HD graduates who need to submit 2 years of their internal grades. The Top-up Degree complements the existing post-secondary qualification to a full undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree.
|Advanced Entry||Top-up Degree|
|AD/ HD Student Progression Path||Year 2 or 3 of a 3-year Bachelor's Degree programme||1-year Top-up Degree programme|
|Feature||Most of your classmates are lower-year students promoted from the same Bacehlor's Degree programme||1-year standalone programme (same level as the final year of a Bachelor’s Degree programme). Most of your classmates are students with similar post-secondary qualifications.|
|Duration||Around 1-2 years||Around 1 year|
Advanced Entry Credit Exemption SystemThe admission standards for advanced entry of different UK universities vary, with a credit exemption system which may shorten the overall course duration. The course duration depends on the similarity of the curriculum of the 2 institutions, that is, the more similar the course structures and content, the shorter the course will be. When applying, students must submit the overall syllabus and content of respective modules of the Associate Degree and Higher Diploma course for the UK university to review.
Application procedures and requirementsAssociate Degree and Higher Diploma students who wish to apply for UK universities must go through UCAS, a centralised university application platform similar to JUPAS in Hong Kong. Students have to submit their internal grades on UCAS and the university will issue a Conditional Offer to eligible students. Students whose final GPA meets the university requirement will be admitted. In addition, UK universities generally require IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 for their Bachelor’s Degree Programme.
Popular UK universities with Advanced Entry
|Institution Name||The Times GUG 2022||The Complete University Guide 2022|
|University of East Anglia||21||22|
|University of Liverpool||29||30|
|University of Reading||31||36|
|University of Leicester||37||40|
|University of Essex||40||27|
|Nottingham Trent University||53||45|
|Oxford Brookes University||56||51|
|University of West of England||58||55|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||65||56|
|Sheffield Hallam University||67||67|
|University of Portsmouth||72||74|
|Birmingham City University||90||82|
Why Study Overseas?
- Obtain a more recognizable qualification from overseas universities
- Apply for a work visa after graduate to gain working experience
- Understand and experience different cultures, broaden your horizons and improve your English skills
- Similar duration as of completing a top-up degree in Hong Kong, reasonable cost
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Upcoming UK Activities
27 November (Sat) "How Hong Kong Associate Degree and Advanced Diploma (AD/HD) graduates enter UK Universities Seminar”
Explain various university entry pathways for AD/HD students. Nottingham Trent University representative will be our special guest to introduce the university and its popular bridging courses.