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University Pathways

You don’t have to spend three years studying at expensive universities to gain a full degree or MBA anymore. It is possible to earn your diploma with Notting Hill College before completing a top up year by distance learning or on-campus through a UK university.

Here is a breakdown of the levels and where they can take you.

Level 3 Courses are equivalent to A- Levels and will be accepted by most Universities for entry on to their Undergraduate course. However there may be other entry requirements such as English language competency tests.

Level 4/5 Courses are equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate degree (240 credits). Most Universities will accept students for top up onto the final year of an Undergraduate Degree either on campus or by distance learning with this qualification.

Level 6 Courses will allow students entry onto most university Postgraduate Management courses, relevant work experience and English language competency may also be required.

Level 7 Courses will be accepted by many universities as advanced entry onto a MBA top up course. (However universities with AMBA accredited MBAs will not accept any exemptions but will usually accept Level 6 or Level 7 as entry qualifications).

Study on campus in the UK for top-up courses or direct entry to university.

Upon completion of one of our courses at Notting Hill College, students will be able to apply to top up year on campus at university. For Level 3 programmes students can apply for Undergraduate entry for a full programme, Level 6 programmes will allow entry at most Universities for full time Post Graduate study.

ATHE have listed all the progression routes and the university with which they have direct arrangements with. You can find it here – https://athe.co.uk/progression-routes/

Alternatively students can choose their own University through the UCAS website – https://www.ucas.com/

Distance learning is also an option for some universities, however students are encouraged to discuss this individually with their chosen institute.

Other universities offering distance learning Business programmes

Students can choose to apply directly to a UK University not linked to ATHE. However they should make it clear to the University that the qualification is Ofqual QCF validated at the stated level. Notting Hill College can provide the official Ofqual documentation and transcript if required, alternatively students can visit the Ofqual website to confirm the qualification https://www.gov.uk/find-a-regulated-qualification.

Remember each University applicant is subject to the universities own specific entry requirements.

Below is a list of a few UK Distance Learning providers offering Business programmes:

  • Edinburgh Napier University

  • University of Essex(BA)

  • University of Essex(MBA)

  • Leeds Beckett University

  • Northumbria University

If you are interested in furthering your career and gaining valuable business qualifications, study a business management course at Notting Hill College.


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