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    Hello everyone,

    I will be completing my HND course in computing at the end of this year and I'm looking forward to applying to a university.

    My question is, will it be better to do a final year top up or is it better to gain direct entry into the final year of an ordinary degree?

    I was told that top-up degrees are suited more for HND students because the modules they study in that year will start from scratch. On the other hand, a final year of an ordinary degree will require students to continue projects/ some modules from the previous (2nd) year. In other words, It will be difficult for me to cope since I will be a newbie and have less knowledge than those who already studied in year 1 and 2 of the programme and have previous work they are continuing with.

    Please help guys and girls.

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    Hello everyone,

    I will be completing my HND course in computing at the end of this year and I'm looking forward to applying to a university.

    My question is, will it be better to do a final year top up or is it better to gain direct entry into the final year of an ordinary degree?

    I was told that top-up degrees are suited more for HND students because the modules they study in that year will start from scratch. On the other hand, a final year of an ordinary degree will require students to continue projects/ some modules from the previous (2nd) year. In other words, It will be difficult for me to cope since I will be a newbie and have less knowledge than those who already studied in year 1 and 2 of the programme and have previous work they are continuing with.

    Please help guys and girls.

    Thank you
    Do some research and see just what top up degrees are available and whether they will let you onto year 3.


    Once you know, then see what each uni has to offer.

    The advantage of top up is its aimed at you plus all the other students start fresh like you.

    If they let you onto year 3 then people could already be cliqued off and your HND might not fit smoothly with year 3 if its a different institution.

    See what your options are.
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    [QUOTE=999tigger;74493470]Do some research and see just what top up degrees are available and whether they will let you onto year 3.

    Hello 999tiger,

    I have spent a lot of time researching top-up degrees, the problems is; The choices are very limited. Only some universities offer top ups with limited computer subjects. They are also far from home is the other problem.

    Ordinary degrees, however, have more options available as many Unis offer computer degrees in a wide variety of subjects and one could be found nearer to home.

    I guess I will have to attend some open days to speak directly with the tutors relating this issue.
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    (Original post by Sab1002)
    Hello 999tiger,

    I have spent a lot of time researching top-up degrees, the problems is; The choices are very limited. Only some universities offer top ups with limited computer subjects. They are also far from home is the other problem.

    Ordinary degrees, however, have more options available as many Unis offer computer degrees in a wide variety of subjects and one could be found nearer to home.

    I guess I will have to attend some open days to speak directly with the tutors relating this issue.
    There’s a third option to consider that will open up a lot more options to you.

    If you start in year 2 of a three year degree you will still get student finance for the last two years of the degree. It’s also more acceptable to a broader range of universities (some simply don’t allow entry into year 3 and others will only allow it with a perfect match with your HND modules) and it means that you have a year to settle in where your marks have less weight on your final degree classification. It’s a lot less risky than swapping into year 3 (or even a top up if it isn’t a top up that’s set up with your specific HND in mind).

    It does mean an extra year studying and a larger student loan to repay (but under current repayment rules that just means you repay for a bit longer....and for most students won’t make any difference to the amount repaid because they hit the time that the debt is cancelled before coming close to repaying).

    It might not be for you but it’s worth investigating as a fall back option if you can’t find the perfect course.
 
 
 
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