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  • 'Topping up' your degree

    Once you’ve gained your foundation degree, you have the option to ‘top up’ to achieve a full honours degree.

    You may choose to continue your studies by entering the third year of an Oxford Brookes bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Alternatively, some of our partner colleges deliver one-year bachelor courses allowing you to study for a full degree locally.

    Throughout your time at our partner colleges you will benefit from a programme of activities we have developed with Oxford Brookes. This includes support for those interested in progressing from a foundation degree to a full bachelor’s degree.

    Applying to ‘top up’

    Depending on your course, you can either top up your degree by continuing onto a one year standalone course offered by your college, or by entering directly into the final year of an Oxford Brookes bachelors degree.

    Whichever option you choose, you should apply for top up courses through UCAS.

    In order to progress onto a ‘top up’ course you may be required to take certain modules during your initial foundation degree course.

    To find out more about these requirements, we recommend you talk to your tutor or the admissions team who can advise you on the pathway you may need to follow. 


    From doing work experience with McLaren while doing my BTEC National Diploma in Motorsport, I  went into full-time employment with them in their model shop.  In order to continue my professional development I knew I would have to further my studies.

    The teaching staff at Brooklands were excellent, with a wealth of experience both in teaching and in their industry field. Plus the facilities at the college are by far the best of any college in the area. So it was an easy decision to return to Brooklands to do a part-time foundation degree in Motorsports and then transfer onto the BSc (Hons) final year at Oxford Brookes University.

    The Foundation degree course really helped me to gain insight into all areas of motorsport and to decide the area that I wanted to make a career in. I know that without studying at Brooklands College I wouldn’t be working for McLaren now.

    David Tyler, graduate of a Foundation Degree in Motorsport at Brooklands College followed by a top up degree at Oxford Brookes