Associates Degree ----> Top-up Degree in UK?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by christinachua, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Well, I've been told that an Associates Degree from United States is equivalent to a Higher Diploma/HND in UK. Therefore, I was wondering if I am qualified to enroll in one of these top-up Bachelors programs offered by UK Universities, of course, in relevance to my A.S. Degree.

    My Associates Degree is from Ashworth College. Ah yes, it's a DETC accredited school. I have been told by several sources that NARIC UK does not evaluate DETC degrees as they are not regionally accredited.
    But my main point is that I am targeting UK universities which are also offering DL courses, such as the University of Essex, University of Sunderland, and Anglia Ruskin University. I suppose brick-and-mortar schools who are also offering online degrees will be more open to accept DETC degrees? Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Please feel free to share your experiences with the above-mentioned situation. =)
  2. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Well, apparently, I wasn't rejected, and neither was I accepted.
    What happened was they are quite open to the idea of DETC degrees; however, an Associates Degree from the US is only equivalent to the first-year
    of a degree program in the UK, so I'd have to take up a bridging program to obtain a HND before I enroll into the final year.
    I guess the difference between the education system of US and UK is that UK's courses are more industry specific.
    Although US has a 4 year curriculum, and has more subjects, I guess only 2/6 subjects are relevant to the field of study we are taking.
    Too many electives I guess. Sigh. :/
  3. christinachua

    christinachua New Member


    I successfully enrolled into a Degree program in UK.
    An associate degree from US is equivalent to a HNC - first year of a degree program.
    Since then, I've completed the bridging modules and I'm awaiting for my enrollment in Jan for the 1-year top-up program! Excited*
    Afterwards, I might pursue my MBA from Eastern Mexico University, or New Charter (due to its affordabilty and it's ACE accredited), but the name kinda puts me off a little. I don't know, but it just sounds weird...
    Do recommend any affordable DL MBA program for non-resident students like me, so I can put them in a list to consider!

    Have a great evening, everyone!
  4. ColinBeere

    ColinBeere New Member

    Hi Chritina, Which university did you end up going with

    HI, I am in a very similar situation, I have a US Associate degree from a regionally accredited college, and want to do a UK BA degree. Any more you can share of your experience would be great. Thanks for your time, I hope your studies are going well.
  5. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Hello Colin! No problem, I'm more than happy to share my experience with you.
    I ended up enrolling into the University of Sunderland, via RDI (Distance Learning Degrees Online | Study UK Universities Courses from Home - RDI - RDI).
    What I know is that a US Associates Degree would qualify for the Year 1 of a UK degree, which is a UK Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC), in the same field that is.
    You may want to send them a scanned copy of your transcript and allow them to evaluate the exact number of credits that will transfer. In some cases, you may even qualify to enroll into the final year without any hassle. I did a couple of bridging modules before gaining entry to its top-up degree. My US Associate degree is nationally accredited, though.
    Let me know if you need any more information.
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Glad to read success stories of this kind. That's right - as Christina stated, UK NARIC (the official credential evaluating agency) will not evaluate American NA degrees. But UK Universities themselves are not bound by that policy. They can - and do - make up their own minds, as in this case. And yes - an Associate degree or a HND are two of the usual routes to a top-up program.

    I wish Colin and Christina every success.

  7. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    It is nice to hear success stories.

    Re transfering credit; the typical USA AA contains courses normally done in UK high schools and certified by means of A level exams. So I'm not surprised you did not get full credit for an AA degree.

    I knew of students from the UK getting credit for their A levels at US colleges.

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