Progression Route (OTHM)

All of the academic courses offered by GSBMS are Ofqual approved and universities will generally accept the credits awarded to our students.

Students should make it clear to the University that the qualification is OFQUAL RQF validated, at the stated level/credit value. Online Business School can provide students with the requisite Ofqual documentation and transcript.

Alternatively students can visit the Ofqual website  to validate the qualification. Each University will consider an application on its merits subject to their own specific entry requirements.

Graduating GSBMS students can progress onto a University programme either to join at Undergraduate entry level, usually on completion of a Level 3 programme, or onto a “top-up” Degree, depending on the level of their completed Ofqual programme.

These level equivalencies can be viewed on our ‘Study Levels Explained‘ page.

Generally Level 3 is Undergraduate entry,

Level 4 first year Degree,

Level 5 second year Degree,

Level 6 Graduate level and

Level 7 Post Graduate level.

University Top-up courses require you to have a qualification in a relevant subject. This means that the course of study that you choose should be closely tied to your previous qualification.

However, it does not have to be the same subject, in many cases if you have studied your level 3/4/5/6 or 7 qualifications in English, an IELTS may not be required. 

There is wide flexibility and this flexibility allows our students to have a wide range of career or completion prospects upon graduation from GSBMS. Universities will generally look at your broader experiences and motivations as well as formal qualifications.

Progression Options

On completion of GSBMS progression course, students have the following options available to them:

Most Universities will accept Ofqual credits for advanced entry and therefore students can choose their own University to study full time for a shorter period. Many Universities will also offer part time study programmes either as day release or evening study. Some may also offer weekend workshops. Checks can be made at your preferred University. (Click here to contact us). It should be understood by students that these are general guidelines and students should always check the requirements with their preferred University or their local University Agent if they intend to make an Application. Many Universities operate part time/evening provision and students should check possibilities with their preferred Universities first.

Some UK Universities operate overseas Campuses and may accept local students on their programmes with advanced entry. For example UK Universities have campuses in Dubai, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong amongst many others. Students should check locally for these arrangements. There are several UK Campuses in UAE . Other examples are in Hong Kong, Cyprus, Mauritius and several parts of South Asia. For International students looking to complete in UK may also visit the NARIC website to view equivalencies.

Students may want to study at Institutions nearer their home country or qualifications outside of UK. For example many Australian and Canadian Universities offer distance learning and will recognise equivalent UK qualifications on a case by case basis.

USA Universities will generally accept UK advanced entry students and equivalence but there is a huge difference between regions and Universities with general policy.

The Association of MBAs is a membership organisation that provides accreditation and upholds the highest international standards of MBA programmes. Many UK Universities are Members and offer distance learning study. Although credits cannot be given, admission can be gained via the GSBMS Level 6 or 7 plus the requisite additional entry requirements of your chosen University. Students should check the regulations of their chosen University first.

If you require more information regarding specific progression routes, click the following links for more information

OTHM Brochure

OTHM Brochure for Masters Degree

alternatively you can contact Gulf School of Business and Management Studies Support team on [email protected] for further advice and guidance.