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    I want to study English or a related discipline at masters level by distance or online learning part-time as I need stay in full-time employment to afford the course fees. I miss studying and don't want to do another bachelors to get a 2:1 because 1) It would take me too long to complete, 2) I simply don't have the money to fund three-six years of study. I could easily cope with the demands of a masters because doing it on a part time basis means that I can do it at a pace that suits me and this means I can dedicate my time to studying, rather than wasting my life with the temptations of living in a big city . I made the mistake of studying full-time and working more hours than I should have done, making up for the atrocious social life I had at school (I don't drink much), because I had no friends at the time, and pointlessly throwing myself into depression over a relationship breakup, therefore I didn't have the time to put into my studies and I ended up with the curse of the dreaded 2:2.

    Anyway, I am now slightly older, much wiser, more dedicated and with a purpose in life. You would not believe how different I am now. How can I convince admissions tutors that I can cope with the demands of a postgraduate qualification?
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    I guess that if you have work experience, good references and a good PS you can get in despite your 2.2
    However, I think that for top unis that look first at grades that might be hard (simply because there is too much competition and you'll be disqualified simply on the basis of your grades)

    Apart from that, I'm pretty sure some unis will accept you with a 2.2!
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    There are a lot of courses that require a 2:2 minimum? It's not the end of the world - just check with admissions before applying for a course.
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    (Original post by crackingod)
    I guess that if you have work experience, good references and a good PS you can get in despite your 2.2
    However, I think that for top unis that look first at grades that might be hard (simply because there is too much competition and you'll be disqualified simply on the basis of your grades)

    Apart from that, I'm pretty sure some unis will accept you with a 2.2!
    All that matters to me is the qualification. I'm not fussed about where I study, particularly since I'm wanting to study from home anyway. I'm considering Open University, but I'm not sure what entry requirements you need because it doesn't state on their website. I'm also happy to study any English related course, because I don't want to specialise in any particular aspect of English, I just want to study something general.

    I don't want to excel or be the best as long as I achieve my own personal goals. I went to university for the experience and for the enjoyment I got from reading books, writing essays and the general experience of learning.
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    (Original post by Powersymphonia)
    All that matters to me is the qualification. I'm not fussed about where I study, particularly since I'm wanting to study from home anyway. I'm considering Open University, but I'm not sure what entry requirements you need because it doesn't state on their website. I'm also happy to study any English related course, because I don't want to specialise in any particular aspect of English, I just want to study something general.

    I don't want to excel or be the best as long as I achieve my own personal goals. I went to university for the experience and for the enjoyment I got from reading books, writing essays and the general experience of learning.
    In that case you'll be fine
    Anyway, you will find that most unis won't accept distance learning, so that will reduce your choice.
    Open University sounds like a good option
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    The Open University are probably the best for distance courses. They have a pretty good support network offered through tutors, forums and summer schools (if applicable).

    I did a BSc with them and I have nothing but love for the institution! The only problem with the OU Masters courses is that subject choice is kind of lacking sometimes if you don't go on campus, at least for science.

    I think they're generally very accepting of qualifications. I think enrolling on the distance (not the campus research PhDs etc) courses for Masters just requires the undergrad degree in the right subject.
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    The OU are the specialists in distance learning, and - for the taught Masters in English - the requirements are:

    "You must hold an honours degree to be accepted for the MA in English programme. Your bachelors degree need not be in English but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area."

    Sounds ideal?

    http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/qualification/f58.htm
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    a 2:2 won't stop you progressing to study at postgrad level.

    I applied to lots of unis as a means of increasing my chances of being accepted to study at postgrad level. I even got accepted with my 2:2 from unis who said in their prospectus that the course requires a 2:1.

    So yeah, especially with humanities, unis seem happy to look at the person and their enthusiasm for the course. It was only the really top top top unis that rejected my application with me having a 2:2

    so don't be put off good luck
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    Why on earth did I get neg-repped for my post above?
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    Some unis will accept a 2:2, and some will if you have relevant experience/show enough enthusiasm.

    The Open University is a good idea, though
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    Some universities offer bridging courses - These are usually for people with a wealth of industry experience but no academic qualifications, that want to do a postgrad.

    Alternatively, you could try applying for a pg cert, and the credits that you earn from that would end up counting towards a masters anyway
 
 
 
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