If You Got a Third Class Honours...Watch
I have a friend is going to get one. It's his fault he never worked. Having said that though he was suffering from depression, had bad experiances in the halls, lonely etc. I suggested to him to clear his mind and start over again if he was determined enough, because he had good a-levels etc but didn't work out for him this time. He's started to get his act together at the end of third year, got over 60 in some modules but it was too late by then.
So what do you think he should do? You couldn't get a job with it could you?
Retaking the undergraduate degree is an option, but you'd need to be able to find what, £11k-£12k, because SF won't fund it.
Ultimately though, if he's been suffering from depression, lack of friends and so forth, then he should've put in for extenuating circumstances a while ago, and contacted the students' union or the university to get some help. It's the end of term now, and he'll really struggle to get anything done about it; it's too late, especially if he wanted help with 1st/2nd year marks.
The degree probably isn't worth much, but it's something he's going to have to work with. Carol Vorderman for example, only got a 3rd in every year of her Engineering degree at Cambridge, and we can safely say she's been successful. It's not a great certificate to hold, but it's not the end of the world; to some employer's it'll be better than nothing because you've acquired knowledge, and to others they'll look down on it because 40% isn't too difficult to get.
To the people saying they'd repeat it: do you realise you'd pay full unsubsidised fees (~£12k per year I believe) and get no student loan? How would you afford it?
I would commit Seppuku.
OP's mate should now come to some conclusions and maybe tried his chances in the world of work ? University doesn't always turn out good for everyone. What is worst in such situation, making excuses for yourself and pretending that everything is cool
If it was possible I'd try to do a masters to cover up getting a third. I doubt I'd have to motivation to redo an undergrad.
In fairness though costs aside if he went with the PG Cert/Msc it would take him almost as long, because he always have that third and I think he could only override it with another degree (2:1/1st).
...and thats just considering it with costs aside (it will cost an eye wateringly high amount for him to do another undergrad)
What does he want to do with life?