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jamie_tsr
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Hello,

I left school pretty much straight after GCSE's straight in to work ( many years ago ) and kinda of wished I had did a degree in software development.

To cut a boring story short My job has been in software development and it's been pretty good and I am at senior level developer with big company's for years ( and freelance ).

Due to a proven track record I can possibly do a MSc but more likely a PDCert first ( so the Uni says ).

Now I ask because a short while back I applied for a new post and didn't get it but instead go a nice email back saying though the skills and experience are up to the task the post requires a minimum of a degree 2:1. So would The PDCert, PDDip and MSc be held in the same light without the BSc ? As they are very expensive and I would have to work an extra couple of days to pay for it LOL ( wishful thinking ).

Anyone gone down the route ?

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hi all,

I guess the above is a situation not many people have come across ( understandable ) ? shame as the deadline is the end of December and still none the wiser really ( not wise enough to spend a few K lol ).

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There's no set rules as to whether or not they would accept a postgrad course instead - you'd have to ask the employer, and it will vary between employers.

Do be aware that if you were to doa PGDip or MSc, then you would no longer be eligible for student finance for an undergraduate degree if you wanted to go back and do one later on. This is due to the ELQ rules, so don't enter into a postgrad course blindly.

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Thanks very much, yes just looked into that ELQ and was not aware of the fact. But as I'm only really interested at this moment is doing the software engineering course and as PGCert and PGDip are of a higher qualification ( and quicker for me to do ) I shouldn't need to do the undergraduate BSc.

Well that's my logic but all comes down to if PGCert or PGDip on its own is just as highly regarded as a BSc + PGCert or PGDip, and that as you say is probably down to individual employers as you suggest.

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