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    Hello, just wondering if anyone has had any experience in applying for a postgraduate, when they have been given a third in their degree? Quite frankly I'm devastated. it wasn't the easiest of years, and exceptional circumstances where needed, the degree was very new also it was a top up and lasted only a year. We where the Guinea pigs in other words.
    I'm desperately hoping to study cognitive behavioural therapies at Salford university, I will be self funding. What are the chances of me getting a place on thee course? Thank you for your replies in advance.
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    If the postgraduate course is at your current site of study you may have a slim chance as a returning student. Or maybe if the course is under capacity you may be successful applying via Clearance.

    Otherwise, I'm sorry, but you haven't met the entry requirements as all of the post graduate courses that I know request a 2.1 in undergraduate study but at a push will consider a 2.2 grade.

    A third indicates that you may not be suited to the rigours of post graduate study.
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    Your undergraduate degree was one year long?

    I'm not sure if a first in it would even be considered for postgraduate as they normally expect at least three years of undergraduate work first.
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    (Original post by Keyhofi)
    Your undergraduate degree was one year long?
    I'm wondering the same thing.
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    (Original post by mumofthree123)
    Hello, just wondering if anyone has had any experience in applying for a postgraduate, when they have been given a third in their degree? Quite frankly I'm devastated. it wasn't the easiest of years, and exceptional circumstances where needed, the degree was very new also it was a top up and lasted only a year. We where the Guinea pigs in other words.
    I'm desperately hoping to study cognitive behavioural therapies at Salford university, I will be self funding. What are the chances of me getting a place on thee course? Thank you for your replies in advance.
    Universities look at three main things for taught postgrad: academic record, references, and, where applicable, practical experience. If you're weak in one area, you need to make up for this by being strong in the others.

    For a subject like counselling, if you can demonstrate a good practical track record (for example if you worked part-time alongside a HNC/HND before doing the top-up) this would help. If you've got a working knowledge of the cognitive behaviour therapies it helps your study of the theory behind them.

    You'd also need very supportive references - they would need to explain the exceptional circumstances that contributed to the third. Professional references could possibly also be useful.

    You really do need to talk to Salford about it though - they will give you a better indication of your chances.
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    The course was called a top up in counselling studies. as I have already undertaken a level 4 diploma in counselling, this qualified me to gain entry to the level 6 degree in counselling. the routes with counselling is a totally different process for some reason? I don't exactly understand why either, as I found this jump extremely difficult as there was only 4 modules, one including the dissertation. Other people on previous courses have applied straight for a masters at Chester university, the mind boggles to how they coped.
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    Or maybe if the course is under capacity you may be successful applying via Clearance.
    No such thing as Clearance (do you mean Clearing?) for postgrad applications - you apply to each university individually unfortunately! Would be much easier if there was a centralised system.
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    Your undergraduate degree was one year long?
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    I'm wondering the same thing.
    Top-up degree is a one year course following HNC/HND or foundation degree - this often involves several years of part-time study so it isn't just one year of undergraduate study.
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    (Original post by Jantaculum)
    Universities look at three main things for taught postgrad: academic record, references, and, where applicable, practical experience. If you're weak in one area, you need to make up for this by being strong in the others.

    For a subject like counselling, if you can demonstrate a good practical track record (for example if you worked part-time alongside a HNC/HND before doing the top-up) this would help. If you've got a working knowledge of the cognitive behaviour therapies it helps your study of the theory behind them.

    You'd also need very supportive references - they would need to explain the exceptional circumstances that contributed to the third. Professional references could possibly also be useful.

    You really do need to talk to Salford about it though - they will give you a better indication of your chances.
    Thank you very much for helpful post. I have just booked on a open day at Salford university, fingers crossed they give me a bit more insight of what my chances will be on gaining a place.
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    Your right, I have been studying/training in counselling since 2009. I have chosen to specialise in cognitive behavioural therapies, I just hope I can.
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    If the majority of places are funded, then you may have a better shot as a self funded candidate as few people will be able and willing to pay.
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    I have a 2:2. I have had more offers than rejections for masters degrees. I think the panic surrounding not getting a 2:1 can be disproportionate to the reality.

    Apply to the course with a strong personal statement. Ultimately it is the only way to find out if they will take you onto the course. Be sure to detail your achievements on your hnd and mention the exceptional circumstances surrounding the 3rd (but be sure not to let that dominate the strengths that you'll want to highlight).

    Good luck
 
 
 
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