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    Hello there,

    I'm wondering if anyone has any experience in this area, or can offer some practical insights into the dilemma i'm facing.

    I got 10 GCSEs (A-C) and 3 A-levels when I was younger, I then went to a specialist music school and did a year studying professional musicianship - I got a PDC for this.

    After this, I decided to start working, so got a job with an agency doing gardening when I was 19. Long story short, after a few years I studied 3 modules of a management diploma and ended up as a manager for a local authority. I then studied a level 5 diploma in leadership and management and moved up the ladder into the position as a development manager for a different local authority.

    I'm now 28 and want to challenge myself to climb higher and do some more qualifications - my dream is to study for an MBA and move into a more senior position.

    I thought the logical step would be to go from my level 5 qualifications and study a degree in business management with OU, but have since learned that I could gain entry to their MBA programme with a 1 year 'professional certificate in management'.

    To me, this seems a bit of a cop out - skipping bachelors degree and going straight to masters level?

    Has anyone any experience in this sort of thing? would you bother with the degree, or just do the year course and go straight for the MBA?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    (Original post by jayman111)
    Hello there,

    I'm wondering if anyone has any experience in this area, or can offer some practical insights into the dilemma i'm facing.

    I got 10 GCSEs (A-C) and 3 A-levels when I was younger, I then went to a specialist music school and did a year studying professional musicianship - I got a PDC for this.

    After this, I decided to start working, so got a job with an agency doing gardening when I was 19. Long story short, after a few years I studied 3 modules of a management diploma and ended up as a manager for a local authority. I then studied a level 5 diploma in leadership and management and moved up the ladder into the position as a development manager for a different local authority.

    I'm now 28 and want to challenge myself to climb higher and do some more qualifications - my dream is to study for an MBA and move into a more senior position.

    I thought the logical step would be to go from my level 5 qualifications and study a degree in business management with OU, but have since learned that I could gain entry to their MBA programme with a 1 year 'professional certificate in management'.

    To me, this seems a bit of a cop out - skipping bachelors degree and going straight to masters level?

    Has anyone any experience in this sort of thing? would you bother with the degree, or just do the year course and go straight for the MBA?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Level 5 is the equivalent of the second year of a degree anyway, so that one year the OU are talking about could be the top up they require you to do. Plus the MBA is a higher qualification so not having the degree shouldn't make any difference at all.
 
 
 
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