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    I was wondering if it is worth taking an extra semester (medical defferal) for 3 modules after already graduating with a borderline 2:1 this summer. I wanted to improve my grades (and transcript) from borderline to hopefully a high 2:1, is it worth it? Will employers see this as a worse off scenario and should I just leave my grades as is?

    Btw I will be starting work in my field in September and will be a distant learning student not attending lectures, however the content should be pretty familiar. I want to improve my grades for my long term career aspects in case I want to aim for a more sought after company in the future where competition is high. (My degree is in Finance and Accounting and I was a 2nd year direct entry student)
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    A 2:1 is a 2:1.
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    (Original post by Kaddy05)
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    If you've graduated you can't change your degree, it's a done deal.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    If you've graduated you can't change your degree, it's a done deal.
    Well I did submit a mitigating circumstances claim for some of the modules i took last year. So if i agree to retake them this coming September my degree will be revoked and reinstated with the new module grades and have a new awarded date and GPA on the certificate and transcript will also change.
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    (Original post by Kaddy05)
    Well I did submit a mitigating circumstances claim for some of the modules i took last year. So if i agree to retake them this coming September my degree will be revoked and reinstated with the new module grades and have a new awarded date and GPA on the certificate and transcript will also change.
    Which university and subject?
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    Which university and subject?
    I studied Finance and Accounting at Oxford Brookes
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    (Original post by Kaddy05)
    I studied Finance and Accounting at Oxford Brookes
    I'd say not worth it, if you have employment settled for the autumn. Within 2 -3 years, the actual grades you got wont make any difference, the headline of 2.1, Finance and Accounting, Oxford Brookes will be all that is read. No employer will be interested in further detail, the experience you bring from your role, references, skills etc will all be far more important. Move on with life.
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    Unless you plan on applying for master's and PhD programmes it's unlikely to make a difference. The (few) employers likely to discriminate between a high and low 2:1 are primarily the ones who aggressively attempt to recruit "elite" university graduates. They are more likely to filter your application just for being a 2:1 from a university that doesn't fit their preference already anyway, while most others will accept a 2:1 at face value and not really specify a need for the transcript.

    Of course, many master's degrees require a "good 2:1" which typically means borderline candidates aren't strongly considered (if at all, for some popular courses) - PhDs are similar if they don't require a master's already, which would have hit this particular stumbling block beforehand. There are of course some which are less prescriptive, and even the former category are likely to consider the fact you had extenuating circumstances (unlike employers who are less likely to either care or take into account these factors).

    In either case it doesn't really make a huge difference - it's up to you what you want to do, but consider whether a) it's possible for you to slip from a low 2:1 to a 2:2, and b) whether you really want to go through the process of sitting these exams again - particularly if it's not even going to change your degree classification positively.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    I'd say not worth it, if you have employment settled for the autumn. Within 2 -3 years, the actual grades you got wont make any difference, the headline of 2.1, Finance and Accounting, Oxford Brookes will be all that is read. No employer will be interested in further detail, the experience you bring from your role, references, skills etc will all be far more important. Move on with life.
    Thank you very much for your response. I think I'll take your advice on this one. Ta
 
 
 
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