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    I'm currently in my third year at a former poly, I'm wanting to do a MA in Social Work at a better university but GCSE grades are not great (I only left with 5 GCSE's A-C) Is It worth taking a year out to resit my a couple of GCSE's and get a little more work experience in the meantime or apply for a masters and hopefully they take very little notice of my GCSE grades. I'm predicted a 2:1 but aiming for a first as the majority of my work last year was a high 2:1.
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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    I'm currently in my third year at a former poly, I'm wanting to do a MA in Social Work at a better university but GCSE grades are not great (I only left with 5 GCSE's A-C) Is It worth taking a year out to resit my a couple of GCSE's and get a little more work experience in the meantime or apply for a masters and hopefully they take very little notice of my GCSE grades. I'm predicted a 2:1 but aiming for a first as the majority of my work last year was a high 2:1.
    As long as you have the minimum GCSE requirements for the course you are applying to it is unlikely they will place any/much emphasis on them as it has been so long since your GCSEs. The important qualification will be your degree.

    That aside though, why not apply now and see if you get in? if you do then great but if you dont then you can ask for feedback on your application and strengthen the areas that you were weaker on over the year before applying again.
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    (Original post by kayleighisonfire)
    I'm currently in my third year at a former poly, I'm wanting to do a MA in Social Work at a better university but GCSE grades are not great (I only left with 5 GCSE's A-C) Is It worth taking a year out to resit my a couple of GCSE's and get a little more work experience in the meantime or apply for a masters and hopefully they take very little notice of my GCSE grades. I'm predicted a 2:1 but aiming for a first as the majority of my work last year was a high 2:1.
    Hi kayleighisonfire


    Great news to hear you want to continue to postgraduate study!

    I agree with some of the points made by madmadmax321 that it's worth applying as they're going to be much more concerned with your undergraduate degree than your GCSEs and with Social Work they really like to see experience more than anything.

    It could always be worth applying in the situation you are now, seeing what the result of your application is, and then if you need to retake any of your GCSEs then you could do. It would save you taking a year out that could be unnecessary.

    Best of luck with your application, if you need any help with advice or statement writing don't hesitate to ask, I've been through the postgraduate application process myself.

    Thanks
    Matt - NTU PG TSR Rep

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    (Original post by madmadmax321)
    As long as you have the minimum GCSE requirements for the course you are applying to it is unlikely they will place any/much emphasis on them as it has been so long since your GCSEs. The important qualification will be your degree.

    That aside though, why not apply now and see if you get in? if you do then great but if you dont then you can ask for feedback on your application and strengthen the areas that you were weaker on over the year before applying again.
    Thank you, Social Work is quite competitive which is making me question if I need to resit them. It's all very complex at the moment as I do not have one of the required grades but I have an equivalent which I need to continue to to ask universities if they accept instead of a GCSE. I am also waiting a diagnosis which would explain why I have always struggled with the subject hence why I got a D in the GCSE no matter how much revision I did. If needs be I will resit but I am doubtful I will pass.
 
 
 
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