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    So after attending an open day and creating my application for my chosen biological science course (which was laborious getting the references and writing my personal statement) I sent off my application in Dec 2017.

    It said there was a 4 week notice period. I waited and wait and heard nothing, it got to 6 weeks and then almost 8 and I was beginning to think that my application had either been lost or automatically rejected without notification. I emailed the admissions department who said that they were still looking at it.

    Then 2 weeks later (yesterday) I get an email saying that I didn't get in because of my BSc grades. (I got a 2:2) bc the course was competitive. EVEN though the head of department who was also head of HE admissions said the Uni accept 2:2's and they are all considered individually. The class sizes he said were 10-15 but there were only me and other person at the induction day. I find it a bit odd to be refused when there clearly wasn't that many people interested in the course, and frustrated they kept me in limbo waiting for that long.

    The issue now is that I am stuck. I want to go back into learning but I am stuck in a full time minimum wage job which doesn't require my degree at all and I absolutely hate it. There are absolutely no current jobs working with animals let alone within in my MSC field all over the uk, (I've looked multiple times a day, every day for months) that I am qualified for as you usually need to be able to drive at minimum. There is only one other Uni in England that offers the same course as it is a very specialised area. The reason I didn't apply for that course is because it is very exam and theory orientated where as my chosen course had mostly practical assignments and one dissertation thesis.

    What do you do when you get rejected? I feel so lost and I dare not tell anyone I didn't get in as I feel so embarrassed.
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    (Original post by sadfrog)
    So after attending an open day and creating my application for my chosen biological science course (which was laborious getting the references and writing my personal statement) I sent off my application in Dec 2017.

    It said there was a 4 week notice period. I waited and wait and heard nothing, it got to 6 weeks and then almost 8 and I was beginning to think that my application had either been lost or automatically rejected without notification. I emailed the admissions department who said that they were still looking at it.

    Then 2 weeks later (yesterday) I get an email saying that I didn't get in because of my BSc grades. (I got a 2:2) bc the course was competitive. EVEN though the head of department who was also head of HE admissions said the Uni accept 2:2's and they are all considered individually. The class sizes he said were 10-15 but there were only me and other person at the induction day. I find it a bit odd to be refused when there clearly wasn't that many people interested in the course, and frustrated they kept me in limbo waiting for that long.

    The issue now is that I am stuck. I want to go back into learning but I am stuck in a full time minimum wage job which doesn't require my degree at all and I absolutely hate it. There are absolutely no current jobs working with animals let alone within in my MSC field all over the uk, (I've looked multiple times a day, every day for months) that I am qualified for as you usually need to be able to drive at minimum. There is only one other Uni in England that offers the same course as it is a very specialised area. The reason I didn't apply for that course is because it is very exam and theory orientated where as my chosen course had mostly practical assignments and one dissertation thesis.

    What do you do when you get rejected? I feel so lost and I dare not tell anyone I didn't get in as I feel so embarrassed.
    The fact that there were only two people at the open (not induction) day means very little regarding the number of applications. It looks to me as though they kept you on tenterhooks because they were waiting to see the total field. They must have received enough candidates with better qualifications so in the end rejected you.
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    (Original post by sadfrog)
    So after attending an open day and creating my application for my chosen biological science course (which was laborious getting the references and writing my personal statement) I sent off my application in Dec 2017.

    It said there was a 4 week notice period. I waited and wait and heard nothing, it got to 6 weeks and then almost 8 and I was beginning to think that my application had either been lost or automatically rejected without notification. I emailed the admissions department who said that they were still looking at it.

    Then 2 weeks later (yesterday) I get an email saying that I didn't get in because of my BSc grades. (I got a 2:2) bc the course was competitive. EVEN though the head of department who was also head of HE admissions said the Uni accept 2:2's and they are all considered individually. The class sizes he said were 10-15 but there were only me and other person at the induction day. I find it a bit odd to be refused when there clearly wasn't that many people interested in the course, and frustrated they kept me in limbo waiting for that long.

    The issue now is that I am stuck. I want to go back into learning but I am stuck in a full time minimum wage job which doesn't require my degree at all and I absolutely hate it. There are absolutely no current jobs working with animals let alone within in my MSC field all over the uk, (I've looked multiple times a day, every day for months) that I am qualified for as you usually need to be able to drive at minimum. There is only one other Uni in England that offers the same course as it is a very specialised area. The reason I didn't apply for that course is because it is very exam and theory orientated where as my chosen course had mostly practical assignments and one dissertation thesis.

    What do you do when you get rejected? I feel so lost and I dare not tell anyone I didn't get in as I feel so embarrassed.
    1. Open day attendance does not imply the amount of people applying (plenty of people apply without visiting, or visit them on a different date)
    2. The admissions tutor said they consider 2:2s and each individual application but this doesnt mean you will get an offer if you apply, it means they will look at your application without automatically rejecting it because you have a 2:2
    3. Just move on to the next idea/plan, there isnt anything you can do about this one now (unless you want to apply next year and hope less people apply, though I wouldnt hold your breath on this one)


    You say you want to work with animals, what about a vet nurse? you dont need a degree to become one, there are other routes into it.

    You say some of the jobs say you need to drive, is there a reason why you dont just learn?

    What is it you want to do career wise?
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    (Original post by sadfrog)
    So after attending an open day and creating my application for my chosen biological science course (which was laborious getting the references and writing my personal statement) I sent off my application in Dec 2017.

    It said there was a 4 week notice period. I waited and wait and heard nothing, it got to 6 weeks and then almost 8 and I was beginning to think that my application had either been lost or automatically rejected without notification. I emailed the admissions department who said that they were still looking at it.

    Then 2 weeks later (yesterday) I get an email saying that I didn't get in because of my BSc grades. (I got a 2:2) bc the course was competitive. EVEN though the head of department who was also head of HE admissions said the Uni accept 2:2's and they are all considered individually. The class sizes he said were 10-15 but there were only me and other person at the induction day. I find it a bit odd to be refused when there clearly wasn't that many people interested in the course, and frustrated they kept me in limbo waiting for that long.

    The issue now is that I am stuck. I want to go back into learning but I am stuck in a full time minimum wage job which doesn't require my degree at all and I absolutely hate it. There are absolutely no current jobs working with animals let alone within in my MSC field all over the uk, (I've looked multiple times a day, every day for months) that I am qualified for as you usually need to be able to drive at minimum. There is only one other Uni in England that offers the same course as it is a very specialised area. The reason I didn't apply for that course is because it is very exam and theory orientated where as my chosen course had mostly practical assignments and one dissertation thesis.

    What do you do when you get rejected? I feel so lost and I dare not tell anyone I didn't get in as I feel so embarrassed.
    It was a bit mean of them to keep you waiting, but their decision is usually final.

    Just because admissions told you that they accept 2:2s, doesn't mean they HAVE to accept everyone with a 2:2. They take the whole applicant into account, including relevant employment/work experience, and your personal statement. Also, I don't know about other people, but I didn't go to any induction or open days when I applied for my MA, so it's highly likely that lots of people applied but never visited. The number of people that go to an induction day does not always reflect the interest level or volume of applications for any course.

    Are there any courses you can do at your local college relating to animals? They don't have to be equivalent to Masters level study, and might help you get your foot in the door. Otherwise, if you are set on doing a masters, I would say to aim for courses where the entry requirement is a 2:2 (and that it says this on their website).
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    Thanks for the replies, although the context of responses is not really what I was looking for. I was looking more for support at other people who have been rejected..

    Like I mentioned previously, there are only 2 university's in England that teach this course, This one which "accepted 2:2's" and one which is a 2:1 and above only which obviously I cannot apply for.

    To be a Vet nurse takes 5+ years as my best friend is currently in their final year. Its also INCREDIBLY expensive as most official registered courses are only the Royal vet college. I have no interest in animal medicine and that is not something I want to go into - otherwise I would of gone to that college instead of the college and uni that I went to. In regards to driving - it is not "that simple" to just learn to drive. I have tried for many years and spent thousands of pounds only to be constantly ripped off by schools and private instructors. It is something that I am still looking to achieve personally even though I have now lost all confidence in the process.

    Without specifically disclosing my personal information which I don't want to do - I want to work ex-situ with natural wildlife in marginalised tribal communities, monitoring species abundance and conducting surveys.. to do that you mostly have to have at least a Masters minimum as i've been researching roles and job descriptions for years - which is why I was looking for friendly support because now I know that my life ambition is down the toilet. And before anyone goes off on one saying "well you should of studied harder" I did my absolute best and faced a lot of different issues whilst at university; I'm going to delete my account now because I was really hoping someone would say something kind and reassuring not make me feel like I have to justify and explain myself over the internet -_-
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    So because you posted a thread with an unclear goal (at no point did you say you were 'just looking for support') you're now going to throw a little fit, take it out on everyone else, and delete your account?

    Seems a healthy mature attitude to have. The only person stopping yourself going further is yourself, and until you stop hiding behind your massive wall of excuses, I doubt you'll get where you want to.
 
 
 
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