I'm a newbie here and would really appreciate some advice. Please forgive me if all this seems a bit daft.
I graduated all the way back in 1992 and want to apply for a Masters Degree commencing in 2019. I have been to the University's post-graduate evening and have been told that the course is non-competitive but acceptance obviously depends on a personal statement . The lecturer I was speaking did not mention there being an issue with the fact that I graduated such a long time ago. There seems to be nothing on the university website to say I have to prove what my academic experiences have been over the last 5 years (the only requirement being listed is 2:1 which I have).
I am in full-time employment but over the years have done several short continuing education courses and a little voluntary work A lot of it connected to the course I want to do) when I have had time.
Graduating so long ago meant that I didn't receive any university transcripts. The university only hold the marks for my first year, which aren't the best - marks in my modules ranging from 54 to 64 (mainly in the 50's). My best work was in my 2nd and 3rd year where my marks have not been recorded.
In my first year at university I was living at home when my parents were breaking up. The whole thing was quite traumatic. This would likely have affected my marks but I also knew that I only needed a mark of 40 to pass in my first year and the marks would not count towards my degree so was not too concerned about my marks at the time ( I only told one lecturer about my family situation).
The trouble is that it has now come back to haunt me. As I have only my first year marks on my transcript and no other marks for the two years that really matter in terms of counting towards the final grade (only the modules taken are shown), it looks like I was a lazy lout.
I suppose my question is do you think that these first year marks will reflect badly on me as I ended up achieving a 2:1 anyway? The University require a 'good 2:1' which I was told I had at the time (but, alas, cannot prove this - only that I got a 2:1).
Do I include that I had personal issues at the time on my personal statement (it was 30 years ago!) or are these marks normal for the 1st year?
I really want to do this course now that my employer has relaxed my working hours allowing me to be able to study. I just think that because I graduated so long ago and my transcripts only show my first year marks that there may be a problem.
What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance
As I said I wouldnt submit. a partial transcript especially as it has no bearing on the degree grade.