A second Bachelor's or a MSc Conversion?

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Which would you choose and why?

[I'm currently mid-way through my second Bachelor's degree to garner graduate membership of the BPS. I chose a part-time, distance learning route so that I could continue to work full time and build my current career and because I wouldn't have access to a PG loan].
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Second bachelors might be very expensive if it isnt a funding exception course, i would personally find it prohibitively expensive, so depends if you can afford it. Would the course benefit from three years of full time study or will a masters accomplish the same goal?

Masters are quicker to do so can start working sooner, much cheaper (don't need to find three years of living costs on top of tuition, need fewer years of tuition) and potential for funding out there. Hard to say without knowing the course but if it can be done in a masters and it'll land you the job you want then i'd probably go the masters route, unless the bachelors you want is an exception course and will grant further funding.
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(Original post by Kogomogo)
Second bachelors might be very expensive if it isnt a funding exception course, i would personally find it prohibitively expensive, so depends if you can afford it. Would the course benefit from three years of full time study or will a masters accomplish the same goal?

Masters are quicker to do so can start working sooner, much cheaper (don't need to find three years of living costs on top of tuition, need fewer years of tuition) and potential for funding out there. Hard to say without knowing the course but if it can be done in a masters and it'll land you the job you want then i'd probably go the masters route, unless the bachelors you want is an exception course and will grant further funding.
Hi Kogomogo, thanks for your response. It's an interesting point for discussion.

I should have mentioned in my original post that BSc Psychology is an ELQ-exempt course and as a result one can access tuition loans to support study. This is the only reason why I am able to undertake it as otherwise, you're right, a Bachelor's is far more expensive than a Master's qualification.

Sometimes I wonder if it's an advantage to have a three year foundation in comparison to one year of a conversion, or is this a disadvantage of time as the conversion one-year programmes don't take the time to teach skills a person has already learned in their previous degree.
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Hi Kogomogo, thanks for your response. It's an interesting point for discussion.

I should have mentioned in my original post that BSc Psychology is an ELQ-exempt course and as a result one can access tuition loans to support study. This is the only reason why I am able to undertake it as otherwise, you're right, a Bachelor's is far more expensive than a Master's qualification.

Sometimes I wonder if it's an advantage to have a three year foundation in comparison to one year of a conversion, or is this a disadvantage of time as the conversion one-year programmes don't take the time to teach skills a person has already learned in their previous degree.
Learning wise i'd say you'll be able to go more in depth with a bachelors and have more time to pick up the concepts, come up with a final year project and carry it out etc, so i think there are benefits to doing a bachelors if it's financially possible. It might just be down to your preference if you want to do it quick and get started in a career, or take the time to go more in depth and potentially learn the subject better. Would your future career goals favour a bachelors over a masters? Does having extra student debt bother you? Then there's the social sode of it, some find the idea of another 3 years of student life appealing, others don't. It would really come down to what you want and need to get out of the course i think.
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I did a conversion course instead of a three year undergraduate degree and felt very out of my depth when I started my MSc. But that wore off by the end of the first semester and I'm actually doing way better now than I ever did in my undergraduate.

The tricky thing with conversions is that these days most of them are MSc's, meaning that if you use the postgraduate loan for the conversion you'd have to self-fund the second, specialised masters most people end up completing in order to become a practitioner psychologist (except in Clinical Psychology where you'd have to complete a doctorate). I was lucky in that my conversion course was a PgDip so I was still eligible for postgraduate funding, but a friend on my course had to use her mortgage savings to fund her second MSc as she already had a masters.
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