Course asks for a 2.1 or higher, i have a 2.2 Honours Degree is that good enough?

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Joy5 Fri 26-Jul-13 12:07:05

I might come across as being very stupid here in not knowing the answer to this question, but i'm thinking of re-training as a librarian (briefly my marriage ended, i'm working par-time as a library assistant so hopefully i can get a better paid job).

I studied for an Open University degree while giving birth to my 3 sons and graduated with an Honours Degee, my degree is a 2.2.

The course asks for a 2.1 above, will my Honours Degree count as higher then this, or will i still be classed as a 2.2.

Hope this can be understood, not sure how to explain it more clearly, but not sure who else i can ask!

ItsaTIARA Mon 09-Sep-13 16:12:23

Oh well done OP - I remember this thread from a while ago, and didn't post because I'd only have been echoing everyone else with "worth a try, they can only say no".

Good luck, and think about what your USPs are - what knowledge and skills you have that are applicable to the course and your longterm career. What was your degree in?

Joy5 Mon 09-Sep-13 16:20:54

Thats a good tip Peter, just been looking again at what the course covers.

Will have to carry on working (only part time currently) and study at the same time. Not been successful with any bursaries, so looks like i'll have to fund myself too, luckily when my marriage ended i had some money in the bank i've not spent, made sure i lived on my low salary and tax credits, so i've got the first year course costs already. That gives me a year at least to save for the 2nd year, which is paid in two instalments so 18 months for the last of it.

Seeing it as an investment, if i invest now, then i'll reap the benefits in the future, can see how happy my librarian colleagues are in their jobs, so know i'll be happy to, long as i can the interview!

MrsFlorrick Mon 09-Sep-13 16:29:06

Do you have any professional qualifications or other post graduate on the job training (formal training)?

If so then that will help given your degree is a 2.2. Most masters courses insist on a 2.1 or a 1st unless you have professional qualifications.

I would speak to the admissions department and perhaps the Course Director for the masters you are interested in. If you don't have any additional formal training or qualifications to offer up then its unlikely your 2.2 will get you into a masters course.

titchy Mon 09-Sep-13 16:31:34

Read the thread mrsdloreick she's got an interview!

78bunion Mon 09-Sep-13 16:49:38

In my day 15% of teenagers when to university and of those 15% only about a third (of which I was one got an upper second class or first) and the rest got 2/2, third or ordinary/pass degree. So it was fairly common for employers to accept people with a lower second class honours degree. These days about 2/3rd on many honours degree courses receive a 21/1 or higher and plenty of students know they just will not easily get jobs with 2/2s so getting that good 2/1 is absolutely cruicial to employment prospects.

The trouble is it is not a fair comparison. Comparing an old 2/2 with a new 2/2 is not very fair on the older graduate.

Joy5 Sat 14-Sep-13 18:14:49

Just wanted to say, i had my interview and was offered a place!!

Term starts the week after next, the Professor who interviewed me did emphasise that it was my working experience that helped me to get an interview as well as my 2.2.

Apparently lots of people apply for librarian MAs, who have the qualifications but don't have the experience.

So at almost fifty, i'm going to be a student again, but i'll do it and do it well, so in two years time i can attempt to get my first motgage in my own name once i've securred a job as a librarian! That means my ex can't threaten ever again to stop paying the mortgage, or any of the other things hes threatened over our home.

Thanks to everyone who suggested i contact the university and ask if i'd be considered with a lower degree then asked for. It seems really obvious now, why didn't it occur to me to ask, rather then wonder about it for so long, but it really didn't, just so grateful for all the advice, and obviously everyone who said ring and ask was absolutely right smile

ModeratelyObvious Sat 14-Sep-13 18:19:24

Well done!

creamteas Sat 14-Sep-13 18:41:39

That's great news, congratulations smile

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sat 14-Sep-13 19:34:55

Just saw this, congratulations! smile

Not surprising at all IMO, to get a 2.2 while having three children is impressive.

Best of luck with the job.

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