Page 2 | Postgrad Diploma but no first undergrad degree - any chance of loan?

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SFisnotsimple Wed 17-Nov-21 14:42:43

I'm in my 50s and pondering my future as I'll likely have an empty nest in a couple of years time.

I've always wanted to get an undergraduate degree - I went straight from O levels into a YTS (soooo old!!!) and then career. In my early 30s my organisation paid for me to a Postgraduate Diploma related to my job.

This seems to be something of an issue now if I want a loan from student finance to study an undergraduate degree, as I hold a Pg qualification.

I tried calling student finance but don't think they understood. The undergraduate degree I likely do is completely unconnected to the Pg Diploma I hold. As it's a Diploma only does it even "count" as a Pg thing?

Anyone any experience of this? I'd likely want to study part time so I can keep working part time and wouldn't qualify for any maintenance loans or similar - it's just for tuition fees. Not sure if I want OU or a local uni.

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SFisnotsimple Sat 27-Nov-21 18:49:15


Just saying hi because I did a sociology masters without prior study.
I found it totally fine honestly.
My certificate came in the post yesterday.

I'm 6 months into a phd now and marking essays for undergraduate sociology students.
Nobody asks whether I have a BSc! (Obviously it's on my cv).
Students are more interested in what I worked on for my dissertation

@SuperLoudPoppingAction wow! Do you have an undergraduate degree in another subject?

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SuperLoudPoppingAction Sat 27-Nov-21 19:06:40

I did...
But I couldn't find the transcript so they admitted me on the basis of my performance in a 20 credit module I did as cpd the year before.

SFisnotsimple Fri 21-Jan-22 16:34:16


How about this as a plan? You could do this module as a stand alone online:
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You could pay yourself (don't know how much but they're quite cheap), and use the module as entry to a Sociology based Masters next year (most unis would accept stand alone credit as demonstrating you're up to it) which you could then finance through the Masters loan.

@titchy I investigated this as looked like a really good option but just one module is over £2,000!

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