A conversion course is a vocational postgraduate qualification usually taken by graduates wanting to change subject areas after their first degree and better prepare themselves for the job market
There are different types of conversion degrees to choose from and each is particular to a specific industry. Deciding which one to pick will depend on the type of course you wish to do at postgraduate level and the industry in which you wish to work.
Some of the popular conversion courses available are:
Conversion courses are available in a range of subjects, including accountancy, business, engineering, human resources (HR), marketing, property and social work, amongst others. To find a conversion course to suit you, search courses and research.
If you wish to change careers or continue studying in a different subject area from your undergraduate degree, you could take a conversion course. For example, an English or history graduate wanting to start a legal career would need to complete a law conversion course in order to meet the entry requirements for postgraduate study.
Because conversion programmes are largely vocational, many are accredited by a professional body. If you are working in an industry that acknowledges a professional body, your employer may sponsor you to complete a course, which can lead to improved job prospects and fast-tracked career development.
Programmes are usually year-long, taught courses, but this can depend on the subject. Fast-track routes compile programmes into shorter time scales for individuals looking to boost their skills and enter the job market quickly.
Modes of study will depend on the course subject, but will usually involve work placements and a hands-on approach with exams being taken alongside essays.
You will need to apply directly to the course provider, as there is no central application processor, as in undergraduate degrees. Each institution has its own deadlines for applications.
With the vocational nature of these courses, your employer may be willing to sponsor you, especially if your course is accredited by a professional body and can prove beneficial to the organisation.
Other sources of funding, such as grants and scholarships, may be available for postgraduate conversion courses, depending on the subject and your circumstances. Search for postgraduate funding at funding my further study.
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