Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take a Step Up to the Next Level; Advertising FeaturePart-Time Postgrad Programmes Are a Way for Professionals to Advance Up the Career Ladder or Even Change Career While Still Earning and Gaining Valuable Work Experience

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take a Step Up to the Next Level; Advertising FeaturePart-Time Postgrad Programmes Are a Way for Professionals to Advance Up the Career Ladder or Even Change Career While Still Earning and Gaining Valuable Work Experience

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Byline: NIKI CHESWORTH

AFIRST degree is a gateway to a career, while a postgraduate programme is a way to advance, specialise or even change direction. However, taking a year off to study is not always an option. Professionals are often reluctant to give up their place on the career ladder, or simply need to continue earning to finance their studies. That is why part-time postgraduate programmes are so appealing. They can also provide those who were not sure about what career to pursue when they embarked on an undergraduate degree the chance to take an entirely different path.

For example, the law conversion course -- which leads to the Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) -- is an accredited conversion course at London South Bank University (LSBU) for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law.

Satisfying all the requirements of the professional bodies, including the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it draws on the 30 years of expertise at LSBU Law, which has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students. On successfully completing the CPE, students are then eligible to enter the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.

Taught by an experienced team of tutors, most of whom are solicitors or barristers, the course can be completed in 10 months full-time or over 20 months (from September to July over two years) part-time.

VALUABLE EXPERIENCE In other specialist areas, such as psychology, some postgraduate programmes are only offered on a parttime basis, reflecting the fact that professionals undertaking study will continue working and gaining valuable experience while they further their understanding or specialise in a particular therapy.

Others, such as the psychology diploma, which is an accredited conversion course for non-psychology graduates aiming for a professional career in psychology (satisfying all the requirements of the British Psychological Society), can be studied full or part-time.

The addiction psychology and counselling MSc offered by LSBU can only be completed part-time over 36 months. …

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