I got a 2:2 in drama — does it even matter how well I do in my GDL and BPTC?

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I’m expecting a distinction

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one aspiring barrister wonders whether he’ll ever be able to shake the stigma attached to his 2:2 degree in drama.


I went to university in 2002 and gained a 2:2 in drama and English. I then went on to complete a masters degree in English.

Since then, I have spent nine years in the police, working various roles from response policing to detective work. I am currently, while still working in the police, undertaking a full-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). I have thus far obtained five distinctions (public, tort, EU, criminal, ethics) and one commendation (contract). My expectation is I will achieve a distinction overall.

I have been accepted onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and am wondering whether to take up the LLM option to go alongside it. I am worried that no matter how well I do in the GDL and BPTC, the fact that I achieved a 2:2 all those years ago may hamper me. Thoughts?

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