How to work out your degree class



ever wondered how we work out your final degree classification some would have you believe is the most complex process imaginable but whilst the process might seem a little complicated from a distance it's certainly not as confusing as you might think the first thing to remember is that your first year grades do not count towards your final degree classification so from this point onwards we'll only be talking about the grades you received at levels 2 & 3 we're going to be looking at three types of degree in this video first we'll look at the type that the majority of you will be studying a degree comprising of 10 credit modules or modules with credit values that are multiples of 10 after we've done this we'll look at courses that include five fifteen and twenty five credit modules followed by courses with an integrated master's the process is pretty much the same for all of these scenarios for a couple of key differences but more on that later your degree classification is determined by a four stage process here are some typical module results obtained in level two and level three of an undergraduate bachelor's degree in stage one your grades are weighted in order to create your grade profile this allows us to take different module values and module levels into account to do this we need to convert all the modules into elements worth 10 credits each so any module worth 20 credits becomes 2 elements of 10 credits as it's worth double the amount of a 10 credit module it is therefore counted twice similarly a module worth 60 credits carry 6 times the weight of a 10 credit module so it becomes 6 elements of 10 credits each and is counted 6 times once we have created modules of 10 credits each the module grades are then weighted according to their level modules taken at level 3 are worth twice as much as those taken at level 2 and so are counted twice this gives a total of 36 grades which together make up your final weighted grade profile now that we have our grade profile of 36 grades we can move on to CHT calculating the weighted average grade this part is much simpler all you have to do is add up the 36 grades and divide them by 36 in our example this gives us an answer of 65 point for our weighted average grade can then be converted into a preliminary degree classification by referring to a standard table used across the university the preliminary degree classification for our example is a 2-1 a 65 point four is greater than fifty nine point five but less than 68 you'll notice that some weighted average grades fall into borderline categories but in this case the first preliminary classification is a straight to one with our first preliminary classification calculated we can proceed to stage three calculating the distribution of the weighted grades this is done by ranking the grades from 1 to 36 with the highest grade achieved positioned at number one and the lowest of 36 the middle grade the 18th is taken and used to calculate a second preliminary degree classification using a second standard University table in our example the 18th grade is 65 this indicates a 2-1 classification as the grade is greater than fifty nine point five but less than sixty nine point five before the second preliminary classification can be confirmed however it's necessary to check whether it falls into a borderline range in order to do this the 15th ranked grade is also looked at to see if it falls into the same category as the 18th in this case it is higher than the 18th but at 68 it's not high enough to fall into the first category so the second preliminary classification remains a 2-1 however if the 15th ranked grade has been more than sixty nine point five then the second preliminary classification would have been the borderline range between a 1st and a 2-1 in short if your 15th and 18th ranked grades are both equivalent to a to one then your second preliminary degree classification will be a t1 if however the 18th grade is equivalent to a 2-1 but the 15th is equivalent to a first then your second preliminary degree classification would be a borderline first so by the end of stage three we have two preliminary classifications one that is based on the weighted average grade and a second that is based on the middle weighted grade when distributed from highest to lowest we consider both these approaches to make sure that your academic performance is analyzed as fairly and comprehensively as possible the final stage is then to compare these two classifications to determine the final degree classification when comparing these two classifications there are three main scenarios scenario 1 both preliminary classifications are the same in this instance the final degree classification will be the same as both of the preliminary classifications in our example the first and the second preliminary classifications both worked out as a 2/1 so this student would receive a t1 scenario 2 one preliminary classification indicates a particular class of degree whilst the other indicates a borderline range between that class and the one above or below in this case you will be awarded the classification in which you are most firmly situated for example if the first preliminary classification indicated a t1 but the second indicator that you were on the borderline between a2 1 or a first or a21 and a.22 then in both scenarios you would receive a 2 1 as your overall classification scenario 3 the two preliminary classifications recommend different degree classes or of both borderline in either of these situations you will become a borderline candidate the final class of your degree will then be decided by an exam board exam boards will normally award the classification that the average weighted grade for your final year modules falls into to do this stages 1 & 2 are repeated but using only the results achieved from your final year in this example the average weighted grade for the final year is 65.5 and so this would determine a final degree classification of a 2 1 if your degree includes any five credit modules the process of working out your final degree classification is pretty much the same as what we've discussed already but with a couple of key differences the first difference is that when creating your grade profile in stage 1 instead of converting all your modules into elements of 10 credits each you convert all your modules into elements worth 5 credits each so for example a grade of 73 for a 20 credit module would be expressed like this whilst a grade of 64 for a 15 credit module would be expressed like this to work out your weighted average grade for stage 2 the calculation is the same just add all the grades together and divide by how many there are there should be 72 grades for a typical three-year bachelor's degree the other key difference is found when we get to save 3 as we have 72 ranked grades rather than 36 we have to use the 36th and 30th ranked grades to work out the second preliminary classification the 36th grade is your middle grade and the 30th grade is used to check whether or not your second preliminary classification falls into the borderline range if you are a student on an integrated masters course rather than a three year bachelor's degree again exactly the same principles apply except that you will have 60 weighted grades rather than 36 12 for level 2 and 24 for both level 3 and level 4 because both of these years count for double the weight of level 2 when working out the weighted average grade to determine the first preliminary degree classification all of the weighted grades would be added together and divided by 60 when working out the distribution of your grades to calculate your second preliminary degree classification we would look at the 30th grade to find the middle ranked grade and the 25th grade to see whether or not your second preliminary classification falls into a borderline range and there you have it that's how the university works out final degree classifications if you're interested in finding out even more you can find a full formal explanation of the regulations by going to the following website and consulting the general regulations for first degrees you

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  2. thanks for this. so if youre weighted average falls between 58 and 59.5 (borderline 2.1) and your median distribution is a 2.1, you get a 2.1 overall?

  3. I get it why is the 18th grade taken into consideration though I am not sure why is it the 15th that is being taken into account as well?

  4. This is greatly detailed thank you! Although I'm still really confused. I have 3 sets of 30 credits. 2 sets of these comprise 35% and 65% and 1 of 100%. The uni has given me a total of 3 set marks after calculating all 5 to give an average. How do I now calculate these 3 to get one total grade?

    I know I have a 2:1 although would like to know the actual mark. (Does this make sense)?

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