How is my degree classified – your questions answered

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We are regularly asked about what is required to achieve a degree and what grades are required to achieve say an upper second class (2:1) degree. There is a link to all this information (FAQs) in the Assessments>Award Details container on your SOLE pages.

What do I need to be awarded a degree?
To be awarded an honours degree you will need to meet the following requirements:
To pass a total of 360 credits (this will often include the need to pass the 30 credits Level 6 Independent Study module)

Most students achieve this total credit requirement by passing 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6 but the rules for some courses permit some flexibility but all courses require students to:

To pass at least 120 credits at level 4 and
To pass at least 120 credits at level 6

The full flexibility is described in the Taught Courses Regulatory Framework.

How is my degree classification calculated?
Using 15 credit modules, the Honours degree classification will be calculated two ways, and the Board of Examiners will confirm whichever of the two methods results in the higher classification. For the majority of students, the classification will be the same using both methods.

Method 1: classification is determined on the profile of the best four grades (60 credits) achieved at Level 5 and the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

Method 1 - L5 and L6 classification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Method 2: classification is determined on the profile of the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

Method 2 - L6 classification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a result is for a 30 credit module rather than 15 credits, the grade achieved will be used twice e.g. a grade B in MOD3001 which is a 30 credit module will count as two B grades in the calculation.

Students who are following a top-up (Level 6) course having previously studied a HND or Foundation Degree will only have results at Level 6, therefore only Method 2 will be used to calculate the classification.  The modules from a separate course will not be used.

The rules are defined formally in the Taught Courses Regulatory Framework.

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