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


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