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Classification Calculation

Your degree classification is calculated on the basis of a weighting of 1:3:5 for your First and Second Year marks for 3-year degrees, and a weighting of 1:3:3:5 for 4-year degrees. Only the highest mark equivalent of 1 Course Unit of your first year counts towards your final classification - so, either the average of two half-year units or a full-year unit mark. In order to take account of the fact that you may be taking full- and half-year courses, calculations are based on the MEDIAN of 66 marks.


How to figure out your classification:

Step 1: Take the top one unit (or average of two half-units) mark from your First Year and list it twice.

Step 2: List marks for all your full-year second year courses six times.List all marks for your half-year second year courses three times.

Step 2a: History with a European Language and History with a Year Abroad students only: Repeat step 2 with your third year results.

Step 3: List marks for all your full-year final year courses ten times. List all marks for your half-year final year courses five times.

Step 4: Arrange your list in descending order from highest to lowest marks.

Step 5: You should now have a list of 66 marks (90 marks for HwEL and HwYA students). The median of these marks determines your degree classification. This is the middle number - that is, the average of the 33rd and 34th number in your list (45th and 46th for HwEL/HwYA students).


If this is a borderline case, the Board of Examiners take account of the candidate’s performance in the following order:

i. the distribution and preponderance of class marks across the units selected;

ii. the mean of class marks across the units selected;

iii. the results achieved in the final year of study.

What do I need to do to get a first? An example.

Page last modified on 22 may 14 10:02 by Emma J Patten