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Degree Classification

The calculation of your degree classification is as follows:

For students who first enrolled on either of the Arts and Sciences degrees in 2014 or 2015:

BASc Arts and Sciences (3 year degree)

Degree classification will be based on a mean (i.e. average) of weighted year means, calculated as follows and rounded to the nearest integer:

First year:       the mean of the best 90 credits is given a weighting of 1

Second year: the mean of the best 105 credits is given a weighting of 3

Final year:       the mean of all 120 credits is given a weighting of 5.

Marks for retaken or substitute modules will be included in the calculation for the year of study in which the module was first attempted.

BASc Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad (4 years)

Degree classification will be based on a mean (i.e. average) of weighted year means, calculated as follows and rounded to the nearest integer:

First year:       the mean of the best 90 credits is given a weighting of 1

Second year: the mean of the best 105 credits is given a weighting of 3

Third year:      completion of the BASC3090 Study Abroad Dissertation and BASC3091 Shell Units

Final year:       the mean of the marks for all 120 credits in the final year and the BASC3090 Study Abroad Dissertation is given a weighting of 5.

Marks for retaken or substituted modules will be included in the calculation for the year of study in which the module was first attempted.

For students who first enrolled on either of the Arts and Sciences degrees in 2016, 2017 or 2018:

BASc Arts and Sciences (3 year degree)

Degree classification will be based on a mean (i.e. average) of weighted year means, calculated as follows and rounded to the nearest integer

First year:       the mean of the best 90 credits is given a weighting of 1

Second year: the mean of the best 105 credits is given a weighting of 3

Final year:       the mean of all 120 credits is given a weighting of 5.

Marks for retaken or substitute modules will be included in the calculation for the year of study in which the module was first attempted.

BASc Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad (4 years)

Degree classification will be based on a mean (i.e. average) of weighted year means, calculated as follows and rounded to the nearest integer:

First year:       the mean of the best 90 credits is given a weighting of 1

Second year: the mean of the best 105 credits is given a weighting of 3

Third year:      Completion of the BASC0027 Shell Units and BASC0035 BASc Study Abroad Project

Final year:       the mean of all 120 credits is given a weighting of 5.

The year abroad does not contribute to the classification calculation, but must be passed to progress to year 4 of the study abroad degree. Students who do not pass BASC0027 will be transferred to the three year degree.

Marks for retaken or substitute modules will be included in the calculation for the year of study in which the module was first attempted.

Irrespective of the year you first enrolled at UCL, you are aiming to graduate with a degree with honours. With this type of degree, the level of your academic performance on your programme is indicated by the ‘class’ of degree – or honours - you are awarded. Most universities award a class of degree based on the marks from the assessed work you have completed. To distinguish between students on the basis of their academic achievement, undergraduate degree awards are classified as follows:

  • First-Class Honours (70% and above): a first class degree, usually referred to as a ‘first’ or 1st, is the highest honours degree you can achieve
  • Upper Second-Class Honours (60-69%): there are two levels of second class degree. An upper second class, known as a 2:1 or two-one, is the higher of the two levels 
  • Lower Second-Class Honours (50-59%): a 2.2 or two-two is the lower level of the second class degree 
  • Third-Class Honours (40-49%): known as a ‘third’ or 3rd, this degree is the lowest honours degree achievable
  • Ordinary Degree: if an honours student fails to achieve a third class by a small margin, they will be awarded an ordinary degree i.e. without honours.
     

30 credit modules are treated like two 15 credit modules. So your mark for such a module is added twice to your total in determining your overall mark for classification purposes. If your worst mark in your second year is for a 30 credit module, then the mark is added only once to your total.

Borderline criteria

Candidates with a final overall mark just below a degree class borderline will be considered carefully for promotion to the higher degree class. In accord with UCL regulations, factors to be taken into account in determining whether a candidate will be promoted will include:

  1. final overall mark;
  2. performance in the dissertation;
  3. final year mark distribution;
  4. performance in advanced level pathway courses in final year;
  5. performance in language course in final year.

For example, for students on the 1st/2:1 borderline, the Exam Board would typically be looking for a student to meet all of the following criteria to be upgraded to a First class degree:

  1. A dissertation with First class marks; AND
  2. At least 30 credits of Level 6 final year pathway modules (major or minor) with marks at First class level; AND
  3. A language mark in either of the two boundaries being considered, i.e. if the language mark was at 2:2 level, a student would fall down on this rule and so would stay at a 2:1 classification.

For students who first enrolled in 2015, 2016 or 2017:

To reflect the wide range of modules taken by BASc students, the BASc Exam Board operates an extended 2% borderline range for students who have taken predominantly qualitative modules throughout their degree. Students who meet this criteria and who have an overall final average of 67.50 or above can be considered for upgrade using the same borderline criteria above.

For students who first enrolled in 2018:

Due to the harmonisation of borderline rules across UCL, the BASc Exam Board will not be able to use the extended borderline criteria and the standard borderline rules will be applied.