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How are the classifications calculated?

The Board of Examiners for Progress and Award will determine the degree classification for each student on the basis of two calculations. The first calculation will take account of both the penultimate level and the final level of the programme equally weighted. The second calculation will take account of the final level double weighted. The better of the results provided will determine the class to be awarded.

A credit weighted average classification grade is calculated for Level 2 (honours degree) or Level 1 (foundation degree) (the Penultimate Level Average or PLA). A credit weighted average classification grade will be calculated for Level 3 (honours degree) or Level 2 (foundation degree (the Final Level Average or FLA). The calculations are as follows:

1:1 Upper Level Average Calculation

The Penultimate Level Average and Final Level Average are weighted equally.

1:2 Upper Level Average Calculation

The Final Level Average is weighted at double the Penultimate Level Average.

 

Bachelors (Honours) Degree Example

Alice Apple - Level 2

56

55

59

48

50

51

Average 53.1 (PLA)

Alice Apple - Level 3

60

52

73

74

65

65

Average 64.8 (FLA)

1:1 Upper Level Average    PLA + FLA  =  53.1 + 64.8  =  58.9
                                                  2                     2

1:2 Upper Level Average    PLA + FLA + FLA  =  53.1 + 64.8 + 64.8  =  60.9
                                                       3                                 3

The better resulting average will be considered against agreed classification thresholds as follows: Class 1 - 68.5; Class 2.1 - 59.0; Class 2.2 - 49.5; Class 3 - 40.0.

Alice Apple would be awarded a class 2:1 honours degree.

 

Bachelors Degree (Level 3 Programme Only) Example

Peter Pear - Level 3

60

52

73

74

65

65

Average 64.8 (FLA)

The resulting average will be considered against agreed classification thresholds as follows: Class 1 - 68.5; Class 2.1 - 59.0; Class 2.2 - 49.5; Class 3 - 40.0.

Peter Pear would be awarded a class 2:1 honours degree.

 

Foundation Degree Example

Pattie Plum - Level 1

60

62

65

60

67

70

Average 64.00 (PLA)

Pattie Plum - Level 2

68

68

75

74

68

80

Average 72.16 (FLA)

1:1 Upper Level Average    PLA + FLA  =  64.00 + 72.16  =  68.08
                                                  2                       2

1:2 Upper Level Average    PLA + FLA + FLA  =  64.00+ 72.16 + 72.16  =  69.44
                                                       3                                  3

The better average will be considered against agreed classification thresholds as follows: Distinction - 68.5; Merit - 59.0; Pass - 40.0.

Pattie Plum would be awarded a foundation degree with Distinction.