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Common reporting scale

The University uses a 20-point common reporting scale for grades.  A grade is attached to a module and provides a numeric value between 0 and 20 (to one decimal place) to express the final outcome of a module.  Grades awarded to modules allow for comparisons to be made across the University: a particular grade can be viewed as representing the same standing of achievement at the same level of study in any subject.

Marks are given to individual pieces of work: essays, dissertations, exam questions and so on.  This marking will often be out of 20 but need not be, as some Schools, or some assignments, need another (e.g. percentage) scale.  A conversion procedure is then applied to produce a grade on the 20-point scale once the module is completed.

Schools that use a marking scale other than 0-20, will publish in their handbooks the procedures that will be used for marking, and for conversion of marks to final grades.

As a rough guide only, the following Common reporting scale table describes each grade as a classification equivalent.  The grades shown in italics mark the thresholds for the boundaries between classifications.  Degree classification itself is dependent on an algorithm taking account of all eligible grades.  Further information on degree classification may be found at: Honours classification and PGT Masters classification.

Reporting ScaleHonours Classification IndicatorPGT Classification Indicator
20 First class Distinction at 5000 Level
19 First class Distinction at 5000 Level
18 First class Distinction at 5000 Level
17 First class Distinction at 5000 Level
16.5 Cusp between classifications Distinction at 5000 Level
16 Upper second class Merit at 5000 Level
15 Upper second class Merit at 5000 Level
14 Upper second class Merit at 5000 Level
13.5 Cusp between classifications Merit at 5000 Level
13 Lower second class Pass at 5000 Level
12 Lower second class Pass at 5000 Level
11 Lower second class Pass at 5000 Level
10.5 Cusp between classifications Pass at 5000 Level
10 Third class Marginal Pass at 5000 Level
9 Third class Marginal Pass at 5000 Level
8 Third class Marginal Pass at 5000 Level
7.5 Cusp between classifications Marginal Pass at 5000 Level
7.0 Pass Marginal Pass at 5000 Level
6 Fail (with right to resit) Fail (with right to resit)
5 Fail (with right to resit) Fail (with right to resit)
4.0 Fail (with right to resit) Fail (with right to resit)
3 Fail (with no right to resit) Fail (with no right to resit)
2 Fail (with no right to resit) Fail (with no right to resit)
1 Fail (with no right to resit) Fail (with no right to resit)
0 Fail (with no right to resit) Fail (with no right to resit)

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