UK Grading System – How To Know Your Degree Score

The UK grading system for undergraduate degrees is typically divided into three main classifications: first-class honours (1st), upper second-class honours (2:1), and lower second-class honours (2:2).

A first-class honours degree, commonly known as a “first,” is the highest level of undergraduate degree classification and is awarded to students who have achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70% or above.

An upper second-class honours degree, commonly known as a “two-one,” is awarded to students who have achieved an overall grade point average of between 60% and 69%.

A lower second-class honours degree, commonly known as a “two-two,” is awarded to students who have achieved an overall grade point average of between 50% and 59%.

In addition to these three classifications, there are also other degrees classification such as Pass Degree, Merit Degree and Distinction Degree which awarded for vocational degrees.

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The precise method for determining degree classifications can vary between universities, but typically it involves combining the grades achieved in individual modules or courses to give an overall score.

Below are grades that are commonly used by UK Universities.

Grade LetterGrade ScoreGrade DefinitionDegree ClassHonours DegreeFoundation Degree
A70% – 100%Excellent to OutstandingPASSFirst
Distinction
B60% – 69%Good to Very GoodPASSUpper Second 2:1Merit
C50% – 59%SatisfyingPASSLower Second 2:2Pass
D40% – 49%SufficientPASSThird 3  Pass
E30% – 39%UnsatisfactoryFAILFAILFAIL
F0 – 29%UnsatisfactoryFAILFAILFAIL

The above is provided for informational purposes, if you want to know your degree score, you will need to consult with your university to find out their system and the mark required for each classification. As a general rule, universities will inform you of your degree classification upon graduation, and the degree certificate will state the classification earned.

It is important to note that grading systems can vary between countries and institutions. The information I provided is specific to the UK undergraduate degrees system, so if you are studying somewhere else it is good idea to check with your institution what the grading system is.

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