CHANGES TO THE GRADING SYSTEM

Some pretty awesome changes have been made to the grading system.

FROM 4 APRIL:

  • Your grades will now be shown as a percentage (%), not a grade (A, B, C).
  • Your overall degree will be rounded up if it’s within 2% of the next grade and 50+% of your units in your final year are the higher grade.
  • If you fail 1 unit, worth no more than 30 credits, but get 35% or above and pass all the other units, you can still pass the year – no resit needed. *Excludes BA (Hons) Architecture

 

FROM SEPTEMBER:

  • No more capped marks if you have to retake a year!
  • If you failed 1 assessment, but your overall unit mark is above 40%, you’ll still pass the unit.

Still a little confused? Don’t know how this will affect you? No problem.

We’re having a ‘surgery’ style drop in session where you can ask questions and get answers from members of the University’s Academic Quality Department. Just come along to find out more.

  • Epsom 12 April 11:30 (canteen)
  • Farnham 14 April 11:30 (canteen)
  • Rochester 26 April 11:30 (reception)
  • Canterbury 28 April 12:30 (reception)

DETAILS ABOUT CHANGES TO THE GRADING SYSTEM

THIS YEAR - FROM 4 APRIL

Introduce stage compensation: allowing for 30 credits of marginal failure (failure at 35% or above) at each early stage of an undergraduate Honours Degree (i.e. levels 3, 4 and 5) to be compensated by the overall stage performance (i.e. if the aggregate stage mark, including the failed unit, is above 40%).

APPLIES TO: undergraduate courses only, but not students on the BA (Hons) Architecture who must pass all units because of the requirements of their professional body (RIBA).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

In Year 0, 1 and 2 of a BA, if you get between 35 and 39% in one unit (up to 30 credits) and pass all of the other units in that Stage, you will be able to progress to the next year and will not have to do the unit again.


All undergraduate students (Levels 3 – 6) have at least two attempts and up to a maximum of four attempts at assessment, regardless of the nature of that assessment in terms of resit/retake. Therefore all undergraduate students are permitted one retake with attendance and up to two resits (one following each time the candidate takes the unit with attendance).

Resit: when you re-do an assessment over the summer.

Retake: when you come back the next year and repeat the whole unit, without progressing up to the next year.

APPLIES TO: undergraduate courses only

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

If you are on an undergraduate course and fail a summer resit you can come back and retake in the next year. If you fail a retake you can resit it over the summer.


Use percentages only, allowing students to see these as part of the feedback process and removing the need for a separate system of grades for indicative feedback.

APPLIES TO: all taught courses

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

After 4 April 2016, you will see your percentage mark as soon as it is ready (at the moment you will only see a grade until after the publication of results following your Board of Examiners), although remember that the mark could still change right up until it is confirmed by the Board of Examiners.


Retain current algorithm for classification of undergraduate degree outcomes, but round all candidates within 2% of each borderline (i.e. 48%, 58% and 68%) up, for any candidates meeting the specific criteria that 50% of the credit at level 6 is achieved in the higher classification.

APPLIES TO: Honours degrees only

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

When you have finished your undergraduate degree:
If you get 48 or 49% in your degree calculation but half (or more) of your final year credit is 50% or higher then you will get a 2:2 instead of a 3rd;
If you get 58 or 59% in your degree calculation but half (or more) of your final year credit is 60% or higher then you will get a 2:1 instead of a 2:2;
If you get 68 or 69% in your degree calculation but half (or more) of your final year credit is 70% or higher then you will get a 1st instead of a 2:1.



 

IN SEPTEMBER

Aggregate components to obtain a unit passmark. As we would only be considering an aggregate final unit mark, there would be no capped unit mark for failing a single component of assessment, only for failing the overall unit.

APPLIES TO: all taught courses

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

You will not fail if you have one assessment mark in a unit below 40% so long as your overall unit mark is higher than 40%.


Uncap the assessment of retake.

APPLIES TO: undergraduate courses only

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

If you have to retake a unit in the following year you will get whatever mark you earn for that unit (currently the most you could get for a retake unit is 40%).



Percentage % Degree Classification
70 - 100% 1st Class Honours (1st)
60 - 69% 2nd Class Honours Upper Division (2:1)
50- 59% 2nd Class Honours Lower Division (2:2)
40 - 49% 3rd Class Honours (3rd)
0 - 39% Fail

 

This is about your final degree classification.

Units / assessments are all weighted differently so there are some pretty complex maths that goes into working out your final result. Hopefully this will give you an idea of where you’re heading.

Remember – the grade given by your tutor isn’t final until seen by the board of examiners.


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