## Exams/Degree Classifications

University criteria for marking exam scripts

University Criteria for Classifying Degrees

Degree classifications are calculated by applying both the 'aggregate' and 'predominance' rules to the 12 module marks attained after first year. On the aggregate rule the average marks for the assessed modules fall within the following bands:

 First 70+ 2.1 60-69.9 2.2 50-59.9 3 40-49.9 Fail Below 40

Example: 90, 85, 75, 74, 68, 68, 66, 65, 64, 63, 62, 60 = 840 ÷ 12 = 70.0 = First

In line with University Study Regulations, students whose final mark for classification of degree falls within 3 points of a higher degree classification band (i.e., 37-39; 47-49; 57-59; 67-69) will automatically be considered for award of the higher degree classification by predominance.

The following formula for the predominance rule applies:

• Let n1, n2, and n3 be the number of modules at Stages 1, 2, and 3 respectively in which the mark is above the relevant borderline.
• Let p1, p2, and p3 be the percentage weights at Stages 1, 2, and 3 respectively (for example, if Stage 3 is weighted at 60%, then p3 = 60).

The higher classification is awarded if:

• n1 x p1 + n2 x p2 + n3 x p3 ≥ 300 (10/30/60 weighting of modules at Stages 1, 2, and 3)

This is the only instance where the higher degree classification can be awarded by predominance. All degree classifications are governed by the University Study Regulations which take precedence over information provided here.