firstpoint’s five points about calculating your degree classification…

POINT ONE: WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE AWARDED A DEGREE

To be awarded an honours degree you will need to pass a total of 360 credits worth of modules at undergraduate level.

This will often include the need to pass the 30 credit Level 6 Dissertation (or equivalent module).  

Most students achieve this by passing 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6, but the rules for specific courses allow some flexibility.

You will find full information in the University’s Taught Course Regulatory Framework.        

POINT TWO: HOW YOUR DEGREE CLASSIFICATION CALCULATED…

The Honours degree classification is calculated in two ways. It is up to the Board of Examiners to confirm which method is better for you & to give you the best possible classification. For most students, the outcome will be the same, regardless of which method is used.

Remember that you must pass 120 credits worth of modules at each level of study.  Some modules you have studied will be 15 credits and some will be 30 credits.

Method 1: Classification is determined on the profile of the best grades from 60 credits achieved at Level 5 and the best grades from 120 credits at Level 6

  • A total of 120 credits are used.  60 of which are brought through from Level 5 and the rest are taken from the 120 you achieve at Level 6.
  • The minimum to achieve a 1st class degree is 90 credits at A grade and 30 at grade B (60 of those credits from Level 5 and the rest from Level 6).
  • The minimum to achieve a 2.1 is 90 credits at grade B and 30 at grade C.
  • The minimum to achieve a 2.2 is 90 credits at C grade.
Table demonstrating method 1 for calculating honours degree classification

Method 2: Classification is determined on the profile of the best grades from 120 credits at Level 6.

  • A total of 90 credits are used to classify your degree, all of which are taken from the 120 credits you achieve at Level 6.
  • The minimum to achieve a 1st class degree is 60 credits at A grade and 30 at grade B (all taken from the 120 credits achieved at Level 6)
  • The minimum to achieve a 2.1 is 60 credits at B grade and 30 at grade C.
  • The minimum to achieve a 2.2 is 60 credits at C grade.
Table demonstrating method 2 for calculating honours degree classification

POINT THREE: HOW IT WORKS WHEN YOU’RE DOING A TOP-UP…

If you are following a top-up (Level 6) course having previously studied a HND or Foundation Degree, you will only have results at Level 6, therefore we will only use method 2 to calculate the classification.  The modules from a separate course will not be used.

You will find full information in the University’s Taught Course Regulatory Framework.        

POINT FOUR: HOW IT WORKS WHEN YOU’RE DOING A MASTER’S DEGREE…
Classification of Undergraduate Integrated Master’s Degree with Honours:

You must obtain a minimum of 480 credits, with 90 credits being at level 5 or higher, a minimum of 120 credits at level 6 and a minimum of 120 credits at level 7.

Method 1: Classification determined on the profile of the best grades from 60 credits attained at Level 6 and the best grades from 120 credits at Level 7. Level 6 and Level 7 grades count equally in the profile.

Table demonstrating Method 1 for Classification of Undergraduate Integrated Master’s Degree with Honours

Method 2: Classification determined on the profile of the best grades from 120 credits attained at Level 7 only.

Table demonstrating Method 2 for Classification of Undergraduate Integrated Master’s Degree with Honours
Classification of Master’s Degree (not including MRes)

You must achieve a minimum of 180 credits at Level 7 including a minimum of 45 credits from the Dissertation.

Method 1:

  • Candidates will be awarded a Distinction where they have attained an average of A- (PD) or higher from the credit achieved with the University for the award.
  • Candidates will be awarded a Merit where they have attained an average of C+ (PM) or higher from the credit achieved with the University for the award.

Method 2:

  • Candidates will be awarded a Distinction, irrespective of their other module results, where they have attained 90 credits at grade A- (PD) or higher.
  • Candidates will be awarded a Merit, irrespective of their other module results, where they have attained 90 credits at grade C+ (PM) or higher.
  • Candidates will be awarded a Pass where they have not fulfilled the rules for Method 1 or Method 2 but are eligible for the award of a Master’s.

For more help with how your degree is calculated, you can speak with your Personal Academic Tutor, or speak to a Programme Adviser. Individual advice is available by telephone on 01905 542727 at the following times:-

Monday               10am – 3pm
Tuesday               11am – 3pm
Wednesday       10am – 3pm
Thursday             10am – 3pm
Friday                   10am – 3pm

POINT FIVE: WHEN OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DEGREE CLASSIFICATION AND MODULE RESULTS WILL BE RELEASED…

Confirmed results will appear on your SOLE page once the relevant Board of Examiners has met.  For most courses, this will be mid-June, but exact dates can be found on the academic year calendars.

Your official University of Worcester transcript will be available at your Graduation ceremony in November.  If you are unable to attend, please don’t worry.  It can be posted to you, for a small postage fee, after the ceremony.

If you need a copy of your transcript before Graduation, you can request an Interim Transcript, but only once the grades have been confirmed at the Exam Boards; provisional grades will not show. There is a cost to have the document printed and it can be posted out for a small postage fee. It is not possible to provide the transcript in electronic format.  For more information, please contact replacementdocs@worc.ac.uk

After the Exam Boards have agreed the module results, the Awards Board will meet to check and confirm your final award.  This normally happens at the end of June or July, depending on when you completed your studies.

Once your award is confirmed, you will be able to print your own Award Letter from your SOLE page. This is an official document from the University of Worcester, confirming your degree classification.  If you need the document to have an official stamp, you can take your printed letter to firstpoint.

You can find more information on the above and more topics on the Student Records FAQ webpages.

You can also contact firstpoint with any questions.