firstpoint’s five points about degree classifications…

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes five points about a topic related to life at university. We are often asked about what you need to achieve a degree, how to improve your outcome, when and where you can find your results and how you can share these with employers or for future study.  So this week, we’ve put together some information that will hopefully answer your questions…
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 Independent Study (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.     

The methodologies used to calculate degree classification will depend on the year you started your course.  You can find more information on the Registry Services webpages and from the Students’ Union.

POINT TWO: FINDING OUT NOW WHAT YOUR PREDICTED DEGREE CLASSIFICATION IS…

If you speak with a Programme Adviser, or your Personal Academic Tutor, they can give you a predicted outcome based on your results so far.  This can also give you the opportunity to set yourself goals for the year ahead, by working out what grades you are aiming for.  It can enable you to plan your workload accordingly and focus on those areas where improvement could make the biggest difference.  

This knowledge can also act as motivation when things get tough during the semester; if you know that working hard now will pay off later then it makes it easier to stay focused on your studies.

POINT THREE: WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR GRADES…

Developing good study habits is essential for academic success. They support your learning by improving how you retain information, manage your time effectively and stay organised. Investing some extra effort now in these skills can pay off for those final exams and assignments.   

As well as the Library Services’ excellent online study skills guides, you can also have 1-2-1 support from Academic Liaison Librarians, Academic Writers in Residence and the Centre for Academic English and Skills.  Why not take some time and see which of these resources could help you hone your skills, improve your results and ultimately affect the classification of your degree.

POINT FOUR: WHEN WILL OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DEGREE CLASSIFICATION AND MODULE RESULTS 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.

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.

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.

POINT FIVE: IF YOU NEED YOUR OFFICIAL RESULTS BEFORE GRADUATION…

Sometimes, you may need a copy of your transcript before Graduation, either for an employer or to apply for further study.   In these situations you can requestan 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, or they can be sent in an electronic format directly to your employer or educational institution.  For more information, please contact replacementdocs@worc.ac.uk