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Im a final year law student and I just read this from my uni on the intranet In 2008/09, a new method of calculation of Honours classification for Degrees (1st Class, Upper 2nd Class, Lower 2nd cla… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Im a final year law student and I just read this from my uni on the intranet

In 2008/09, a new method of calculation of Honours classification for Degrees (1st Class, Upper 2nd Class, Lower 2nd class, etc.) has been introduced. In summary it specifies that Honours classification will be based upon your best 90 credits at level 3 (i.e. final year) plus the best 30 credits from your remaining level 2 and 3 modules. The average grade of these modules will then be used to calculate your Honours classification. Any difference this change makes is likely to benefit rather than disadvantage students, because it typically takes into account the best modules in your second year (level 2). A small number of students might get a lower classification than before, but in these cases the previous method of calculation will be used to make sure that you are not disadvantaged

So does anyone know how uni's used to work it out? Im struggling with one module this year (equity) and I got 2.1's in everything last year so this is a good thing isnt it? I am just wondering what it was like before? Is this way better?
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I think there are 3 methods used in UK unis, of which some use all the methods then give the best grade from all three. 1 is just your level 3 marks, 2 is based on a 60/40 split on your average of your best 60 credits for each year, and 3 is the method you outlined.
#2
My University provided a calculator on the intranet for you to plug all your scores in and your future exams to work out what you needed for a particular grade. Not many people knew it was there to use so yours could well have something similar!

Get some high grades in a few modules and it will really boost your overall grade due to the weighting.
#3
It depends on your course and University, it is not a general thing.

For example, my course was 1:3:3:6 in weighting, everything counted.
#4
im predicted a 2.1 so hoping thats what i get. I have already got a first in one of my courseworks (40% of my employment law module). Thanks
#5
AberBargoed
My University provided a calculator on the intranet for you to plug all your scores in and your future exams to work out what you needed for a particular grade. Not many people knew it was there to use so yours could well have something similar!

Get some high grades in a few modules and it will really boost your overall grade due to the weighting.


I really wish my uni would provide some form of calculator, as we've never even been told how they work it out! Perhaps i should ask, especially seen as I graduate in like 6 months!
#6
jaymzf
I really wish my uni would provide some form of calculator, as we've never even been told how they work it out! Perhaps i should ask, especially seen as I graduate in like 6 months!


I never knew how they worked it out either - I thought it was just the last year! So this is good I think. I graduate soon too! I hate the third year
#7
jaymzf
I really wish my uni would provide some form of calculator, as we've never even been told how they work it out! Perhaps i should ask, especially seen as I graduate in like 6 months!


Yeah it was great fun working out the lowest you could afford to score and still get a 2.1! Likewise working out how much effort you would have to put in to walk away with a 1st!

If you know the weighting it should be easy enough to model in Excel.
#8
So this is good for me then yes? If I got 2.1's for everything last year, then they can use one of those modules and I dont have to worry so much about equity (my worst level 3 subject)?!
#9
when it says A small number of students might get a lower classification than before, but in these cases the previous method of calculation will be used to make sure that you are not disadvantaged what does that mean? How can it be bad?
#10
AberBargoed
Yeah it was great fun working out the lowest you could afford to score and still get a 2.1! Likewise working out how much effort you would have to put in to walk away with a 1st!

If you know the weighting it should be easy enough to model in Excel.


Yeah I'm going to make it my mission to find out and might just try that out! I know they only take the final two years, and all my modules are worth 20credits, so I presume they're equally weighted against each other. My only thing now is about the weighting between the two years.

As I work it out I got a 2.1 last year by 0.6 of a mark and from the marks I've got back from the first semester this year, I'm bang in the middle of a 2.1!

Good luck!
#11
seancampbell
I think there are 3 methods used in UK unis, of which some use all the methods then give the best grade from all three. 1 is just your level 3 marks, 2 is based on a 60/40 split on your average of your best 60 credits for each year, and 3 is the method you outlined.


thats how they work it out at my uni as well :thumbsup:
#12
My modules are all 30 credits, I do 4 modules a year. I presume I am predicted a 2.1 - I for a 2.1 for all my modules last year That means im predicted a 2.1 doesnt it?
#13
bargainhunter2009
My modules are all 30 credits, I do 4 modules a year. I presume I am predicted a 2.1 - I for a 2.1 for all my modules last year That means im predicted a 2.1 doesnt it?


Only you can predict...

However, you would need to know what each of your years count for.
#14
I'd presume if everything is coming out at 2.1 that'd be the average so I'd predict that.

I've just found on my uni's website one of them degree calculators (well, an excel model as you said!) - but only for one specific course - not mine - typically!
#15
pghstochaj
Only you can predict...

However, you would need to know what each of your years count for.


oh I just presumed it was a 2.1 because thats what I got last year. Oh know maybe it isnt. well at least i know now how they work it out
#16
My grades were all over the place - 80's, 70's, 60's and 50's - more were in the 60's and a few in the 50's but ended up walking away with a 1st. Ps - I did Economics & Accounting, higher scores were in the latter!
#17
AberBargoed
My grades were all over the place - 80's, 70's, 60's and 50's - more were in the 60's and a few in the 50's but ended up walking away with a 1st. Ps - I did Economics & Accounting, higher scores were in the latter!


well done!!! Thats great!:thumbsup:
#18
just found out how my uni do it! I do six modules a year - all equally weighted. They ignore the first year marks and the second year one module was a placement so that was just pass or fail.

They take the 5 module marks from level 2 and 6 module marks from level 3, add them up and divide by 11. - Basic average of final 2 years. They then try again by taking 5 from level 2, and the 6 from level 3 twice. Then do the average of what is effectively 17 modules. The higher mark is then awarded!

When I looked at this method for me I noticed that it won't make much difference as level 2 marks equated at a 2.1 by 0.6 of a mark, and a first is above me to be honest now, so either way I need to get at least a bottom level 2.1 to work out at a 2.1 overall which is what I really want!

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