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    Hello this is my first post and perhaps I am not in the right mind right now to be posting this. I have just received my result for my degree in a science course and its a 2:1 . I am extremely disappointed with that because from the start of my course I have been aiming for a 1st Class. I always managed my average over 70%, which is what you need to get a 1st class at my university but now, after the final exams, I have finished on a 2:1 with an average of 68.2%. I worked so hard for it and came so close, I almost feel like crying.

    What upsets me more is that I am now part of a majority of university student who finish with a 2:1. When I apply to a job, is anyone really going to look at/care that I have a high grade average? As far as an employee is concerned I am just another applicant with a 2:1. I feel that any application I send will not have that competitive edge that a 1st class degree would have given me.

    I intend to apply for a competitive PhD and and maybe medicine this year. Can someone with experience give me some feedback or advice?

    Thanks
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    Phone your personal tutor.. and appeal!
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    (Original post by Eggnogs)
    What upsets me more is that I am now part of a majority of university student who finish with a 2:1. When I apply to a job, is anyone really going to look at/care that I have a high grade average? As far as an employee is concerned I am just another applicant with a 2:1. I feel that any application I send will not have that competitive edge that a 1st class degree would have given me.

    I intend to apply for a competitive PhD and and maybe medicine this year. Can someone with experience give me some feedback or advice?

    Thanks
    There are people who get 2:2's and are successes at postgraduate research, and equally there are 1st class degree holders that go for a PhD and suck monkey balls at it.

    Like every other grade you have ever received in life, this one is only as good as what you do with it. A 1st is terrible if it gives people the impression that you're up yourself, and a 2:2 is brilliant if it makes you look more social to an idiot of a recruiter and you finally catch a break.
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    (Original post by Eggnogs)
    Hello this is my first post and perhaps I am not in the right mind right now to be posting this. I have just received my result for my degree in a science course and its a 2:1 . I am extremely disappointed with that because from the start of my course I have been aiming for a 1st Class. I always managed my average over 70%, which is what you need to get a 1st class at my university but now, after the final exams, I have finished on a 2:1 with an average of 68.2%. I worked so hard for it and came so close, I almost feel like crying.

    What upsets me more is that I am now part of a majority of university student who finish with a 2:1. When I apply to a job, is anyone really going to look at/care that I have a high grade average? As far as an employee is concerned I am just another applicant with a 2:1. I feel that any application I send will not have that competitive edge that a 1st class degree would have given me.

    I intend to apply for a competitive PhD and and maybe medicine this year. Can someone with experience give me some feedback or advice?

    Thanks
    Was it a Bsc on an Msci?
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    At my uni an appeal will only be considered if there are mitigating circumstances - if not then the board of examiners decision is final and cannot be challenged (all unis are different though so find out what the stance is at yours). So unless a student has mitigating circumstances then appealing a grade will probably be pointless.

    I don't mean to be negative but you also have to consider the fact that if someone gets 48% then they have a solid 3rd, if someone gets 58% then they have a solid 2:2, if someone gets 68% they have a solid 2:1 and if someone gets 78% they have a solid 1st. You don't come near to a solid 1st, you've got a respectable 2:1 (a lot of employers stipulate a 2:1 at minimum of 67%). Just because your overall is close to a 1st doesn't mean it's deserving of a 1st. I know that sounds really negative, I don't mean to be - just trying to show you another perspective. A 2:1 is very good, well done.

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