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    Could someone explain to me what this is exactly?
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    It's the mark you get when you graduate. You can graduate with a third, two:two, two:one and the highest a first. Two:one is kind of like a B....Lol sorry I haven’t explained it properly! :D
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    The pass grades at uni are (in order from best to worst)

    1st
    2:1 (aka "Upper second")
    2:2 (aka "Lower second)
    3rd
    Pass

    So as you can see, a 2:1 is the second highest grade you can get (you can also get 1* from some universities which is even higher than a 1:1 but they are so rare that they are not worth bothering with)
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    I would like to add that to get the percentage of the stuff to get a certain degree classification:

    1st - 70% +
    2:1 - 60-69
    2:2 - 50-59
    3rd - 40+
    pass - 38/39+
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    Is a 2:1 considered pretty good or not, especially for the investment banking type of field.
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    A 2:1 is respectable. It's what I'm aiming for
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    (Original post by ramroff)
    Is a 2:1 considered pretty good or not, especially for the investment banking type of field.
    It's pretty good, don't worry. That is equivalent to a grade B. Most employers would employ you, if you get that degree classification or above.
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    (Original post by ramroff)
    Is a 2:1 considered pretty good or not, especially for the investment banking type of field.
    A 2:1 is usually considered the minimum grade for most competetive graduate jobs. A lot of people get one these days, but it's perfectly respectable.
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    id be annoyed with a desmond or lower, me aiming high as usual..
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    I wish I could get a 2:1. It's really not that easy heh
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    It's something that you'll always be pissed off at for not doing better.
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    (Original post by trev)
    I would like to add that to get the percentage of the stuff to get a certain degree classification:

    1st - 70% +
    2:1 - 60-69
    2:2 - 50-59
    3rd - 40+
    pass - 38/39+
    Thats incorrect. Degree classifications can vary quite considerably depending on where you go to uni.
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    Yep most universities seem to be be roughly the same as that though, to get a 2:1 at mine its 59.5% or somthing like that, I know it was just slightly less than 60%.

    Also its easy for people doing A levels to say you only have a 2:2 therefore you must have done crap, just wait to your final year then you realise why so many people don't get 2:1s.

    In general but this depends on the subject and university

    3rd - You have a degree, its somthing, its not a total waste of time you might be able to salvage somthing

    2:2 - The mininum for some graduate level jobs, is often respected especialy in a hard subject, I know people with 2:2s to get very good jobs.

    2:1 - This is like the silver standard I suppose, if you have a 2:1 you have a good degree.

    1st - You're either a swot or a genius
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Also its easy for people doing A levels to say you only have a 2:2 therefore you must have done crap, just wait to your final year then you realise why so many people don't get 2:1s.
    Yes for example Cambridge do competitive marking in several subjects. So you're marked against other people in your year, not a general standard. This means that really clever people who may well have been awarded 2.1s/firsts elsewhere have to be awarded 2.iis because they're outside that fixed boundary.
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    (Original post by homoterror)
    Yes for example Cambridge do competitive marking in several subjects. So you're marked against other people in your year, not a general standard. This means that really clever people who may well have been awarded 2.1s/firsts elsewhere have to be awarded 2.iis because they're outside that fixed boundary.
    That's the case in almost every Uni - you get a grade based on your year's performance. If everybody did good on a tough paper and if you didnt do as good then you could risk not getting a 1st, even though if the same exam was sat in another Uni and majority got low then your grade would probably end up being much higher!

    This also occurs for A levels. You get a score out of 75 and this is marked onto a UMS which is based on everybody's performance as a whole.
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    (Original post by homoterror)
    Yes for example Cambridge do competitive marking in several subjects. So you're marked against other people in your year, not a general standard. This means that really clever people who may well have been awarded 2.1s/firsts elsewhere have to be awarded 2.iis because they're outside that fixed boundary.
    Yep same here at Salford, if everybody gets 80% in assignment and you do you're likely to only get 60% if you're lucky. The good thing about this is if you get crap students it makes it easier to get the good marks, but the good ones make it harder.
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    My course is marked to a general standard non of us will get distinctions this year. But 4 did last year
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Yep most universities seem to be be roughly the same as that though, to get a 2:1 at mine its 59.5% or somthing like that, I know it was just slightly less than 60%.

    Also its easy for people doing A levels to say you only have a 2:2 therefore you must have done crap, just wait to your final year then you realise why so many people don't get 2:1s.
    To be fair, if you're reasonably intelligent and work reasonably hard I don't think that a 2:1 is too much of a stretch, at least in arts/social science type things.

    I heard that at my Uni, of the graduating history students this year, four got a 2:2. Four!
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    really thats crazy. When I graduated about 52% got firsts or 2.1s from my year on my course
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    Looking at the stats on the website... 95% of history students get a 1st/2:1, 94% in theology, 91% in English, 91% in Russian, out of arts/social sciences it only seems to be classics and sociology below 80% and law with 65%! :eek:

    Although built environment (Architecture and urban planning) only has 45%!
 
 
 
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