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    One of the problems with Firsts, 2.1s, 2.2s, etc. is that it only carries a numerical value, but doesn't tell anyone any other meaning beyond it. Master's degrees carry a nominal value as well, such as Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. I think that if the undergraduate classification was renamed, it would get rid of doubts whether a holder's degree is actually worth it (take a look at numerous threads on TSR - "Is 2.1 a good degree?" and so forth). Furthermore, if a graduate moves abroad, a nominal value gives its future employer a better sense of their degree, because not everywhere 70 % is considered an extraordinary result.
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    You are right, especially considering the fact that it is one story to get a 2.1 with an average of 61% and totally another story to get a 2.1 with a 69%, the gap is enormous. I guess these classifications should be ditched all together and just the average mark should count. For differences between countries, there are ways to work out an equivalent, or a GPA - that one seems to work pretty well.
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    I think you are doing a disservice to employers, most will have degrees themselves and will be well aware that 1:1 = A 2:1 = B 2:2 = C and 3:3 =D.. Changing the name simply isn't going to solve anything as the people who ask if 2:1 is good will just ask if a merit is good instead. Again it wont make a difference if you move abroad because your degree still has a nominal value, it is just in numbers rather than a words and changing the name of each classification isn't going to make the percentages look higher to foreign employers and if they're too lazy to do any research into the English system would you really want to work for them anyway?
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    I don't see what difference it makes whether you call it A, B, C and D or First, 2.1, 2.2 or Thrd.
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    I didn't say I wanted to rename it to letters. I thought that, for instance, it could work the same way as Master's degrees. If you move abroad, you just translate the word "merit" and that's it. Numbers are pretty much the same everywhere, but they needn't carry the same meaning.

    I initially stated I'm tired of endless threads on the value of 2.1s.
 
 
 
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