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2:1 seems the most common.
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I imagine it depends on the course and university. For me (final year Physics BSc.at Warwick) it's challenging, but perfectly doable.
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Always depends on the course and the university.
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Intellect is also a factor to be taken into consideration.
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If it's not Hull, yes.
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Yeah, given that what? 20-30 percent of people make it to uni, then within that less than a quarter score a first, you're looking at the top 5-6% of society that will ever graduate with a first.
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If it's not Hull, yes.
How dare you speak Ill of one of the great universities.
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If you're good at your course and you work pretty damn hard then it's certainly achievable.
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Yes, for Law.

You need to be insanely good. (10% of people get it, compared to 50% in Maths).
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Typically, yes - it's hard. Much harder in humanities subjects though.
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Much easier than it used to be.
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Depends largely on the subject and uni, but on the whole yes. Most places at the very least you'll need to dedicate a lot more time and effort to your studies than the rest of your subject group, and for a few of the top courses/unis it's difficult to get a first without some extra natural affinity for the subject, no matter how hard you work. That's what it seems like from my perspective anyway.
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Yes, for Law.

You need to be insanely good. (10% of people get it, compared to 50% in Maths).
Which University awards 50% of the cohort a first? :eek:
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(Original post by Noble.)
Which University awards 50% of the cohort a first? :eek:
Actually, just checked the stats from this year at Warwick for Law.
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search
7% got a 1st out of 125 who replied.

For BSc in Maths at Warwick - 3 years
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search
23% got a 1st.

BUT, for MMath, 4 years

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search

80 percent got a 1st, which is just ridiculous!


Data may be skewed by people choosing to give their classification, but such a figure shows that 1sts are easily available.
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(Original post by tehforum)
Actually, just checked the stats from this year at Warwick for Law.
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search
5.6% got a 1st out of 125 who replied.

For BSc in Maths at Warwick - 3 years
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search
19.2% got a 1st.

BUT, for MMath, 4 years

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search
80/90 people got a 1st!
88.8 percent got a 1st, which is just ridiculous!


Data may be skewed by people choosing to give their classification, but such a figure shows that 1sts are easily available.
LOL. How on earth can Warwick get away with giving 90% firsts? (assuming that's correct). Both Oxford and Cambridge give ~30% for maths.
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(Original post by Noble.)
LOL. How on earth can Warwick get away with giving 90% firsts? (assuming that's correct). Both Oxford and Cambridge give ~30% for maths.
See edit above.

I doubt it's 80%, but I wouldn't hesitate to say overall, 60% get a 1st if you had the stats of EVERYONE in MMath.
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(Original post by Noble.)
LOL. How on earth can Warwick get away with giving 90% firsts? (assuming that's correct). Both Oxford and Cambridge give ~30% for maths.


Oxford, its 45%

Cambridge - http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search - 27%.
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It depends on the school and largely on the course; I think Engineering courses are difficult and has fewer 1st
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Oxford, its 45%

Cambridge - http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search - 27%.
You're comparing BA/BSc and MMath statistics though. For the BA (comparative to Cambridge's 27%) it's ~30% at Oxford. When it comes to fourth year, the proportion of firsts goes up at both places.
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Oxford, its 45%

Cambridge - http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/subjec...eturnTo/Search - 27%.
Im curious to see evidence for the oxford statistic. Youre link clearly shows that 27% of cambridge mathmos get 2.1s

It shows 10% get a first.
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