Confused! Is a grade D a pass or fail in Highers???Watch
Confirmation from mysqa summer 2017:
some say yes its an award and a pass, some say its an award but not a pass, sqa website says it is recognition of doing the course and college say its a fail?! does anyone actually know if it is a pass/award? and if its a pass then does that mean i can tell the tutor at my interview for HNC that i have a higher? thanks x
All universities/colleges are looking for at least a Grade C pass for entry.
You can check the exact status on the SQA website - a D is a band 7.
Same happened to me... B in Prelim and D in the exam (Advanced higher biology). It was also my easiest exam, so I'm really shocked I was rejected from uni, of course...
that sucks, do u have any other options? im hoping i can still progress to HNC but in my heart i know its unlikely :-(
Grade D is an award in its own right, however whilst a recognition of your
achievement, the grade is not a pass award. Grade D is awarded where all
units of a course have been completed and where the external assessment
(exam) score is between 45 - 49 of the standardised marks.
Previously, candidates who passed the Higher at grades A-C were awarded 24
SCQF points which is equivalent to the 160 hours of the course. However,
candidates who got a Grade 'D' were awarded just 18 points. Because they
have covered the same ground as candidates passing at A-C it was felt that
they should get the same number of SCQF credit points.
It's a pass on its own right, it shows the student passed all course work and assessments and achieved just below a C grade, the fact that you achieved a D on a higher subject is still something to be proud of and shows your capable of getting a higher mark, plus you have the higher qualification now so of course it's a pass.
I have an interview for HNC Social Care next week and i hope that because im a mature student and have tons of experience that they may still consider me but its very doubtful :-(
D is not a fail. If you fail a Higher, it will be on your certificate as "No award" or something, and is usually found at the bottom of your certificate. Come on, you have to admit a D grade is awful (no disrespect). An A or B grade is really what you should aim for. A C grade is just a pass and means you scored 50-59%.
- National 5 courses are graded A to D or ‘No Award’. Grades A-C would usually allow a learner to progress to Higher. Grade D is not a pass, but is reported on the Scottish Qualifications Certificate as a course award in its own right. Grade D indicates the candidate has achieved all the National Units for the course at that level and has achieved a band 7 in the external assessment.