Degree classifications - a little help?

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Im between 2nd and 3rd year at uni. How does my degree get classed because im unsure and i will probably need to see someone when i get back but its bugging me now.


If i get a basic degree after my three years, then what is it if i get average in 60%s? Would that be a degree, or a 2:1

How does it work if i do honours then in 4th year? Does that become 2:1 with honours?

I also heard for honours your classification comes from only your 3 highest marks. Is this true?

I would be grateful if anyone can answer my questions
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Someone must know please?
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As for how your class is calculated, that is something you need to talk to your department about. The class of your degree is actually the classification of honours you get, so a classified degree is by its very nature an honours degree.
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As for how your class is calculated, that is something you need to talk to your department about. The class of your degree is actually the classification of honours you get, so a classified degree is by its very nature an honours degree.
Thanks, i think ive got it now. Is this broadly correct then?

If i graduate in 3rd year without doing the honours year i get: A degree

If i graduate with average equaling 2:1 marks from the honours year: 2:1

Am i on the right tracks?

Im going to see someone when i get back but its just playing on my mind how it all works and i really wanted to know. Thanks
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hey
If you leave after 3rd year you just get a degree. I know the people on my course(Comp sci) who left after 3rd year just got a bachelor of science. This confused us as we thought they'd get a bachelor of science in computer science but it doesn't seem like they did, its just in general science.
If you do fourth year then you will get a classification(first, upper second, lower second, third). The mark you need will depend on your university. Oxbridge for example use a curve so only a certain number of people can get a first, 2.1 etc. I went to Edinburgh however and it just went on your final percentage where:
70+ = first
60 -70= 2.1
50- 60 = 2.2
40 - 50 = 3rd

All your third and fourth year marks will be used to calculate an average which is used as your classification (at least that was the case at Edin). Hope this clears stuff up for you!
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:ditto: The degree in 3rd year is just a pass or fail, not classified, and i don't think many employers look favourable on them. My uni uses the same classification as above.
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Some universities (like Glasgow Caledonian) use marks from your best nine (out of 12ish) modules from 3rd and 4th year; half of which (minimum) must be from 4th year and must include the honours dissertation (or project depending on your degree).

The overall percentages used here are the same as those stated by 'burger. Also, at Caley it seems if you fail anything in 3rd or 4th year and pass on resit, it is counted as 40% and forms part of the 9 modules used to calculate your honours classification. One equally confusing point - if you failed something, the best you could get was a 2.2! Completely and utterly confusing, no?

Every university is different though - bombard course supervisors with emails until one of 'em explains it to you in plain English (which my explanation totally doesn't!)

Also, if you pass everything first time (don't know if high marks are required) you might be "eligible for Exit Award of Unclassified Degree with Distinction" or something like that.

Good luck! :cool:
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So for cally students if I leave in third year it's just a pass or fail degree, but if I wait and do fourth year I get a classification with honours so 2.1, 2.2 etc?

I'm on the Power engineering course so be good if someone could help me out as I can't stand not being able to put what I've learned into practice but at the same time if I need to stay and do fourth year then I will.

Thanks for any help guys!
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(Original post by Gaslighter96)
So for cally students if I leave in third year it's just a pass or fail degree, but if I wait and do fourth year I get a classification with honours so 2.1, 2.2 etc?

I'm on the Power engineering course so be good if someone could help me out as I can't stand not being able to put what I've learned into practice but at the same time if I need to stay and do fourth year then I will.

Thanks for any help guys!
This thread was from 2007. The original participants are (very) unlikely to reply and I've now closed it.

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