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    I'm considering applying for the post graduate program of The London Consortium [ http://www.londonconsortium.com ] as an international student; their FAQ page, and those of many other universities I've been considering, list a "First or Upper-Second Class UK Honours Degree or equivalent" as a requirement for application. In my university the grading system works on a scale of 100 and my degree of graduation is 76.35 points over 100; how would this translate to the UK honours system?

    (Sorry if similar questions have come up before but my search hasn't yielded any useful results.)


    If you really want to know what 76.35 is worth in UK terms you should look at how many people on your course get better / worse than this.

    In the UK system 76% would be an excellent mark (First), however, this is only because a lot of subjects don't really give out anything above 80 (even though the mark is expressed as a percentage, i.e. out of 100). In a lot of American universities, for instance, 76% would be nowhere near as good, as some of them tend to make use of the full marking scale up to 100. (This is a problem some of my American friends have encountered when going back after a year in England - their home universities, especially the smaller ones, regarded the high 2.1s and low Firsts that they got as about average.)

    Generally speaking, I would say that about 5-10% of students in the UK get a First and about 40% will get an Upper Second (can vary quite a bit between different universities!)
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