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.)
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- 23-08-2004 02:59
- 23-08-2004 12:54
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!)