how does the grading system work at university and what are exams like ?

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how are people graded? what does 2:1 mean? what are exams like, specifically for humanities subjects? i feel like i’ve had no information regarding this and when people throw terms like 2:1, 2:2 etc... i’m just really confused lol
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Usually:

1st class honours: >70%
Upper 2nd class honours (aka 2:1 or 2:i, called a two-one): 60-69%
Lower 2nd class honours (aka 2:2): 50-59%
3rd class honours: 40-49%
Fail: < 40%

This system is fairly consistent across universities in the UK, however the proportion of people getting each degree classification varies between university and subject. A First is fairly common for STEM courses, but quite rare for law. Proportion of Firsts being awarded has doubled in the past ten years too.

Some universities round up percentages if they're close to the next higher one, e.g. someone getting 69.5% getting awarded a First.

Humanities subjects will probably have a lot of coursework instead of lots of end-of-year exams, but depends on the university. Getting above 80% is very rare for humanities subjects.

This doesn't apply to medicine or postgraduate courses.
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Usually:

1st class honours: >70%
Upper 2nd class honours (aka 2:1 or 2:i, called a two-one): 60-69%
Lower 2nd class honours (aka 2:2): 50-59%
3rd class honours: 40-49%
Fail: < 40%

This system is fairly consistent across universities in the UK, however the proportion of people getting each degree classification varies between university and subject. A First is fairly common for STEM courses, but quite rare for law. Proportion of Firsts being awarded has doubled in the past ten years too.

Some universities round up percentages if they're close to the next higher one, e.g. someone getting 69.5% getting awarded a First.

Humanities subjects will probably have a lot of coursework instead of lots of end-of-year exams, but depends on the university. Getting above 80% is very rare for humanities subjects.

This doesn't apply to medicine or postgraduate courses.
thank u so much, i wish other websites were this clear when explaining stuff like that
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thank u so much, i wish other websites were this clear when explaining stuff like that
What course are you planning on applying for?
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What course are you planning on applying for?
history and sociology joint hons
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