# BCU degree classification help

Hi,

I need some help figuring out what my final grade is. I’ve listed all my grades and the module credits.
2nd year in total is worth 40%: 74% 20 credits, 73% 20 credits, 55% 20 credits, 70% 20 cretics, 70% 20 cretics and 83% 20 credits these are all my grades.

3rd year in total is worth 60%: 68% 40 credits, 59% 20 credits, 70% 20credits, 69% 20 credits, 61% 20 credits.

Please could someone help me it would be very much appreciated <3
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,

I need some help figuring out what my final grade is. I’ve listed all my grades and the module credits.
2nd year in total is worth 40%: 74% 20 credits, 73% 20 credits, 55% 20 credits, 70% 20 cretics, 70% 20 cretics and 83% 20 credits these are all my grades.

3rd year in total is worth 60%: 68% 40 credits, 59% 20 credits, 70% 20credits, 69% 20 credits, 61% 20 credits.

Please could someone help me it would be very much appreciated <3

BCU's Academic Regulations say, "The mark for a module, stage mean and grand mean (overall degree weighted mark) shall be a whole number rounded up (≥ 0.45%) or down (≤ 0.44%)." In this context "stage" means "year". So they round each year's mark.

The average of your second year scores (74%, 73%, 55%, 70%, 70% and 83%) is 71% (rounded).

Treating the 40 credit module as to 20 credit modules, the average of your third year scores (68%, 68%, 59%, 70%, 69%, 61%) is 66% (rounded).

Apply the weightings, we get 40% of 71% (i.e. 28.4%) + 60% of 66% (i.e. 39.6%) for an overall degree weighted mark of 68%. That's a 2:1.

(There are rules for "students falling within a borderline area of one percent below each classification boundary", but those don't apply here.)
I just got my final grade at BCU and my overall grade is 69.25. Will the borderline classification apply and will I be bumped to a first? Or will that be a 2:1
Original post by Anonymous
I just got my final grade at BCU and my overall grade is 69.25. Will the borderline classification apply and will I be bumped to a first? Or will that be a 2:1

Have you calculated it at 69.25? Or is that the figure BCU came up with? I ask as their regulations say:

"4.2.1 The mark for a module, stage mean and grand mean (overall degree weighted mark) shall be a whole number rounded up (≥ 0.45%) or down (≤ 0.44%)."

So, according to their regulations, 69.25 isn't a valid overall grade - it would be 69.

Anyway, they also say:

"5.5.1 Rounding of marks may result in a grand mean mark coming close to but below a degree classification boundary. Students falling within a borderline area of one percent below each classification boundary as follows will be eligible for reclassification:
69-70 Boundary for 2:1/1st and for postgraduate merit/distinction
59-60 Boundary for 2:2/2:1 and for postgraduate pass/merit
49-50 Boundary for 3rd/2:2 and for postgraduate borderline fail

So you're in the borderline area, which means 5.5.2 applies:

"5.5.2 To ensure equity in the consideration of borderline candidates at undergraduate level, a borderline candidate will be automatically reclassified where they have achieved 50% of the credit that contributes to classification in the higher class."

So, of the credits that contribute to the degree classification (i.e. from Stages 2 and 3), were more than half of them at 70% or above?
Hello,

I calculated it myself and it came up to 69.25.

I got an average of my third year grade and multiple by 0.6(60%) and multipled the average of my second year grade by 0.4 (40%) and I added the the two together to get 69.25.

My second year avaerage is 70% and third year average is 68.75.
Original post by Anonymous
Hello,

I calculated it myself and it came up to 69.25.

I got an average of my third year grade and multiple by 0.6(60%) and multipled the average of my second year grade by 0.4 (40%) and I added the the two together to get 69.25.

My second year avaerage is 70% and third year average is 68.75.

Then it seems like 5.5.2 applies, and that you should be awarded a first.
Original post by Savageee
Hello,
Please can you explain what you mean “by the credits that contribute to the degree classification”

Thank you

I'm just repeated what's in the regulation. It says, "...where they have achieved 50% of the credit that contributes to classification in the higher class."

Every uni uses different credits to work out your final degree classification. It looks like BCU use all the credits from Year 2 and all the credits from Year 3. So I guess those are the credits we're talking about.

Original post by Savageee
I hope so.

Thank you for responding.

Also, I haven’t had anything less than 50% in all my grades. Does that help?
I have had 90,79,52,54 this year.
I also contested one of the grades but didn’t get a response.

"haven’t had anything less than 50%" isn't relevant. What's relevant is if half your credits were at 70% or more across the two years.

Those marks for the 4 modules this year - were they equally sized at 30 credits per module? What about last year? How many credits for each module, with what marks?

I ask because this year exactly 50% of your credits are at or over the 70% boundary. So there no wiggle room. You need the same to be true last year too.