# Overall degree classification

Hi
Can anyone help me work out what my overall degree classification will be with the following grades.
Open University:
Year 2 both 60 credits I got a distinction and grade 2 pass
Year 3 both 60 credits I got a grade 3 pass and on course for a grade 2 pass.
Will I get a 2:1 with these grades?

Cheers
Possibly hard to say as I recall the OU had a fairly complex method of working it out.

I seem to recall there was some kind of classification calculator/estimator tool they had built in for current students - did you try putting your results into that?

If I understand the schemes correctly:

To achieve a 2:1 you need 631-900 weighted credits.

The best 120 level 3 credits are counted twice.

The best 120 level 2 credits are counted once

The weighted credits are calculated by multiplying the credits by your pass grade (where distinction is *1, pass grade 2 is *2 etc.)

You would have under that scheme then:

Level 2 (second year): (60*1) + (60*2) = 180 weighted credits

Level 3 (third year): (60*3) + (60*2) = 300 weighted credits DOUBLED for best 120 credits at level 3 = 300 * 2 = 600 weighted credits at level 3

Total = 180+600 = 780 weighted credits

This falls within the 2:1 range of 631-900 weighted credits.

So I believe you would get a 2:1 but I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with your tutor at the OU or similar to discuss and/or trying out their calculator tool (unfortunately I no longer have access to that myself as I'm not a current student there).

Worked out based on these resources:

https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/50/honours-class-working-out.pdf

https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/252/Understanding%20your%20Class%20of%20Honours%20Bachelors%20May%2023.pdf
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by artful_lounger
Possibly hard to say as I recall the OU had a fairly complex method of working it out.
I seem to recall there was some kind of classification calculator/estimator tool they had built in for current students - did you try putting your results into that?
If I understand the schemes correctly:

To achieve a 2:1 you need 631-900 weighted credits.

The best 120 level 3 credits are counted twice.

The best 120 level 2 credits are counted once

The weighted credits are calculated by multiplying the credits by your pass grade (where distinction is *1, pass grade 2 is *2 etc.)

You would have under that scheme then:

Level 2 (second year): (60*1) + (60*2) = 180 weighted credits

Level 3 (third year): (60*3) + (60*2) = 300 weighted credits DOUBLED for best 120 credits at level 3 = 300 * 2 = 600 weighted credits at level 3

Total = 180+600 = 780 weighted credits

This falls within the 2:1 range of 631-900 weighted credits.

So I believe you would get a 2:1 but I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with your tutor at the OU or similar to discuss and/or trying out their calculator tool (unfortunately I no longer have access to that myself as I'm not a current student there).
Worked out based on these resources:
https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/50/honours-class-working-out.pdf
https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/252/Understanding%20your%20Class%20of%20Honours%20Bachelors%20May%2023.pdf

Thank you so much, this does help. I have just received a module result grade 3 and I'm devastated. I have been severely marked down on my EMA and sadly no-one can explain. I was on course for a 1st so you can imagine the disappointment but equally If I get a 2/1 that will be ok.
Original post by artful_lounger
Possibly hard to say as I recall the OU had a fairly complex method of working it out.
I seem to recall there was some kind of classification calculator/estimator tool they had built in for current students - did you try putting your results into that?
If I understand the schemes correctly:

To achieve a 2:1 you need 631-900 weighted credits.

The best 120 level 3 credits are counted twice.

The best 120 level 2 credits are counted once

The weighted credits are calculated by multiplying the credits by your pass grade (where distinction is *1, pass grade 2 is *2 etc.)

You would have under that scheme then:

Level 2 (second year): (60*1) + (60*2) = 180 weighted credits

Level 3 (third year): (60*3) + (60*2) = 300 weighted credits DOUBLED for best 120 credits at level 3 = 300 * 2 = 600 weighted credits at level 3

Total = 180+600 = 780 weighted credits

This falls within the 2:1 range of 631-900 weighted credits.

So I believe you would get a 2:1 but I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with your tutor at the OU or similar to discuss and/or trying out their calculator tool (unfortunately I no longer have access to that myself as I'm not a current student there).
Worked out based on these resources:
https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/50/honours-class-working-out.pdf
https://help.open.ac.uk/documents/policies/working-out-your-class-of-honours/files/252/Understanding%20your%20Class%20of%20Honours%20Bachelors%20May%2023.pdf

Sadly the OU calculator is not simple and only gives examples! Thank you once again for your help 😊
I got the same as well. Exactly. I got a grade 2 pass. whatever that means?
Original post by Vicki Cee
Thank you so much, this does help. I have just received a module result grade 3 and I'm devastated. I have been severely marked down on my EMA and sadly no-one can explain. I was on course for a 1st so you can imagine the disappointment but equally If I get a 2/1 that will be ok.

Yeah I can imagine that is unfortunate I would definitely try and push as hard as you can for feedback if you can!

But yes it looks like a 2:1 should be within possibility if I understand things correctly which is still a great result
Original post by Vicki Cee
Sadly the OU calculator is not simple and only gives examples! Thank you once again for your help 😊

Ah I see, it was a few years since I saw it and thought there was something you could basically put your current marks in and it would estimate the class for you but I guess not!