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1. I hear everyone talking of firsts seconds and thirds etc but whats does it actually mean?

Are there set %'s and things, is it just 1st 2nd and 3rd? whats a 1:2??

Thanks
2. (Original post by knightsy)
I hear everyone talking of firsts seconds and thirds etc but whats does it actually mean?

Are there set %'s and things, is it just 1st 2nd and 3rd? whats a 1:2??

Thanks
It varies by subject and department...although the quality required for a first is (in theory) the same regardless of uni/subject.

The easiest match is that a 1st=distinction, 2i=merit and 2ii=pass (and 3rd = pass by the skin of your teeth)
3. (Original post by Pencil Queen)
It varies by subject and department...although the quality required for a first is (in theory) the same regardless of uni/subject.

The easiest match is that a 1st=distinction, 2i=merit and 2ii=pass (and 3rd = pass by the skin of your teeth)
so what overall would you need like percentages to get an 1st does anyone know ?
4. They've told us that 60% is equivalent to a 1st (Physics at Birmingham).
5. (Original post by hotnanoo)
so what overall would you need like percentages to get an 1st does anyone know ?
Like I say it varies by subject and uni. For instance in Geology at Southampton it took 70% to get a first (60% for a 2i, 50% 2ii and 40% 3rd) however almost no exams were quantative - they were all essay based exams and there is no set marking scheme like at A level/GCSE the markers just used their own judgement as to whether an answer was ok, good or outstanding and then tagged a %age on that matched it roughly...the %ages were just used as a way of combining the module grades into an overall grade.
6. 70-75 depending on which uni you are at is a 1st
60+ 2.1
50+ 2.2
45+ 3rd I think at most unis I might be slightly off track on the 3rd percentage though.
7. (Original post by Pencil Queen)
It varies by subject and department...although the quality required for a first is (in theory) the same regardless of uni/subject.

The easiest match is that a 1st=distinction, 2i=merit and 2ii=pass (and 3rd = pass by the skin of your teeth)
Thats not technically true:

1st - highest
2:1
2:2
3
Pass - lowest
8. In the course I am doing at the moment because it is a masters you have to get over 50% to pass
9. so what would be a first at a top uni for say law like oxford or Manchester 80% which i presume is hard to get or everyone would be getting them
10. 70% is a first in law at Sheffield Uni I think.
11. (Original post by hotnanoo)
so what would be a first at a top uni for say law like oxford or Manchester 80% which i presume is hard to get or everyone would be getting them
Please use punctuation, it's a bit hard to understand what you mean without it.
12. (Original post by hotnanoo)
so what would be a first at a top uni for say law like oxford or Manchester 80% which i presume is hard to get or everyone would be getting them
The law department at Uni of East Anglia is top 10 I think in the league tables for law, and according to my housemate who does law, in the past 3 years they have only awarded 1 first because its that difficult. Don't wanna put you off though!!!
13. (Original post by hotnanoo)
so what would be a first at a top uni for say law like oxford or Manchester 80% which i presume is hard to get or everyone would be getting them
at oxford it is 70% is a first for law, 60% 2.1, 50% 2.2
14. (Original post by tagzt)
at oxford it is 70% is a first for law, 60% 2.1, 50% 2.2
are you seeing the matrix tonight at odeon magdalen street? Im there!

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