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I was looking through the final year noticeboard at uni and what struck me was the number of students who got a 2.1. There were a few 2.2 and 3rd class degrees but quite a few got a 2.1.

This is across the majority of universities across the country. So, is a 2.1 still considered the benchmark and is it a good grade to get?
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Stephen Fry got that so I imagine so. :cool:
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Well it's still considered good. Most Post-grad courses want a 2.1 entry requirement, employers see that it's a great achievement and you can't really get a 2.1 by fannying around in fancy dress for three years. I'm curious to what university you go to, though. There's a website (think it's called unistats or something) which will give you a pie chart of what each graduate (and in the course) gets
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everyone gets a 2:1 these days so it definitely wouldn't stand out...i guess it's good enough though.
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Probably not on here given that everyone gets As.

At first I only thought this is where the greatest minds in the world came to congregate, then I had a look at the thread titles and it confirmed it to me.
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yes
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(Original post by ArcadiaHouse)
Stephen Fry got that so I imagine so. :cool:
Oh it must be good then if he got one, didn't he go to an Oxbridge Uni BTW?

Like Jimmy Carr LOLOLOL

And yeah, 2:1 is good, if I was offered a 2:1 before I start my degree, I'd snatch their hand off
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It isn't bad, but considering the current economic climate and the forecasts for the next few years or so, you'd make a better chances for yourself by getting a higher degree and standing out from the graduate crowd...
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Well a 2.i certainly puts you in a position for post graduate, and it is certainly reputable when potential employers are checking out your credentials. Still, obviously it's better to have a first to get ahead of all of those who gain a 2.i.
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I've just graduated from UCLan with a 2:1. Based on last year's statistics, 56% of those on my course should have got the same, with 39% getting a 2:2. 3% got a 3rd and 3% a 1st.
Of course, that's only the statistic for those who finished the course.
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Oh it must be good then if he got one, didn't he go to an Oxbridge Uni BTW?

Like Jimmy Carr LOLOLOL

And yeah, 2:1 is good, if I was offered a 2:1 before I start my degree, I'd snatch their hand off
Yeah, Cambridge. :eek: I was surprised when I heard Jimmy Carr went there, the tradition of producing talented comedians like John Cleese, Tony Slattery, Hugh Laurie etc must have by-passed him. :rolleyes:
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It's considered the benchmark. It's generally seen as the "You've worked hard but you're not uber special" grade.
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Yeah, Cambridge. :eek: I was surprised when I heard Jimmy Carr went there, the tradition of producing talented comedians like John Cleese, Tony Slattery, Hugh Laurie etc must have by-passed him. :rolleyes:
You can tell Jimmy Carr is a pretty smart guy anyway, from a middle class background
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It is good, but its seen as a benchmark.

Eg. My dad does interviews at his new company and he did them at his old one (both oil companies hiring graduated engineers) and they don't consider anyway without a 2:1
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You have to remember the standard that it takes to get onto your course and the number of people who drop out along the way. Of course the majority get a 2:1, but I feel uni isn't so much of how well you do along the way, it's the fact you do do it and what you learn along the way, and a 2:1 tells you that you did it to a good standard.

Having a good extra curric puts you beyond the others though I would highly recommend concentrating doing this during your degree.
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Yeah, Cambridge. :eek: I was surprised when I heard Jimmy Carr went there, the tradition of producing talented comedians like John Cleese, Tony Slattery, Hugh Laurie etc must have by-passed him. :rolleyes:
Did Patrick McGuinness go to Oxbridge?
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Did Patrick McGuinness go to Oxbridge?
My point was that Cambridge has a history of producing talented comedians, and Jimmy Carr is a painfully unfunny comedian, not that only Oxbridge graduates make good comedians.
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2i is a very good grade, the universities have suffered far less grade inflation than the GCSE and GCE qualificaitons.
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TBH within a 2.i the actual % is quite important. A 2.i is a fairly common grade to achieve, so the difference between say 61% and 68% is fairly important when quoting your academia.

Having said that, just because a lot of people get 2.is doesn't mean it's not a brilliant achievement - you've got to be fairly intelligent to get that sort of mark!
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(Original post by ArcadiaHouse)
My point was that Cambridge has a history of producing talented comedians, and Jimmy Carr is a painfully unfunny comedian, not that only Oxbridge graduates make good comedians.
No, I know. I was being sarcastic.

Believe it or not, Paddy McGuinness is worse than Alan Carr's brother, Jimmy. And that's saying something.
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