There are four classes of Honours degree classification: First, Upper Second, Lower Second and Third. A candidate who has not met the requirements for the award of a third-class Honours degree may, subject to meeting the requirements, be eligible for the award of a Designated Degree or non-Honours Degree.

  • To achieve an honours degree students must attain a minimum of 480 credit points including at least 180 at levels 3 and 4, of which a minimum of 90 must be at level 4.
  • A designated degree requires a minimum of 360 credit points including at least 90 at level 3
  • A non-honours degree requires a minimum of 360 credit points including at least 60 at level 3

Degree classification is based on performance across the Honours programme as a whole (i.e. Levels 3 and 4 for 4-year degrees and Levels 3, 4 and 5 for 5-year integrated masters degrees).

Only courses taken at level 3 and above will count towards Honours classification.


Students entering Honours from Academic Year 2019-20

Students will have their degree classification based on the Grade Point Average system. Further details, including worked examples to show exactly how degree classification is determined is available in the UG Student Summary: Code of Practice on Assessment: 2019-2020. The full Code of Practice on Assessment: 2019-20 provides greater detail in regard to resit examinations, compensatory credit and students who take extra credits amongst other special cirumstances.


Students entering Honours in Academic Year 2018-19

Students will have their degree classification based on the Grade Point Average system. Further details, including worked examples to show exactly how degree classification is determined is available in the UG Student Summary: Code of Practice on Assessment: 2018-2019. The full Code of Practice on Assessment: 2018-2019 provides greater detail in regard to resit examinations, compensatory credit and students who take extra credits amongst other special cirumstances.
 

Students entering Honours on or before September 2017

Prior to 2014-15, UG degrees were classified via the Honours Classification (Grade Spectrum). A Grade Point Average method of degree classification was introduced in 2014-15.

Students who began their Honours programme (i.e. Level 3) between September 2014 and September 2017 will have their degree classification calculated via both Grade Point Average and Grade Spectrum methodology and receive the higher of the two classifications should differences occur. This includes Integrated Masters students who began their Honours programme (i.e. Level 3) in September 2017.

Further details, including worked examples to show exactly how degree classification is determined is available in the Code of Practice on Assessment

A number of changes to assessment practices, grading processes and classification algorithms have been approved by Senate that apply to students who have started their honours programmes since September 2017.  A summary guidance document is available to ensure that all staff and students are aware what changes apply to which cohort of students.