Awards

Awards

What do I need to be awarded a degree?

To be awarded an honours degree you will need to meet the following requirements:
To pass a total of 360 credits including 30 credits from the Level 6 Independent Study

Most students achieve this total credit requirement by passing 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6 but the rules for some courses permit some flexibility but all courses require students to:

To pass at least 120 credits at level 4 and
To pass at least 120 credits at level 6

The full flexibility is described in the formal regulations.

How is my degree classification calculated?

All undergraduate degree courses awarded from September 2014 are governed by the following regulations.

Using 15 and 30 credit modules, the Honours degree classification will be calculated two ways, and the Board of Examiners will confirm whichever of the two methods results in the higher classification. For the majority of students the classification will be the same using both methods. 

When a result is for a 30 credit module rather than 15 credits, the grade achieved will be used twice e.g. a grade B in MOD1001 which is a 30 credit module will count as two B grades in the calculation.

Method 1: classification is determined on the profile of the best four grades (60 credits) achieved at Level 5 and the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

Method 2: classification is determined on the profile of the best 8 grades (120 credits) at Level 6:

When a result is for a 30 credit module rather than 15 credits, the grade achieved will be used twice e.g. a grade B in MOD1001 which is a 30 credit module will count as two B grades in the calculation.

The rules are defined formally in the regulations. Details can be found on the following pages:

I achieved a lower second honours degree and have noticed that I was close to getting an upper second. Can I resit some modules to raise my grade?

Your degree classification will have been calculated using the two methods outlined the Undergraduate Regulatory Framework (the Annex at the end of the document provides a useful summary.) with the best outcome being presented to the Board of Examiners.

The regulations state "Retrieval of failure in a module is permitted only after the module has been failed and is not available to improve a grade."