Degree classification

Degree certificate and cap

This page explains the ways in which degree classifications and differential levels of award are calculated.

Confirmation of award

You will receive official confirmation of your final award after the examining boards have had the opportunity to review your complete profile, consider any extenuating circumstances submitted, and apply any capping penalties that you may have incurred.

Examination board and results publication dates are available in the Academic Year calendar.

Variances to the method of calculation

Some professional bodies require a variance to the method of calculation for an honours degree classification or differential level of award. For example, an alternative method is used to calculate the outcomes for the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering and BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering awards.

It is important that you are aware whether your award falls under variant regulations. Please see the academic regulations and procedures web pages or read the Variations to the Regulations document for further information.

Undergraduate degree classifications

The following sections outline the method of calculation for Undergraduate awards.

Honours degrees (all years of study completed at UWE)

Due to variations between the total credit requirements for different degree with honours awards, a single University-wide formula, which uses the same number of credits for all students, is used to calculate degree classifications.

The key features of the formula are:

  • Only the marks for 100 credits at level 3 and 100 credits at level 2 (or other level 3 credits) are included.
  • Marks for the 100 level 3 credits are weighted three times those at level 2 (or other level 3 credits).
  • Marks used are the best overall module marks you have achieved.

For the vast majority of students, the total credit requirement for a degree with honours is 360. Some programmes are exceptions to this, usually because a professional or statutory body has different or additional requirements to enable it to accredit the award. A Student Support Adviser will be able to explain any differences if they apply to you.

Honours degrees (entry with a foundation degree)

Your foundation degree contributes 240 credits towards the total of 360, and you take the remaining 120 credits in year 3.

The classification for students who progress from a foundation degree to the final year of an honours degree will be calculated based only on the marks achieved in that year.

In the calculation, the best overall module marks for 100 credits achieved at level 3 are weighted three times those of the remaining 20 credits.

Honours degrees (direct entrants - without a foundation degree)

Direct entrants to programmes should note that the marks or grades awarded by another institution do not contribute towards a classification for honours or to the granting of an award with merit or distinction. For the majority of direct entrant students, the following will apply:

  • Direct entrants to Level 2 will have their honours degree classification calculated as per the single University-wide formula.
  • Direct entrants to Level 3 will have their honours degree classification based upon 120 credits, the best marks for 100 credits at level 3 being weighted at three times the value of the marks for the remaining 20 credits.

Honours degrees: How to estimate your classification

If you are waiting for your results and wish to calculate an estimate outcome based on the marks that you have received, you can use the 'Degree Classification Calculator' as a rough guide. Instructions can be found on the first page of the document.

Important notes regarding the calculator

The academic record system (ISIS) works with rounded marks, so there may be a small difference between your estimate and that of the academic record system.

Any outcome that you calculate is based solely on your selection of marks, and the University will not be bound by any calculation that you create. If you have any problems using this resource, please contact a Student Support Adviser in the first instance.

Please note the calculator may only be used for the calculation of BA (Hons), BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) degrees. This is because the classification of Integrated Masters (eg MEng) and Masters Awards (eg MA/MSc) is based upon comparative criteria making a calculator less accurate.

Masters degree classifications

The following sections outline the method of calculation for Masters awards.

Integrated Bachelor/Masters degree (eg MEng)

This extract from the academic regulations explains how an Integrated Masters differential level of award is calculated.

H7.1R An integrated Bachelor/Masters degree is not classified. It is awarded with distinction across 220 credits at level 3 or above (FHEQ level 6), such that (i) an average of 70% is achieved on all level M modules to at least the minimum required for the award, and (ii) an average of 70% or more is achieved across level 3 (FHEQ level 6) modules required to make up the remaining credits to a total of 220.

It is awarded with merit for performance across 220 credits at level 3 or above (FHEQ level 6 or above), such that (i) an average of 60% is achieved on all level M modules to at least the minimum required for the award, and (ii) an average of 60% or more is achieved across level 3 (FHEQ level 6) modules required to make up the remaining credits to a total of 220.

Application of the regulation

H7.2 The differential level of an MEng award is on the basis of the outcome of two calculations:

  • The weighted average for the marks for all required level M modules (normally 120 credits) and
  • The weighted average for the marks for all required level 3 modules (normally 100 credits).

If the two overall outcomes lie in a different class, the differential level of the award will be determined by lowest of the two. For example, if the weighted average level 3 mark is lower than the weighted average mark for the weighted average level M mark, the level 3 mark determines the overall outcome.

Masters degrees (eg MA/MSc)

This extract from the academic regulations explains how a Masters differential level of award is calculated.

H18.1R In order to be awarded a Masters Degree with merit a student must have:

  • Achieved credit in all level M modules (FHEQ level 7) within the first sit or resit and,
  • Achieved a mark of not less than 60% in the Masters Dissertation (or equivalent designated module) and,
  • Achieved a weighted average mark at level M of not less than 60% across at least 120 credits.

H18.2R In order to be awarded a Masters Degree with distinction a student must have:

  • Achieved credit in all level M modules (FHEQ level 7) within the first sit or resit and,
  • Achieved a mark of not less than 70% in the Masters Dissertation (or equivalent designated module) and,
  • Achieved a weighted average mark at level M of not less than 70% across at least 120 credits.

Application of the regulation

H18.3 In cases where the marks in H18.1Rb. and H18.1Rc and H18.2Rb and H18.2Rc lie in a different class, the differential level of the award will be determined by lowest of the two:

Where the dissertation mark is lower than the weighted average mark for the best 120 credits at level M (FHEQ level 7), the dissertation mark determines the overall outcome.

Where the weighted average mark for the best 120 credits at level M (FHEQ level 7) is lower than the dissertation mark, the weighted average mark determines the overall outcome.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

To be eligible for the award of MArch with distinction, a student must achieve 70% or above in 90 credits of M level modules and an average of 70% across any combination of 120 credits of modules at level 3 or above.

To be eligible for the award of MArch with merit, a student must achieve 60% or above in 90 credits of M level modules and an average of 60% across any combination of 120 credits of modules at level 3 or above.

Page last updated 2 December 2014

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