Swansea University

Undergraduate Degree Classification

Undergraduate Degree Classification

See also:


Undergraduate Degree Classification - The Revised Banding System

A simplified summary of the degree classification rules is given below. You are also advised to refer to the official rules as printed in the Undergraduate Assessment Regulations. If you are pursuing an accredited Engineering degree in the College of Engineering, the classification method outlined below does not apply.  You are referred to the Undergraduate Assessment Regulations, Regulation 3.5 Banding System for Professionally Accredited Engineering Undergraduate Degree Programmes.

The classification of your degree will be based on an average mark which is calculated using the marks scored normally during the second and final year of study. If you are pursuing a 4 year advanced initial degree programme (e.g. MMath,  MPhys, MOst), marks scored during the second, third and final year of study will be used. The University recognises that students tend to perform much better during the final year of study and it has therefore been decided to give a slightly higher weighting to marks in the final year.

The classification regulations shall apply to all honours programmes unless professional body requirements dictate otherwise.  In such cases, variations may be introduced, if deemed necessary. For students pursuing accredited Engineering degrees, different classification regulations apply.

In summary, the rules are as follows, assuming you are a full-time student:

You must aim to accumulate 120 credit points at each Level of Study.

3 Year Programmes
  • Band 3: Best marks achieved in 80 credits pursued at Level 6, given a weighting of 3
  • Band 2: Level 6 marks from the remaining 40 credits pursued and the best marks achieved in 40 credits pursued at Level 5, given a weighting of 2
  • Band 1: Marks achieved in remaining Level 5 credits pursued, with a weighting of 1

A formula is then applied to calculate the degree classification average.

3 Year Programmes with a year abroad/industry
  • Band 3: Best marks achieved in 80 credits pursued at Level 6, given a weighting of 3
  • Band 2: Level 6 marks from the remaining 40 credits pursued and the best marks achieved in 40 credits pursued at Level 5, given a weighting of 2
  • Band 1: Marks achieved in remaining Level 5 credits pursued, with a weighting of 1
  • Band S: Mark from year abroad/industry (if relevant), with a weight of 1

A formula is then applied to calculate the degree classification average.

*[Note: In the case of students who have pursued 3 Year Programmes with a Year Abroad/Industry, the above classification formula shall only be applied if it will operate to the candidate’s advantage. In those cases in which the incorporation of the Level S mark does not improve the overall weighted mark, the standard three year classification formula shall apply.]

4 Year Programmes (Advanced Initial Degrees)
  • Band 4: Best marks in 90 Level 7 credits pursued, with a weighting of 4
  • Band 3: Remaining marks in 30 Level 7 credits and best marks in 60 credits pursued at Level 6, given a weighting of 3
  • Band 2: Remaining marks in 60 Level 6 credits pursued and best marks in 30 credits pursued at Level 5, given a weighting of 2
  • Band 1: Remaining marks in 90 Level 5 credits pursued, with a weighting of 1

A formula is then applied to calculate the degree classification average.

4 Year Programmes with a Year Abroad/Industry*
  • Band 4: Best marks in 90 Level 7 credits pursued, with a weighting of 4
  • Band 3: Remaining marks in 30 Level 7 credits and best marks in 60 credits pursued at Level 6, given weighting of 3
  • Band 2: Remaining marks in 60 Level 6 credits pursued and best marks in 30 credits pursued at Level 5, given a weighting of 2
  • Band 1: Remaining marks in 90 Level 5 credits pursued, with a weighting of 1
  • Band S: Mark from year abroad/industry (if relevant), with a weight of 1

A formula is then applied to calculate the degree classification average.

*[Note: In the case of students who have pursued 4 Year Programmes with a Year Abroad/Industry, the above classification formula shall only be applied if it will operate to the candidate’s advantage. In those cases in which the incorporation of the Level S mark does not improve the overall weighted mark, the standard four year classification formula shall apply.]

Direct Entry to Final Year

If you are entering directly into the final year the method of classification to be applied will be based on the straight average of the modules you pursued at Swansea in the final year.

Direct Entry to Level 3 of an Advanced Initial Degree

Marks from modules pursued during levels 6 and 7, totalling 240 credits, would be given equal weighting.

Classification Bands

Based on your weighted average you will be awarded your degree classification, as appropriate, in accordance with the following bands:

Class of Degree Weighted Average
First Class Honours 70%+
Second Class Honours - Division I 60-69.9 %
Second Class Honours - Division II 50-59.9%
Third Class Honours 40-49.9%
Pass degree 35-39.9%

 

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