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Degree Classifications

How your degree is calculated

We know that degree classifications can be confusing. In short, you need to have all your credits to graduate and your average module marks for your second and third years will determine which degree class you'll get. 

 

To get your degree you must pass all 120 credits at each level.

However, if you've failed any modules you may be able get them condoned or compensated, which would give you credits as if you'd passed the module. You can read more about module condonement and compensation in their section on this page.

 

Your degree classification will depend on your 'weighted average' module mark for Levels 5 and 6.  Your Level 6 modules are worth more than your Level 5 modules.

 

To calculate the weighted average:

1.  Separately calculate the average module mark for Level 5 and Level 6 - for double credit modules include the mark twice. If you have more than 120 credits in either level, the highest 120 credits will be used.

2.  Calculate 1/3 of the average module mark in Level 5.  

3.  Calculate 2/3 of the average module mark in Level 6.

4.  Add together the results from steps 2 and 3. This will be your weighted average.

**This year, degrees will be calculated using two algorithms due to the safety net policy put in place at the start of the pandemic. The first algorithm is the normal one, as outlined above. The second is calculated by ignoring your marks from Semester 2 of Level 5, i.e. they will use 1/3 of your average marks from Semester 1 of Level 5 and 2/3 of all your average marks from this year. You will get whichever degree class is higher. You can read about last year's safety net here.**

 

For an Integrated Masters the weighted average is calculated using 20% of the average module mark at Level 5; 30% of the average module mark at Level 6; and 50% of the average module mark at Level 7.

For students who entered Keele at Level 6 your degree will be calculated using the average module mark for Level 6 instead of the weighted average.

 

 

First Class Honours

Weighted average module mark of at least 70%.

OR weighted average of at least 67% AND at least 60 Level 6 credits (4 standard modules) with marks of 70 or higher.

 

Second Class Honours Division One (2:1)

Weighted average module mark of at least 60%.

OR weighted average of at least 57% AND at least 60 Level 6 credits (4 standard modules) with marks of 60 or higher.

 

Second Class Honours Division Two (2:2)

Weighted average module mark of at least 50%.

OR weighted average of at least 47% AND at least 60 Level 6 credits (4 standard modules) with marks of 50 or higher.

 

Third Class Honours

Weighted average module mark of at least 40%.

 

Pass

Weighted average module mark of at least 35%.

 

For an Integrated Masters, replace 60 Level 6 credits with 60 Level 7 credits at each category. A 2:2 is the lowest degree awarded for an Integrated Masters.

 

 

 

You may be able to get a failed module condoned or compensated under Regulation D5.

 

Module Condonement

Please note condonement is not available for students in the Faculty of Health or studying Social Work.

Law students should also be aware this could affect an LLB award. Please check your course handbook for more information.

If you’ve failed a module you may still be able to get the module condoned - this means the mark will stay but the credits will be given and module will be passed.

You can get 30 credits condoned in total across Levels 4 and 5 (first and second years) - either 15 credits in each year or 30 credits in one year and none in the other year. 

In Level 6 (third year) you can get up to 30 credits condoned. 

Condonement is applied by the Exam Board at the end of the year if:

  • You’ve passed every other module;
  • You’ve used up all your attempts at the failed module;
  • Your mark is 30-39;
  • The module isn’t a ‘qualified fail’.

For Integrated Masters you can get 45 credits condoned across Levels 4-6, with no more than 30 credits in each Level. At Level 7 you can get 35 credits condoned if you get marks in the 40-49 range.

 

Module Compensation

If a Level 5 or Level 6 student on one of the following courses has a module mark under 30 then module compensation could be given if the student has performed well in their other modules.  You can read more about compensation on the University website.

This is currently only available for:

Mathematics (BSc Single and Dual honours)

Health and Rehabilitation (BSc) 

Physics (BSc Single Honours and Dual Honours) - but not at Level 5 or for compulsory modules at Level 6

Astrophysics (BSc Single and Dual Honours) - but not at Level 5 or for compulsory modules at Level 6

 

Due to last year's policy, all undergraduate students who completed their second year studies in the 2019/2020 academic year will currently have their degrees calculated in two ways: the normal calculation, and a second calculation that ignores the marks from Semester 2 of their second year. They will be awarded the highest degree out of those two calculations. 

Further safety nets have now been put in place for this year. Full information and an FAQ is on the University's website but in summary:

All undergraduate students who have an average module mark in the borderline range will automatically have their degree raised to the higher class - this was previously only done if a student had exceptional circumstances. Please note that if your degree has been calculated using last year's safety net algorithm (i.e. your marks for Semester 2 in 2019/20 have been disregarded), this borderline safety net cannot be applied.

All postgraduate taught students' degrees will now be determined by just the average module mark; you no longer need to achieve a particular mark in your dissertation as well.

All students will be given a third, capped, assessment attempt if they haven't passed a module in two attempts (and if it can't be condoned). Exam boards will also be reviewing the year's performance against those of previous years and may adjust grades for the whole year if appropriate.

You may be able to appeal if you can meet one of the appeal grounds. You can appeal to ask for further attempts or (in rare cases) to have your degree class raised.

The deadline for appeals is 10 calendar days after you're sent your official email from Student Records. If you’d like to look into appealing please visit our Appeals page.