The University has created a safety net policy to consider the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For FAQs about the safety net policy you can visit Keele's website HERE.
The information on this page is for the normal degree calculation. This year the University will do two calculations:
(1) The normal calculation (outlined below); and
(2) The safety net calculation. You will still need to pass all your modules but the marks for Semester 2 will not be included in the weighted average calculation.
You will be awarded the best degree classification out of those two.
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 at the bottom of this page.
Weighted Average Mark
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.
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. (For the safety net calculation you would need at least 30 Level 6 credits in Semester 1 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. (For the safety net calculation you would need at least 30 Level 6 credits in Semester 1 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. (For the safety net calculation you would need at least 30 Level 6 credits in Semester 1 with marks of 50 or higher).
Third Class Honours
Weighted average module mark of at least 40%.
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.
Module Condonement and Compensation
You may be able to get a failed module condoned or compensated under Regulation D5.
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.
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 HERE.
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