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We know that degree classifications can be confusing, and you might be worried that you've been given the wrong decision. Degrees are calculated automatically so mistakes are rare but they can happen - we've written a guide to help you if you'd like to check.

 

I'm not sure if my degree has been calculated correctly

Your degree class is decided by your weighted average module mark. You can check you've been given the correct weighted average by doing your own calculation. You can do this by following these steps:

1.  Calculate your average module mark for Level 5 by adding up each mark and dividing by 8. For 30 credit modules, include the mark twice when adding up.

2.  Your Level 5 modules are worth 1/3 of your degree, so divide your average by 3.

3.  Calculate your average module mark for Level 6, using the same method from step 1.

4.  Your Level 6 modules are worth 2/3 of your degree, so divide your average by 3 then multiply it by 2.

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

 

If you're doing 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.

If you entered Keele at Level 6, your degree will be calculated using the average module mark for Level 6 instead of the weighted average.

 

 

What do I need for each degree classification?

 

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%.

 

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.

 

 

What happens if I haven't passed?

If you haven't achieved a degree and have attempts remaining you will be offered the chance to take those reassessments to try to get your degree. You can usually choose to take resits in August or in the next academic year, but for some modules it's not possible to take an August resit - check with your School to see what options are available then email exams@keele.ac.uk by 5th July with your choice.

If you'd rather accept a Diploma based on the credits you've passed, you can email the University to request this - details will be in your results email.

 

Can I appeal?

You may be able to appeal if you can meet one of the appeal grounds, but please note you cannot appeal against academic judgement.

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.