August 1 2011

Durham University Degree Classifications

Especially for Durham freshers, the Durham University degree classification system can be baffling, which is why Durham Uni Students has created this guide to degree classifications.

Degree classifications are split in to three tiers:

1 – First class degree classification

A first class degree is the highest you can be awarded at university; to earn it, you must earn 70% or more overall, throughout the course of your degree at Durham.

2:1 – Upper second class degree classification

Upper second class degrees are the classification below firsts, and are (usually) awarded to those students who score in the range of 60 – 70 % in their degree overall.

2:2 – Lower second class degree classification

A lower second class degree classification is rated below that of a first and an upper second, and usually indicates an overall grade of 50 – 60#37;.

Third class degree classification

A third class degree classification means an overall grade of 40 – 50%, and is the lowest classification awarded.

Anything below that…

Anything below 40% means a ‘fail’, although there may be room to resit your exams or coursework if you fail something: see Durham Uni Students’s guide to exams at Durham University.

Degrees: hons and ordinary

There are usually two tiers of degree available on courses at Durham University: honours degrees and ordinary degress.

Honours degrees at Durham University

Honours degrees are what most students at Durham undertake, and, if passed, allow the graduates to bear ‘(Hons)’ after their name.

Durham University: Ordinary degrees

Ordinary degrees do not receive a classification other than ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, and are viewed slightly less favourably than honours degrees.

BA and BSc: Science and Arts

BA denotes a ‘bachelor of the arts’, and BSc denotes a ‘bachelor of science’; there is some rivalry between the ‘arts’ and ‘science’ students at Durham, too.

Elsewhere on Durham Uni Students…

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