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Introduction to the Undergraduate Degree Classification Calculator

Instructions

You can use this calculator to get an idea of the overall class of degree you are entitled to.   You should refer to the Undergraduate Regulations when using this calculator.

If marks (%) are added to the text boxes and the Calculate button is pressed, the marks are sorted into descending order, and the class of degree will be calculated. The results produced are only as accurate as the data which has been added. It is important for users to select the correct credit values of the modules before adding the marks, and these can be found by following the link to the University’s Programme Specifications library.   

 http://www.kingston.ac.uk/programme-specifications/

To find module level information, search for your course’s Programme Specification (which are sorted alphabetically) and look in Section E (Programme Structure).  This should provide a breakdown of the credit value of the modules that you have studied. 

Students please note: the calculator should be used as a guide only.

What the calculator cannot do

It cannot calculate awards for:

* Some types of direct entry or top-up degrees, or

* Where credit has been granted through the use of RPL - the Recognition of Prior Learning

Note:   the calculator cannot compute classifications for the BSc (Hons) Social Work because of changes to the structure of the degree that cannot be supported by the current calculator.

The calculator also does not take account of or apply the Borderline Zone regulation. 

The University operates a borderline zone of 1% at all the classification boundaries (i.e. 49%, 59% or 69%).   If after applying the standard calculation to determine the classification for an award the average achieved is within 1% of the classification band and the student has achieved at least 60 credits worth of modules at level 6 (or level 7 for Integrated Masters), or modules taken as part of the final stage of a course, with module marks in the higher classification band then the assessment board will raise the classification to the next classification band.   So if a student has achieved an overall average mark of 69% and has two module marks at level six of 74% and 76% the classification awarded by the assessment board will be a First Class.

How the calculator works

The modules that you studied at level five and six will normally be worth 30 credits, with 4 modules undertaken across the year totalling 120 credits. 

In order for the calculator to predict your outcome correctly you must ensure that you have selected the correct module credit value from the drop down menu.  If you are unsure on what credit value a module you have studied was, you may find the link to your course’s Programme Specification helpful.  If you are still unsure, contact your Course Director, Personal Tutor or Faculty Student Office for further advice. 

For most courses, the calculator will determine the degree class from the best 105 credits at levels five and six.    Where there are 4 x 30 credit modules at a single level, the module with the lowest mark will be treated as a 15 credit module for the purposes of the calculation, and this is shown as 15/30 above the module mark.  This ensures that only the strongest module performances are used to calculate degree class.   More information on how your degree is calculated can be found in the Undergraduate Regulations

Some courses, with accreditation-related requirements, will use a calculation which is different to the standard method described above, and in these cases, the appropriate calculation is used.  Make sure you use the drop down menu to select the correct course. 

Don't panic!
If you place the mouse pointer over boxes, tabs and buttons, help messages will appear to assist you. If you make an error, you can reset the page using the Calculator/Reset Page tab at the top of the page, and start again.

Mean Mark Required for Final Stage of Degree
The calculator can estimate the minimum mean mark required in the final stage of the degree if data for the penultimate stage(s) are added. So for e.g. a Bachelors degree, just add all level 5 data and click the "Calculate" button. The mean level 5 mark is calculated, and the mean level 6 marks to achieve a 1st, 2:1 and 2:2 degree are shown. This is only available for normal bachelors (e.g. where 105/120 credits at levels 5 and 6 determine the degree class) and integrated masters degrees.

DISCLAIMER: The degree classification calculator is offered for guidance purposes only. The calculation provides an indication of the classification of an award and is not a guarantee of the classification that may eventually be awarded (if any) by the University. The University is not responsible for any reliance placed by you or any other party on use of the calculator and cannot be bound to any calculation created. It is important to note that the calculator can only process simple entries and there may be other factors relevant to individual students which may not be included in the calculations, for example some types of direct entry/ top up, or credit gained through accredited prior learning (RPL)