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Undergraduate degree classification convention (for new students from 2001-07)

These conventions apply to undergraduate students who joined Warwick from autumn 2001 onwards, up to and including autumn 2007.

Part-time students who joined in or before autumn 2007 and who finish their courses in summer 2011 or earlier will be considered under these rules. Part-time students who joined in or before autumn 2007 and who finish their courses in summer 2012 or later will be considered under the rules for students who joined Warwick in autumn 2008 and later.

Mark scale

All undergraduate modules are marked using one overall system, which runs from 0-100. Marks fall into different classes of performance:

70-100 First Class
60-69 Second Class, Upper Division (also referred to as "Upper Second" or "2.1")
50-59 Second Class, Lower Division (also referred to as "Lower Second" or "2.2")
40-49 Third Class
0-39 Fail

The department or lecturer running any particular module will be able to tell you what specific marking criteria apply in the department or on the module.

Degree classification conventions

Undergraduate students in Arts and Social Studies (excluding the BA leading to Qualified Teacher Status) who first registered from October 2001 onwards up to and including autumn 2007 are assessed in accordance with one of two sets of harmonised degree classification conventions, one for Science courses, the other for Arts and Social Studies courses. The BA (QTS) degree has its own conventions reflecting its distinctive course structure.

Undergraduate students in Arts and Social Studies registered prior to October 2001 will be assessed in accordance with the existing examination board conventions in place. Students registered prior to October 2001 will be assessed only by the relevant existing examination board conventions for their degree and Boards of Examiners will not consider any appeals against degree classifications obtained by such students on the basis of the new harmonised examination board conventions. Any exceptions to this are noted in the Annex section of the new harmonised examination board conventions.

The conventions are available from the right-hand menu. This version includes two clarifications agreed by the Senate at its meeting on 1st December 2004:
- the addition to paragraph 2 of the following sentence: "The average mark for the whole profile is calculated on the basis of all eight marks."
- the addition of "the class" in the phrase "a mark lower than the class required" in the first sentence of paragraph 4 (this clarification subsequently reinforced by the addition of "in a class" to two phrases in paragraph 4 on the suggestion of the Lord Chancellor's Office).

Previous versions of the harmonised conventions which are now out-of-date are available from the Teaching Quality team for reference only:
Harmonised UG Exam Board conventions - superseded December 2004
Harmonised UG Exam Board conventions - superseded January 2006

(PDF Document) Harmonised undergraduate examination board conventions
Students in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Social Studies registered after October 2001 as amended, January 2006

Rules for students who joined Warwick in autumn 2008 and later