7.1 Award classification

An overview of the award classification schemes for the different types of awards is given in the table below:

Target award

Classification bands

Overall average mark

Foundation degrees

*Certificates of HE
*Diplomas of HE

*Postgraduate certificates
*Postgraduate diplomas

Pass
Merit
Distinction

up to 59%
60-69%
70% or above

Bachelor’s degrees (Honours)

First class
Upper second class (2:1)
Lower second class (2:2)
Third class

70% or above
60-69%
50-59%
40-49%

Integrated Master’s degrees (Honours)

First class
Upper second class (2:1)
Lower second class (2:2)
Third class

70% or above
60-69%
50-59%
40-49%

Master’s degrees

Pass
Merit
Distinction


up to 59%
60-69% and dissertation mark at least 58%
70% or above and dissertation mark at least 68%


*As exit awards, these are normally unclassified.

The average mark for each level of study is the average of the final marks for all modules passed at that level (including compensated passes), weighted by the credit value of each module. For undergraduate degrees, average marks are truncated, therefore an average of 59.6 will be recorded as 59%, while average marks are rounded on postgraduate taught degrees, and this mark would be rounded up to 60%.

‘Overall average’ mark

For Bachelor’s degrees (set out in 2.1.2), the overall average mark is calculated using the level 5 and level 6 average marks, weighted as follows:

  • Level 5 25%
  • Level 6 75%

For students entering a Bachelor’s degree programme at level 6 - including students entering with credit, or graduates from Foundation degrees - the overall average mark for classification purposes will be the level 6 average mark, which will be given 100% weighting. This also applies to students whose entire 120-credit level 5 programme was taken on exchange. The degree classification for students taking a half-year exchange during level 5 will be calculated as normal; however, the level 5 calculation will include only the 60 credits taken on the Oxford Brookes programme.

For Integrated Master’s degrees, the ‘overall average’ mark is calculated as follows:

Average mark

Weighting

Level 5 - 25%
Level 6 - 75%

(calculation as for Bachelor’s degree)

50%

Level 7 

50%


For Foundation degrees, an overall average of 40% across all modules is required to pass the qualification. The ‘overall average’ mark for the purposes of calculating the Merit or Distinction award classification means the average of the final marks for all level 5 modules passed, weighted by the credit value of each module.

For CertHE, DipHE, PGCert and PGDip awards intended as target qualifications (not exit awards), the ‘overall average’ mark means the average of the final marks for all modules passed (including compensated passes), weighted by the credit value of each module.  

For Bachelor's degrees which include an integral language component (see 6.10.1), any level 4 modules taken in place of level 5 or 6 modules will not be counted in the overall average calculation for degree classification purposes. 

Please note

If you entered level 5 or level 6 of a Bachelor’s degree course in September 2020 (or started your course before 2020-21), the ‘overall average’ mark is calculated differently - please refer to the UMP Regulations. 

If you are studying on a programme delivered at a partner organisation, please refer to the programme handbook for the rules that apply to you.