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i. The University adopts a
core Grading Scheme for all its taught provision except where a specific
exemption has been considered and agreed.
This section of the University Regulations sets out the core Grading Scheme. Variations to the core Grading Scheme may be
considered at the University Quality and Learning Infrastructure Committee (QLIC)
upon the recommendation of a Faculty AESC.
ii. The core Grading Scheme
includes both Final Grades and Provisional Grades. Except where explicitly stated otherwise in
these Regulations, Provisional Grades must be resolved to a Final Grade by no
later than the last meeting of an Examination Committee for a given take of a
iii. The final summative
judgement of a student’s performance in an attempt at a module is expressed
first as a percentage. Grades and Grade
Points where applicable, are derived automatically for each attempt at a module
according to the percentage.
i. Final Grades at level 6 or below for students outside the Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme (see Regulation A3.14.5.ii below).
ii. Final Grades at level 6 or below for students within the Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme (see Regulation A3.14.5.ii below).
iii. Final Grades at level 7 or above for students outside the Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme (see Regulation A3.14.5.ii below).
iv. Final Grades at level 7 or above for students within the Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme (see Regulation A3.14.5.ii below).
v. Final Grades at any level. Attempts at any module which result in one of the Final Grades listed in this table are excluded from the GPA calculation (see A3.14.5.v below).
0 – 100 or
0 – 39 or
i. All Provisional Grades may be used for modules at any level of study.
ii. The following are Provisional Grades that must be resolved to one of the final grades by the Examination Committee following the resit opportunity, i.e. by the final ExaminationCommittee within the take of a module.
iii. The following Provisional Grade must be resolved to one of the Final Grades by a date set by the Examination Committee at which the grade is awarded.
i. When a European transfer is agreed, the other institution should provide a transcript in which the study is specified as ECTS credits. These units are twice the size of the units used in the UK so that 7.5 ECTS credits correspond to one module credit at Brookes. If the results are reported as ECTS grades (A, B, C, D, E) then a mark should also be transferred as specified on form M8 Euro using Schedule 4 below. Institutional grades may only be transferred with marks if a complete schedule has been recommended by the relevant Faculty Academic Enhancement and Standards Committee.
ii. This column labelled “Incoming ECTS Grade Percentage Equivalence” shows the mark that will be awarded at Brookes when a student has been awarded a grade within the range specified at another institution.
i. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is the mean average of a student’s performance over a group of modules. This group of modules may vary, e.g. it may be all the modules taken by a student during their time at Brookes, all modules taken to date, or only those modules taken in a given academic year. The rules for deriving the GPA, however, remain the same in all cases. Unless otherwise qualified, the GPA refers to a student’s performance on all the modules taken as part of their programme according to the rules herein described.
ii. Students included within the GPA scheme (whether full- or part-time) are those on a programme leading to an award at Level 6 or below with a commencement date as follows:
All students who started Stage 1 before 1 September 2013 will continue under the grading scheme in force at the time they entered their programme and will be outside the GPA.
iii. The calculation of the degree classification is entirely independent of the calculation of the GPA. Rules concerning the classification of degrees are contained in the relevant Specific Regulations for the programme concerned.
iv. The GPA is a mean average with each module counting equally according to its credit value, i.e. 1 credit carries equal weighting irrespective of level, subject, when taken etc. This means that, for example, at level 4, 5, or 6 a single module (15 credits) counts once in the calculation of the GPA, a double module (30 credits) counts twice and so on.
v. Unless specifically exempted, all attempts at a module count in the classification of the GPA. Only attempts at a module which result in the award of one of the Final Grades listed in the table at A3.14.2.v above are specifically excluded from the GPA calculation.
vi. All repeated attempts at a module will count towards the GPA each time the module is attempted (unless exempted for one of the reasons specified in A3.14.5.v above). Failed attempts, for example, count as a zero in the GPA calculation; they are not excluded from the calculation.
vii. The GPA is calculated to two decimal places and although a simple mean average, the maximum GPA is capped at 4.00. Eligibility to receive an award is not dependent in any way upon a student’s GPA and a student may therefore graduate with any GPA up to and including 4.00.
viii. The GPA is printed on a student’s degree certificate along with their degree classification.
For further information about these regulations, please contact the Academic Registrar.
Approved: Academic Board, 11 July 2013