Coming to university can be daunting, the grading system can be tricky to get your head around at first. But it’s not that difficult, once you know what it all means. You’ll still be scored out of one hundred for any assignments or essays that you submit during your studies. The grades are all classified from a First, down to a Third. 

We’ll look at what they mean and what percentage you need to score to achieve each grade. Read on to find out more and clear up any confusion you may have around the undergraduate grading system.




A First grade is usually anything that has scored 70% or above. This is generally the highest level of award, as well as the hardest one to achieve, that you can get at an undergraduate level.




A 2:1 grade is usually anything that has scored 60-69%. Again, this is what most students aim for, and is one of the most common grades to get. A 2:1 is the upper-middle grade on the scale.




A 2:2 grade is anything that scores 50-59%. This is the next grade down from a 2:1, and is still considered a decent grade to achieve. Many students worry about coming out with a 2:2 degree overall, but there is plenty you can do with a 2:2 degree.




A third grad us anything that scores 40-49% A third is the lowest class of degree that you can get and pass with.




A fail grade is anything under 40%. You will not get a classification under 40%. You may have to resit any assignments or exams that you have failed, in order to pass your degree or year.


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