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Degree Classification

Introduction

For single honours BA and BSc Geography (including Environmental Geography) students, your final degree result is calculated according to a set of rules, known as the Scheme of Awards, which is prescribed by the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. In addition, there are a number of ‘local rules’ that are specific to single honours Geography degrees.

The Scheme of Awards sets out the number of units that you need to take and pass in order to be awarded a degree, along with the weighting of units from each year and the general procedures by which borderline cases (i.e. students whose overall mark falls less than 1% below a class boundary) are considered.

The local rules dictate which courses count towards your degree and state specifically how borderline cases are dealt with.​

SHS Scheme of Award

FACULTY OF SOCIAL & HISTORICAL SCIENCES, UCL

SCHEMES OF AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE COURSE-UNIT DEGREES

SCHEME A.  THREE-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMMES

(BA and BSc degrees in Geography; BSc degree in Environmental Geography)

1. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

     

    Students registered for the degree are required to undertake a programme of study comprising courses to the value of 4.0 course units in each year; the courses taken will be subject to local departmental rules and guidelines, as appropriate.

    • In order to proceed to the second year of the programme, all students must have passed a minimum of 3.0 course units.
    • In order to proceed to the third and final year of the programme, all students must have passed a minimum of 7.0 course units.
    • In each year, students must have passed any courses deemed compulsory for progression, subject to local rules.

    The pass mark for each course unit is 40%.

    2. AWARD OF DEGREE

       

      To be awarded an honours degree, a student must have completed courses to the value of 12.0 course units, and satisfied the examiners in courses to a minimum value of 11.0 course units, fulfilling all attendance and coursework requirements, submitting all written work prescribed for assessment purposes and taking all parts of any examination in those courses.

      To be awarded a degree with honours in the field of study for which the student is registered, the student must have taken and passed any course units deemed compulsory for such an award, according to local rules.

      Students who fail to satisfy the examiners in 11.0 or more course units, but who have nevertheless completed at least 11.0 course units and passed a minimum of 10.0 course units, including at least two at advanced level and two in their final year, together with any deemed compulsory according to local rules, may be awarded an Ordinary Degree in their registered field of study.  Students who are eligible for the award of an Ordinary Degree under these requirements, but who have not satisfied the examiners in one or more courses deemed compulsory, will be awarded an Ordinary Degree in a different field of study, to be determined by the Board of Examiners.

      3. CLASSIFICATION OF HONOURS

         

        The class of honours degree shall be determined by the relevant Board of Examiners on the basis of the results obtained in 9.0 course units, to be selected as follows:

        a)    EITHER the result from the best 1.0 course unit from Year 1, subject to local rules OR the result from a 1.0 course nominated in advance (or alternatively the two best 0.5 course units or two 0.5 course units nominated in advance);

        b)    The 4.0 course units taken in Year 2, subject to local rules;

        c)    The 4.0 course units taken in Year 3.

        Classification will be based in the first instance on a consideration of the median of the marks from the 9.0 units of assessment. The units are to be weighted 1 (Year 1): 3 (Year 2): 5  (Year 3).

        Marks for retaken or substitute course units will be included in the calculation for the mark of the year in which that course unit was first attempted, rather than in the year it was actually taken, if that is different.

        4. CONSIDERATION OF BORDERLINES

           

          Candidates whose median mark falls within 1% of a class boundary may be considered for raising to the higher class. Such consideration will be at the discretion of the Board of Examiners and will take account of one or more of the following:

          (i)             the mean of class marks across the units selected;

          (ii)           the distribution and preponderance of class marks across the units selected;

          (iii)          the results achieved in the final year of study.

          Reports of academic performance may be taken into account and a viva voce may be conducted

          Reference may be made to medical gradings agreed in an appropriate pre-meeting of a special committee in cases where there are good reasons for supposing a candidate’s performance may have been adversely affected by illness, bereavement or similar circumstances. The committee’s decisions will be based on available medical certificates and related documentation. Full details of any such circumstances MUST be submitted by candidates well IN ADVANCE of the final Board of Examiners Meeting in order for them to be considered.

          5.     APPLICATION OF CLASSIFICATION SCHEME

          In exceptional cases, the Board of Examiners may exercise discretion in the application of this Faculty Scheme. The general Regulations of the College and of the University are assumed to apply in conjunction with the above Scheme, as are the local rules and guidelines produced by the relevant Department(s).

          Geography Local Rules

          Classification of Honours

          The class of honours degree shall be determined by the Board of Examiners on the basis of the results obtained in 9.0 course units, to be selected as follows:

          • Two 0.5 course units taken in Year 1;
          • The 4.0 course unit equivalents taken in Year 2;
          • The 4.0 course unit equivalents taken in Year 3.
          • The two 0.5 course units to be taken in Year 1 are:

          GEOG 1006 Ideas in Geography and GEOG 1008 Writing and Analysis in Geography

          Consideration of Borderlines

          Candidates falling within 1% of a class boundary may be considered for raising to the higher class. Such consideration will be at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, and may take account of one or more of the following:

          • the mean of class marks across the units selected;
          • the distribution and preponderance of class marks across the units completed;
          • the results achieved in the final year of study

          Mean mark

          Candidates may be awarded the higher class, where the median mark of the course unit equivalents completed falls within 1% of a class boundary, and the mean mark lies within the range for the higher class.

          Distribution of marks

          Candidates falling with the 1% marginal band may be awarded the higher class, Class X, where, of 16 Second and Third Year ½ units and the 2 nominated First Year half units,

          (i)    10 are of Class X or better

          (ii)     9 are of Class X or better and supported by Classes not inferior to 6 at (X-l) and 3 at (X-2).

          One ½ unit at (X + 1) compensates for one ½ unit at (X - 1) or

          One ½ unit at (X + 1) raises one ½ unit at (X - 2) to (X - 1).

          One ½ unit at (X + 2) compensates for one ½ unit at (X - 2) or

          One ½ unit at (X + 2) raises one ½ unit at (X - 3) to (X - 1).

          For these purposes, marks of 80 and over count as First Class + 1. Fail marks are not compensated for.

          Final year of study

          Candidates falling within the 1% marginal band may be awarded the higher class, where the mean mark of the course unit equivalents completed within the final year of study lies within the range for the higher class.

          In exceptional cases, the Board may exercise discretion in the application of these guidelines.

          Weighting of your degree

          In determining your final degree result, your performance in Years 1, 2, and 3 is weighted in the ratio 1:3:5 for single Honours and Joint Degree students on a three year programme, students on the International degree programme have a weighting of 1:3:0:5.

          For single honours students, including those on the International degree programme, marks for GEOG1006 and GEOG1008 will count towards the final degree result. For Economics and Geography degree students, the following first year course units will count towards the final degree result, ECON1001 and GEOG1007. For students taking the four year International programme you must achieve an average of 60% or above in seven of your eight first year modules in order to continue into year two of the degree, failure to achieve this could result in you having to transfer to the three year degree programme without a year abroad.