How is my undergraduate honours degree calculated?

The Undergraduate Award Classification Tool is designed to help you understand what classification you might be able to achieve. 

An accurate outcome may not be calculated for courses that have exemptions to the Standard Assessment Regulations.

Please read the guidance notes which explain the different methods to calculate your final average mark and how to use the tool.

You can access your results transcript on My Student Record. Please be aware that any marks shown on My Student Record may be provisional and subject to change due to moderation. If you have any queries about how your degree is calculated please contact your Faculty Student Services team - contact details via your faculty channel on the My SHU tab.

Please note

  • This tool is for indicative purposes only and does not predict the award that you will achieve. It does not guarantee that you will be awarded the classification calculated. While this tool has been tested, we cannot take responsibility for any inaccuracies in calculations.
  • Any marks shown on My Student Record may be provisional and subject to change due to moderation
  • The tool has been designed for courses that are made up of 120 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6, where all modules are given a mark and a grade
  • Your course may have exemptions that mean that this tool may not calculate an accurate outcome
  • Please refer to your course handbook for details of exemptions that are in place for your course.

How your award is calculated

At Sheffield Hallam University we normally use two different methods to calculate your final average mark. The highest average mark from these two calculations is used to determine your award classification.

  • Method 1 uses the best 100 marked credits that you have achieved at level 5 and 6. It calculates your final average mark by using 25% of the overall weighted average of level 5, and 75% of the overall weighted average of level 6
  • Method 2 uses the best 100 marked credits that you have achieved at level 6. It calculates your final average mark by using the overall weighted average of level 6

If you have not got at least 100 credits that are marked by a percentage mark, the following 2 methods will be used in place of methods 1 and 2 above. The method which results in the best classification and overall average will be automatically selected:

  • Alternative method 1 uses all marked credits that you have achieved at level 5 and 6. It calculates your final average mark by using 25% of the overall weighted average of level 5, and 75% of the overall weighted average of level 6
  • Alternative method 2 uses all marked credits that you have achieved at level 6. It calculates your final average mark by using the overall weighted average of level 6.

If your final average mark falls between classification boundaries, borderline rules will be used. If more than 60 credits at Level 6 fall into the next classification range, your award classification will be upgraded. This information is displayed in red at the side of the classification calculation for each method. For full information and example calculations please refer to regulation 12.10 of the Standard Assessment Regulations.

Instructions for use

  • The credit weighting of each module that you have passed should be entered into the 'Module Credits' field and the mark that you have achieved for each module should be entered into the 'Module Mark' field. Modules that have been failed should not be entered. If you are unsure please check your results transcript on My Student Record
  • You must enter 120 credits for level 5 and 6 for the calculator to work correctly.
    • Step 1 - Identify the module mark(s) for your lowest 20 credits at each level and enter the marks and credits into the blue boxes. If your lowest module mark is in a module that is larger than 20 credits, enter 20 credits and the module mark in the blue box, then enter the remaining credits and the module mark in the orange boxes. See worked example 2 on the 'Examples' tab.
    • Step 2 - Enter the marks and credits for your highest 100 credits into the orange boxes.
    • Step 3 - If you have modules that you haven't completed but you think that you will pass, enter the credit weighting of the module and the mark that you think that you can achieve to calculate an estimated degree classification.
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