Oxford Brookes University Grading System

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Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation of how well a student is performing based on their complete set of marks. GPA is understood internationally on the graduate job market and its introduction at Brookes, alongside Degree Classification, is intended to improve employment prospects.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme at Brookes allows students to demonstrate their achievement throughout their studies in a simple yet detailed way, that is recognised internationally, and which complements the existing degree classification system with which UK employers are familiar.

We are pleased to be the first UK institution to launch a true, internationally equivalent GPA, as a further symbol of the University’s ambition to be at the forefront of educational development and the provision of an excellent student experience.

We also participated alongside other institutions in the national pilot scheme that was run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The report from this pilot was launched on 28 May 2015, and the full text is available from the HEA website.

Grading schemes and Grade Point Average

Information on the Grading schemes and Grade Point Average (GPA) can be found in the University Regulations.

Further information about the GPA can also be found on the Grade Point Average web page and in About Your Grade Point Average: A brief guide for students (PDF).

Grade Point Average and honours classification

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 Specific Regulations for the programme concerned.

In contrast to a degree classification, e.g. 2:1, 2:2, the GPA score is a simple, 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. The GPA score is capped at 4.00.

Apart from the addition of the GPA score for new students starting undergraduate courses in 2013-14, there is no other major structural change to the curriculum. Mitigation, mediation, appeals, are as before, as are the Examination Committees.