University of Brighton Grade Boundaries

University of Brighton Grade Boundaries

Undergraduate marking/grading scale

The university has adopted a common marking/grading scale for the assessment of students’ work on its undergraduate awards1. The work submitted for assessment by students on undergraduate degree courses of the university is marked against this scale.

The University undergraduate marking/grading scale is applicable to all assessments, including examinations, across levels 4-6 of an undergraduate award.

Grade Mark Grade Descriptor Award classification
Letter Band %
Honours Foundation
degree2 degree
A+ 80-1003 Outstanding
A A 75-79 Excellent First 1 Distinction
A- 70-74
B+ 67-69 Good to very good
B B 64-66 Upper Merit
B- 60-63 PASS
C+ 57-59 Sound, competent
C C 54-56 Lower
C- 50-53
D+ 47-49 Adequate, but weak Pass
D D 44-46 Third
D- 40-43
E+ 37-39 Unsatisfactory
E E 34-36
E- 30-33 FAIL
F+ 20-29 Unsatisfactory Fail Fail
F F 10-19
F- 0-9
NS Non -submission/attendance


The undergraduate scale4 consists of 6 grades: o A, B, C, D are ‘pass’ grades

o E, F are ‘fail’ grades (re-assessment and compensation where appropriate are at the discretion of the Course Examination Board and within GEAR). F (0%) should be used when no real attempt has been made but where a submission has been recorded.

The award classifications apply only to the final award and are determined by the university algorithm for the award. When used at module level they are indicative of performance only.

  • This scale is not applicable to the BM BS degree as this is a joint award of the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Other exceptions for PSRB requirements should be approved at validation and articulated in the programme specification and student course handbook.
  • Also includes Integrated Masters awards.
  • An A* may also be used to denote exceptional work with a mark of ≥90%.
  • Can also apply to Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate awards.

Assessment and grading criteria

A university-wide marking criteria has been developed for staff to assess students’ work. During the academic year 2012-13, Schools will be considering how to implement the criteria on courses; full use of the criteria across the University will be from the beginning of the academic year 2013-14.

Hopefully this criteria will help you to assess the quality of your own work. It provides a description of the characteristics associated with work that are awarded different grades. Before you start an assessment you could see what would be required to gain particular grades. Also, once you have received your mark, you could use the criteria to understand how you could improve your work next time. Follow the links below:

Undergraduate marking criteria (pdf)

Postgraduate marking criteria (pdf)