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University of Derby Grading, Undergraduate marking scale

This scale applies to Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the University Credit Framework. The descriptors are typical characteristics of the standard of work associated with each range of marks. The descriptors are illustrative and for guidance only. They are not comprehensive. A mark of 40% is regarded as a minimum pass. See Section B3.2 for level descriptors.

% mark   Mark Descriptors


s Clas


  70-100%   Excellent        
      Outstanding; high to very high standard; a high level of critical analysis and First
      evaluation, incisive original thinking; commendable originality; exceptionally well
      researched; high quality presentation; exceptional clarity of ideas; excellent
      coherence and logic. Trivial or very minor errors. For the highest marks (90 –
      100%): an exceptional standard of work illustrating thorough and in-depth      
      understanding, communicated with exceptional authority.      
  60-69%   Very good   SecondDiv1
      A very good standard; a very good level of critical analysis and evaluation; significant
      originality; well researched; a very good standard of presentation; commendable
      clarity of ideas; thoughtful and effective presentation; very good sense of coherence
      and logic; minor errors only.
  50-59%   Good   SecondDiv2
    A good standard; a fairly good level of critical analysis and evaluation; some
      evidence of original thinking or originality; quite well researched; a good standard of
      presentation; ideas generally clear and coherent, some evidence of
      misunderstandings; some deficiencies in presentation.
  40-49%   Satisfactory        
    A sound standard of work; a fair level of critical analysis and evaluation; little Third
      evidence of original thinking or originality; adequately researched; a sound standard
      of presentation; ideas fairly clear and coherent, some significant misunderstandings
      and errors; some weakness in style or presentation but satisfactory overall.      
  35-39%   Unsatisfactory     MarginalFail  
      Overall marginally unsatisfactory; some sound aspects but some of the following    
      weaknesses are evident; inadequate critical analysis and evaluation; little evidence of    
      originality; not well researched; standard of presentation unacceptable; ideas unclear    
      and incoherent; some significant errors and misunderstandings. Marginal fail.    
  21-34%   Poor        
      Below the pass standard; a poor critical analysis and evaluation; virtually no      
      evidence of originality; poorly researched; presentation unacceptable and not up      
      to  graduate  standard;  ideas  confused  and  incoherent,  some  serious      
      misunderstandings and errors. A clear fail, short of pass standard.      
  1-20%   Very poor        
      Well below the pass standard, with many serious errors. Standard of presentation      
      totally unacceptable, incoherent and may be severely under- length. No evidence      
      of evaluation or application. A very clear fail, well short of the pass standard.      
  NS   Non-submission  
      No work has been submitted.      
  Z   Academic offence notation      
      Applies to proven instances of academic offence.      



*programme leader = Programme Leader, Academic Lead or Workforce Development Fellow

Part F  Assessment Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes

3Rs for Students on Taught Programmes September 2014

IMPORTANT: An assignment may show the characteristics of two or more marks. The examiner should give careful consideration to the relative importance of the applicable descriptors as indicated by the assessment criteria in deciding the overall standard of the work and the appropriate mark to be awarded.

F3.3 Assessment component marks

  • The Undergraduate marking scale applies to individual assessment components undertaken by students of modules at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 in undergraduate programmes. The examiner identifies the mark descriptor which most closely reflects the quality of the work and awards and records the mark.
  • If the module involves two or more assessment components, a mathematical weighting is applied to reflect the relative importance of each component. These weightings will be used to compute the overall mark for the module.
  • Overall module marks will be rounded to the nearest whole percentage point. Calculations of level averages will be to 2 decimal places.
  • In the case of Honours degree, Integrated Master’s degree, Foundation degree & HND/C programmes, classifications are applied to the final award (F14), and are indicative only at module level.

The relative weightings are applied to the marks achieved in each component of assessment in order to calculate the overall module mark.

To pass a module, and therefore be awarded credit, the average of the marks for the assessment components must be at least 40% and at least a mark of 35% must be achieved in each assessment component (see Section F3.2 for available marks). Where this has not been achieved, credits are not awarded and the referral regulations apply (see Section F7.2).

For some Professional Practice modules, where there is an external requirement to fully satisfy the entire set of learning outcomes, the minimum standard of performance is set at 40% for each component. Professional Practice modules must be designated as such at the time of validation.

At level 6 only those modules marked 40% or above can be used to satisfy the minimum credit requirements at level 6 (Section B4.4).

Students are entitled to feedback on assignments and this may be verbal, or in written or electronic form. Feedback on examinations is available on request from the marking tutor.

F4 Passing Modules

F4.1 If a student passes a module, by achieving an average mark of at least 40%, the credit is awarded by the Assessment Board. It is not possible to retake a module that has been passed, unless there is allowance made by an external body associated with the programme, explicitly stated in the programme specification.