University Of Edinburgh Grading

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University Of Edinburgh Grading

This page sets out the schemes used by the University in the marking of assessments.

Common Marking Schemes

The University operates the following Common Marking Schemes:

  • CMS1: Undergraduate degree assessment (except BVM&S and MBChB)
  • CMS2: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S)
  • CMS3: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • CMS4: Postgraduate Assessment Mark
  • CMS5: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Programmes which use the Assessment Grade Scheme (ECA degree programmes which do not use the Assessment Grade Scheme use CMS1 and CMS4)

CMS 1: Undergraduate Degree Assessment (except BVM&S and MBChB)

HONOURSNON-HONOURS
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Honours ClassMark (%)GradeNon-Honours Description
1st90-100A1Excellent
1st80-89A2Excellent
1st70-79A3Excellent
2.160-69BVery Good
2.250-59CPerformance at a level showing the potential to achieve at least a lower second class honours degree
3rd40-49DPass, may not be sufficient for progression to an honours programme
Fail30-39EMarginal Fail
Fail20-29FClear Fail
Fail10-19GBad Fail
Fail0-9HBad Fail

Classification of results

Column 1 applies to all final honours assessment that is classified and is to be used for the overall classification of honours degrees. The notation in columns 1, 2 or 3 may be used for the classification of each paper or discretely identified unit of assessment employed by the Board of Examiners in determining the overall classification.

CMS2: Assessment for Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S)

Mark (%)GradeDescription
70-100AExcellent
60-69BVery Good
55–59CGood
50-54DSatisfactory
46-49EMarginal Fail
35-45FClear Fail
0-34GBad Fail

CMS2 applies to all assessments including all professional degree examinations in Veterinary Medicine. The marks, grades and descriptions in those columns apply both to the overall result and to individual units of assessment contributing to the overall result. Professional degrees may be awarded with distinction in Veterinary Medicine, but are not otherwise classified.

CMS3: Assessment for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Mark (%)GradeDescription
90-100AExcellent
80-89BVery Good
70-79CGood
60-69DPass
50-59EMarginal Fail (can be compensated where appropriate)
0-49FFail

This scheme applies to all examinations related to the MBChB. There is the potential for exemption for specific items of assessment. Professional degrees may be awarded with honours in Medicine, but are not otherwise classified.

CMS4:Postgraduate Assessment Mark

Mark (%)GradeDescription
90-100A1An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
80-89A2An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
70-79A3An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
60-69BA very good performance
50-59CA good performance, satisfactory for a masters degree
40-49DA satisfactory performance for the diploma and certificate, but inadequate for a masters degree
30-39EMarginal Fail
20-29FClear Fail
10-19GBad Fail
0-9HBad Fail

CMS 5: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Programmes which use the Assessment Grade Scheme

(ECA degree programmes which do not use the Assessment Grade Scheme use CMS1 and CMS4)

GradeTaxonomyAssessment DecisionHonours Class – Level 10Mark Translation (%)Grade Criteria
A1Extended AbstractPass1st95In addition to the attainment at A3, below, the student has made an original contribution to the discipline, by questioning or challenging prevailing paradigms.
A2Extended AbstractPass1st85In addition to the attainment at A3, below, the student has made a significant contribution to the discipline within the limits of established paradigms.
A3Extended AbstractPass1st75The student has theorised, generalised and hypothesised in the context of their discipline and its relationship with other disciplines in ways appropriate to the problem, situation or theme of enquiry. Connections have been made both within and beyond the brief. Learning can be applied to unfamiliar situations or problems and may extend current theory. It is questioning, speculative and reflective.
BRelationalPass2.165The student has analysed, evaluated and /or applied a range of concepts and theories to familiar, and a few unfamiliar situations, problems or themes of enquiry. Resolutions and conclusions are mainly complex, and result from understanding in depth. Learning demonstrates a fully integrated and /or contextualised knowledge structure.
CMulti-structuralPass2.255The student has demonstrated an ability to visualise, describe and /or combine established concepts and theories. Learning makes several varying relationships and connections. A few resolutions and conclusions may be complex and original, and result from understanding in depth. However, learning does not demonstrate a fully integrated and /or contextualised knowledge structure.
DUni-structuralPass3rd45The student has demonstrated that the intended learning outcomes have been acquired at a threshold level. However, only a few simple relationships and connections have been made. A deeper theoretical understanding or contextual awareness does not support learning. Unless otherwise specified, this grade is satisfactory performance for the diploma and certificate, but inadequate for a masters degree.
EMarginal FailFail – RetrievalFail35The student has acquired some disconnected fragments of learning, which make little structural sense. In this state, they do not overall address the problem, situation or theme of enquiry. They therefore do not demonstrate that the intended learning outcomes have been acquired.
FClear FailFail – Conditional Re-sitFail25The student has not addressed the problem, situation or theme of enquiry and therefore, has not acquired the intended learning outcomes.

Approved by CSPC on 7 June 2011 For use from academic year 2011/12