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)

HONOURS NON-HONOURS
1 2 3 4
Honours Class Mark (%) Grade Non-Honours Description
1st 90-100 A1 Excellent
1st 80-89 A2 Excellent
1st 70-79 A3 Excellent
2.1 60-69 B Very Good
2.2 50-59 C Performance at a level showing the potential to achieve at least a lower second class honours degree
3rd 40-49 D Pass, may not be sufficient for progression to an honours programme
Fail 30-39 E Marginal Fail
Fail 20-29 F Clear Fail
Fail 10-19 G Bad Fail
Fail 0-9 H Bad 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 (%) Grade Description
70-100 A Excellent
60-69 B Very Good
55–59 C Good
50-54 D Satisfactory
46-49 E Marginal Fail
35-45 F Clear Fail
0-34 G Bad 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 (%) Grade Description
90-100 A Excellent
80-89 B Very Good
70-79 C Good
60-69 D Pass
50-59 E Marginal Fail (can be compensated where appropriate)
0-49 F Fail

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 (%) Grade Description
90-100 A1 An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
80-89 A2 An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
70-79 A3 An excellent performance, satisfactory for a distinction
60-69 B A very good performance
50-59 C A good performance, satisfactory for a masters degree
40-49 D A satisfactory performance for the diploma and certificate, but inadequate for a masters degree
30-39 E Marginal Fail
20-29 F Clear Fail
10-19 G Bad Fail
0-9 H Bad 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)

Grade Taxonomy Assessment Decision Honours Class – Level 10 Mark Translation (%) Grade Criteria
A1 Extended Abstract Pass 1st 95 In addition to the attainment at A3, below, the student has made an original contribution to the discipline, by questioning or challenging prevailing paradigms.
A2 Extended Abstract Pass 1st 85 In addition to the attainment at A3, below, the student has made a significant contribution to the discipline within the limits of established paradigms.
A3 Extended Abstract Pass 1st 75 The 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.
B Relational Pass 2.1 65 The 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.
C Multi-structural Pass 2.2 55 The 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.
D Uni-structural Pass 3rd 45 The 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.
E Marginal Fail Fail – Retrieval Fail 35 The 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.
F Clear Fail Fail – Conditional Re-sit Fail 25 The 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