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Classification of Awards and Discretionary Bands

Bachelor's Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

The award of a bachelor's degree, diploma (either undergraduate or postgraduate) or certificate (either undergraduate or postgraduate) is made at honours levels. To qualify for the award of a bachelor's degree or diploma or certificate, a candidate must:

a.      satisfy all the assessment and other requirements set for the programme of study

b.      achieve a minimum final cumulative QCA of 2.00, with full credits in all prescribed modules of the programme of study

c.      satisfy any programme specific regulations as specified for particular programmes


Awards will be at one of the following classifications:

Award Classification                                         Cumulative QCA

First class honours                                     3.40

Second class honours grade 1 (2.1)               3.00

Second class honours grade 2 (2.2)               2.60

Third class honours                                     2.00


Notwithstanding the provisions of 2.6.2 above, the Academic Council Examination Board may consider a candidate whose final cumulative QCA is not more than 0.10 less than the QCA required for a first class, 2.1 or 2.2 classification and who satisfies the other requirements for the proposed award.

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