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Understanding the grademarking scale


General points regarding grade marking

  • assessments will be awarded a grade (e.g. B2) rather than a number (e.g. 65)
  • exams and some assignments that have clear right or wrong answers are marked using numbers.
  • grades match with the Generic Grading Criteria that you use in your assessments. If you get a B2 in one assignment, you can use the grading criteria to show you what you need to improve on to get a B1 or an A4 in your next assignment.
  • results of your units will come back as a number, and your final degree award will be calculated from numbers.


FAQs


How do the grades for each element get combined to give a unit mark? - Each grade corresponds to a numerical equivalent. The numerical equivalent for each assessed element will be given its due weighting and combined to give an overall mark for the unit.

What if I get a mark which doesn’t exist on the grade marking scale? - You will get an overall unit mark which will be made up of the combined scores from each piece of assessment within a unit. This overall unit mark will be recorded as such.

Will marks for those assessments which require the full numerical scale e.g. in multiple choice tests where answers are either right or wrong, be converted to a grade, and then to its numerical equivalent? - No, these will be recorded as the true mark achieved.

How do marks from grade marking and the full numerical scale get combined? - The numbers from both scales (with due weighting for each element) are added together to produce an overall mark.


Southampton Solent Grade Marking Scale

Generic Grading Criteria Marking Band Grade Mark Numeric Equivalent
Exceptional in most / all aspects, substantially exceeding expectations for this level A1 100
A2 92
Excellent quality, exceeding expectations for this level in many aspects A3 83
A4 74
Meets all the intended learning outcomes and exceeds the threshold expectations
for this level in several of them
B1 68
B2 65
B3 62
Meets all the intended learning outcomes and exceeds the threshold expectations
for this level in some of them
C1 58
C2 55
C3 52
Meets all the intended learning outcomes, but rarely exceeding the threshold expectations for this level D1 48
D2 45
D3 42
Fails to meet all of the intended learning outcomes and is marginally inadequate for this level F1 35
Fails to meet all of the intended learning outcomes and is inadequate for this level F2 20
F3 15
Submitted S 1
Non-submission N 0

For the Generic Grading Descriptors broken down by level and skill see this document on Grade Criteria.

Where do I go for further information?

Ask your lecturers or the Student Hub.