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Reforming the UK's degree classification system: take part in the consultation

Date: December 19 - 2018

The Office for Students has today published analysis into changes to degree classifications in English higher education providers. Its analysis suggests that the increase in the proportion of first and upper second class degrees may not be fully explained by improvement factors.

QAA has worked with Universities UK and GuildHE, on researching the factors behind the increase in 'good' degrees. Our research addressed grade classifications across the UK and was delivered on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA).

It found that there is a wide range of factors contributing to an increase in ‘good’ degrees, and that a continued increase in the number of top degrees may undermine confidence in the value of a UK degree, and may mean that employers and students ultimately find a UK degree less useful.

We are currently consulting on a range of recommendations for reform arising from the research, on behalf of the UKSCQA, and invite anyone with expertise or an interest in the UK's degree classification system to share their views by responding to the survey.

The consultation closes on 8 February 2019. You can also sign up to join one of our consultation events, taking place across the UK in January 2019.