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Honours degree classification system

Research was commissioned by the Assessment Enhancement Theme to investigate issues surrounding the honours degree classification system and to look at other methods of grading and classifying qualifications within the UK and abroad.

A total of 21 systems were investigated by interview and the results for each presented in terms of: method of assessment; nature of award; and, role of assessment.  It was found that with the exception of a few countries, the honours degree is very unusual.