How module marks are combined to give your final undergraduate result
Calculation of the final weighted average mark for credit framework degrees for students registered from academic session 2010/11 onwards. Students are normally required to make a valid attempt at modules which total 360 credits overall.
To graduate students must normally have successfully completed 360 credits, of which at least 90 credits must be passed in the final year. However where modules have been failed and all three permitted attempts have been used, a student may be awarded a maximum of 60 compensated credits. Information regarding the compensation of failed modules is in the Assessment Regulations.
The overall average mark ‘M’ for each candidate is the weighted average of the marks on 300 credits, comprising the 90 credits Level 4 (year one) and the best 210 credits at levels 5 and 6 (years two and three). If necessary, marks on one or more failed modules are included. Level 4 modules are given less weight than modules at the higher level.
The calculator will use the best 90 credit marks in the first year and the best 105 credit marks in each of years two and three, and weights those marks in the ratio of 1:3:5, to calculate the overall average mark of the student profile.
It is easier to calculate the average using 15 credit values where a student's profile contains a mixture of both 15 and 30 credit modules. 30 credit modules must be converted into 15 credits blocks by counting the mark twice, e.g. a mark of 60 becomes 60 + 60. So that once all modules in a level have been converted to 15 credits there are 8 marks, and the best 6 should be selected and added together for level four and the best 7 marks from level 5 and best 7 marks from level 6.
How to calculate your result
Step 1 - Take the marks obtained from the best 90 credits, convert to six blocks of 15 credit in year one; add them up; and commence a running total.
Step 2 - Take the marks obtained from the best 105 credits, convert to seven blocks of credit in year two; add them up; multiply the result by three; and add the result to the running total.
Step 3 - Take the marks obtained from the best 105 credits, convert to seven blocks of credit in year three; add them up; multiply the result by five; and add the results to the running total.
Step 4 - Divide the running total by 62 i.e (6x1)+(7x3)+(7x5)
Some programmes have modules which must be included in the calculation of the degree even if that module has not been passed. Your department will be able to tell you if your programme is one of these.
Example 1: a student studying at Goldsmiths for 3 years
To take an example of a student who gains the following marks in 360 credits (24 blocks of 15 credits):-
Marks obtained in year 1: 63, 65, 55, 57, 69, 67, 59, 61
Marks obtained in year 2: 56, 58, 64, 66, 62, 54, 52, 60
Marks obtained in year 3:62, 62, 66, 64, 60, 56, 60, 58
Applying the above formula, here is how we walk through the steps.
Take the marks obtained from the best 90 credits convert, to six blocks of 15 credits in year one; add them up; and commence a running total.
63+65+69+67+59+61 = 384
Running Total = 384
Take the marks obtained from the best 105 credits, convert to seven blocks of 15 credits in year two; add them up; multiply the result by three; and add the result to the running total.
56+58+64+66+62+54+60 = 420. 420x 3=1260
Running Total = 384+1260=1644
Take the marks obtained from the best 105 credits, convert to seven blocks of 15 credits in year three; add them up; multiply the result by five; and add the results to the running total.
62+62+66+64+60+60+58 = 432. 432x5=2160
Running Total = 1644+2160=3804
Divide the Running Total by 62 i.e (6x1)+(7x3)+(7x5)
3804/62 = 61% (to the nearest whole number)
The weighted average as calculated by the formula is therefore 61%
Example 2 - a student who joined Goldsmiths in their 2nd year
The student enters on to level two of an undergraduate degree. The results from their former University will not be included in the calculation of the degree from Goldsmiths.
In this scenario the calculator uses the best marks for 105 credits in the second year and the best 105 credits in the third year, and divides the accumulated total marks after weighting applied of 56.
For example, level 2 results would be selected as follows:
Level Two: 60+65+63+60+65+60+62 = 435 x 3(weighting) = 1305
Level Three: 60+65+63+60+65+60+62 = 435 x 5 (weighting)= 2175
Total: 3480 divided by 56 = 62% (to the nearest whole number)
The overall average of 62% relates to an upper second class degree