Grade Point Honours?

Sheffield is set to replace 200 year-old degree classifications with the “grade point” system.

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Sheffield is set to be one of the first unis in the UK to ditch the degree classification system.

Students will instead by marked based on the American “grade point” system.

Six Russell Group unis – including Sheffield – will participate in the first phase of the trial, being back by Universities Minister David Willetts.

Willett work?

Willett work?

Instead of work being marked as first, second or third class, it will be given a score between zero and 4.25.

At the end of their degree, students get their overall score to two decimal places to try and compare students more easily.

The Higher Education Academy – a charity that promotes university teaching – is devising the trial of the grade point average (GPA) system.

It said that the structure “could be implemented alongside, or ultimately replace, the current honours degree classification”.