Your University Questions, Answered.

Do I have to pass all my exams to get a degree? Olivia, Attleborough


Our Answer:

OK, so this one is not exactly a yes/no answer. For starters, it depends on which degree you’re doing as not all subjects have exams and assessment is based on coursework. Others have a combination of assessment methods. 

Also, it depends on what you mean when you say ‘get a degree’? For most undergraduate courses, a mark of 40% will count as a pass, whereas for others you’ll need to score more. You might also want to think about what grade, or classification you want to achieve, as this could affect what you go on to do in the future.  As a rule of thumb, you’ll need 70% or more to get a First Class degree (1st), 60-69% to get an Upper Second Class degree (2.1), 50-59% to get an Upper Second Class degree (2.2), and 40-49% for a Third Class degree (3rd).  

Your degree classification will also be made up of a combination of the results you get in your exams and coursework, weighted according to the module and subject you’re taking. And depending on which year of study you’re in will determine how much your assessment marks count towards your final degree classification.

So we can’t really give you a cut and dry answer for this one. If you want to have a look at more information on assessment, including exams and coursework have a look at the UEA Learning and Teaching pages

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