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Meaning of Overall Results

An explanation of Overall Results; Merit 1, Merit 2, Distinction, First Class/Second Class Honours, Exemptions Granted, Approved to Progress, Credit Deficit, Fail, Deferral, Withdrew.

Merit 1 (M1), Merit 2 (M2):

This means that you have been awarded a Higher Certificate (Level 6), or Ordinary Degree (Level 7) with Merit 1 or Merit 2, depending on your performance and may be conferred with this Award in due course.

Merit 1: A GPA (Grade Point Average) of between 60%  and 69.9% of the total available marks.

Merit 2: A GPA (Grade Point Average) of between 50%  and 59.9% of the total available marks.

Distinction:

This means that you have been awarded a Higher Certificate (Level 6), or Ordinary Degree (Level 7) with Distinction, and may be conferred with this Award in due course.

Distinction: A GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 70% of the total available marks.

First Class/Second Class Honours:

This means you have been awarded a Bachelor Degree (Level 8) or Masters (Level 9) at First Class or Second Class Honours and may be conferred with this degree in due course.

First Class Honours (H1): - Level 8 & Level 9

A GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 70% of the total available marks.

Second Class Honours (H2): - Level 9 only

A GPA (Grade Point Average) of between 60% and 69.9% of the total available marks

Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (21): - Level 8 only

A GPA (Grade Point Average) of between 60%  and 69.9% of the total available marks.

Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (22): - Level 8 only

A GPA (Grade Point Average) of between 50%  and 59.9% of the total available marks.

Incomplete (IN):

This result is only used if all subjects in an Academic Year have not yet been graded. This will mostly occur in the January examination session when the majority of students have completed only one semester.

Exemptions Granted:

This means that you have gained exemptions in the subjects indicated on the statement as Exemption and these subjects do not need to be retaken.   However, you are required to retake all other subject in order to complete this stage of your studies.

Approved to Progress:

You have obtained 55 credits and can carry on to the next stage in your programme but still need to pass the subject(s) you are carrying. 

Credit Deficit:

You have passed the current stage of your programme but are carrying credits from a previous stage. You cannot progress or graduate until you clear this deficit (ie pass the subject(s) you are carrying)

Fail:

This means that you have failed to achieve any exemptions and must retake all subjects you took at this examination sitting before you can complete this stage. Students with an overall result of Fail or Exempt must repeat those subjects which they have not passed.

Deferral:

This means that a final decision on your results cannot be taken until you have met the full course requirements, by presenting for those subjects indicated by Deferral . You should also present for any subjects indicated by Fail on your statement of results.

Withdrew:

This result indicates that you have formally withdrawn from the course. The results on your statement represent results achieved in examinations and continuous assessment completed in those subjects prior to your departure.