First-class honours for a quarter of UK graduates

A couple of in 4 UK college students graduated from college with a first-class diploma final 12 months, information reveals.

The official figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency present that the share of graduates with the best attainable outcome rose 44% in 5 years.

The statistics could spark recent debate on whether or not levels are getting simpler and if the traditional classification system remains to be match for goal.

In 2012-13, the primary 12 months of upper charges, 18% bought a primary.

General, 26% of graduates who accomplished their first undergraduate diploma within the 2016-17 educational 12 months achieved a primary.

The info, revealed by HESA, additionally reveals a hike within the proportion gaining an higher second (2:1) or above, with three in 4 (75%) making the grade.

This was up from simply over two-thirds (68%) in 2012-13.

The figures present ladies had been extra prone to graduate with a primary or higher second than males (77% in contrast with 72%).

Those that studied full time had been additionally extra prone to receive considered one of these outcomes, at 76%, in contrast with 54% of part-time college students.

There have been additionally regional variations, with 75% of scholars at English universities gaining a primary or 2:1, 78% in Scotland, 71% in Wales and 76% in Northern Eire.

College of Buckingham professor of schooling Alan Smithers stated in contrast to with nationwide exams reminiscent of GCSEs and A-levels, universities had been “free to award as many firsts as they like” and had “each incentive to take action”.

Printed at Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:37:27 +0000