United Kingdom

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RECOMMENDATION

Expect Class I or Class II (division I) final degree placement.

GRADING SYSTEM:

Degrees are granted with honors in the following classifications:

Class I
Usual Percentage: 70-100

Class II (division I) - also called Second Class, upper division
Usual Percentage: 60-69

Class II (division II) - also called Second Class, lower division
Usual Percentage: 50-59

Class III
Usual Percentage: 40-49
[Sometimes Class III is 45 - 49 with 40 - 44 pass class]

If the student's achievement is insufficient for honors, a pass degree is awarded.

A Diploma Supplement is available for students after they receive the bachelor’s degree. The Diploma Supplement will usually show ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades and grades in the particular country’s grading scale.

ECTS grades:

A top 10% of the cohort

B next 25%

C next 30%

D next 25%

E next 10%

ECTS credits: A three year bachelor’s degree usually takes 180 credits to complete. US schools cut ECTS credits back by half.

DEGREE EQUIVALENCES

General Certificate of Education A levels required for admission to bachelor’s programs in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; US schools usually give 1 year of transfer credit towards a bachelor’s degree. Scotland has different admission requirements.

The 3 or 4 year bachelor’s are considered equivalent to the US bachelor’s, except 3 year general or ordinary degrees from Scotland (bachelor’s or master’s) are not considered equivalent to the US bachelor’s. The 4 year bachelor’s and master’s from Scotland are considered equivalent to the US bachelor’s degree. 

Bachelor of Dental Surgery – comparable to DDS in the US

Bachelor of Medicine -  comparable to MD degree in the US

Graduate Diploma in Music – comparable to US bachelor’s degree