Grade Descriptors

Assignment Grade Descriptors

All assignments are marked and returned to students with a mark out of one hundred. Your marks for different assignments are added together to form your final mark.

Essay/papers grading criteria


 
HD 85-100% Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating an excellent standard of written English and of criticism, logical argument, interpretation of materials or use of methodology. Evidence of extensive research and use of primary sources, a thoughtful structure, substantial additional work and independent learning. This grade may be given to recognise particular originality or creativity.
D 75-84% Work of superior quality, demonstrating a command of language, sound grasp of content, efficient organisation and selectivity. Evidence of relevant research, additional work and independent learning.
C

65-74% A sound performance, competent and appropriate. Work that is well written and demonstrates good research skills. Demonstrates a clear grasp of the basic skills and knowledge. Work of good quality, showing more than satisfactory achievement.

P

50-64% A satisfactory attempt to meet the demands of the assignment. Demonstrates understanding and command of basic skills and core knowledge. The assignment may have significant weaknesses, or may not be wholly successful or coherent, but shows at least satisfactory achievement in more important aspects.

Production Grading Criteria

The grading criteria for production units of study (production in print/online/audio or video) may vary slightly between units but the broad descriptors are as follows:

   
HD 85-100% A grade at this level indicates work of outstanding overall quality. It will consist of an original and ambitious project which has achieved its goals with a very good to high level of technical competence (in relation to the experience of the student). It will have been well researched and planned and exhibit a highly developed critical awareness of the medium and of issues such as audience and representation. It will be informed both by the strength of its original idea(s) and an appropriate and distinctive structure. It will be work that the Department would normally regard as appropriate to exhibit, publish or broadcast to the University or wider communities.
D 75-84% A grade at this level indicates work that overall achieves a very high standard. The work will have achieved most of its goals and will demonstrate a significant degree of originality and ambition, with a good level of technical competence in relation to the experience of the student. It will be based on an original idea and be well-structured. It will show significant evidence of research/planning and demonstrate a critical awareness of the medium and of issues such as audience and representation. It will be work that the Department would normally regard as appropriate to exhibit or publish within the School or University.
C 65-74% A grade at this level indicates work that overall achieves a higher than satisfactory standard. The work will have achieved its principle goal(s) and will demonstrate degrees of originality and ambition. Technically it will be competent in quality with a recognisable and successful overall structure. It will be based on a degree of research and planning and exhibit some critical awareness of the medium and of issues such as audience and representation. It will be work that the Department would normally regard as appropriate to internal Department exhibition or publication.
P 50-64% A grade at this level indicates work of an overall satisfactory standard but with some significant positive features. It will demonstrate some originality or ambition and a limited critical awareness of the medium and of issues such as audience and representation. Its goals will have been only partially realised although some reasonable attempt will have been made to achieve them. The level of technical competence will range from adequate to poor with significant structural weaknesses. Its weak structure will show evidence of inadequate research/planning. It will be work the Department would not normally regard as appropriate for exhibition or publication.
F 49% A grade at this level indicates work of overall unsatisfactory to poor quality with no originality or ambition. Its technical standard, content and structure will be weak. There will be no evidence of original research or of a critical awareness of the medium and the Department would not normally consider it suitable for any exhibition or publication.

The following is the list of symbols and their explanations for the final grades you will receive for each unit of study.

   
HD High Distinction (85+)
D Distinction (75-84)
C Credit (65-74)
P Pass (50-64)
F Fail (Work submitted but mark is below 50)
AF Absent Fail (Insufficient attendance and/or work submitted)
INC Incomplete (Data is being processed)
DNF Discontinue Not Fail Discontinue Fail
DF Discontinue Fail
UCN Unit Continuing