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Guide to grades

At the end of semester, you will receive a result for each of your units of study. Find out when results are released and what your grades mean.

Semester results

Your Semester results will be available in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’ to view your results notice.

Once your results are available in Sydney Student, they will also appear on your academic transcript.

Results publication

Event or deadline Date

Weighted average mark

A weighted average mark (WAM) is the average mark you’ve achieved across your award course. Your WAM does not appear on your results notice or academic transcript but may be used for other purposes like awarding prizes or applying for honours.

Find out how your WAM is calculated.

What the results mean

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

Each faculty or school and unit of study has specific criteria for meeting the learning outcomes of each unit. These can generally be found in your unit of study outline, or contact your unit of study coordinator for further details.

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result code

Result name

Mark range

Description

HD

High distinction

85 - 100

 

DI

Distinction

75 - 84

 

CR

Credit

65 - 74

 

PS

Pass

50 - 64

 

FA

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

AF

Absent fail

0 - 49

When you haven’t completed all assessment tasks or met the attendance requirements.

CN

Cancelled

No mark

When your enrolment has been cancelled.

DC

Discontinued not to count as failure

No mark

When you discontinue a unit after the relevant census date but before the DC deadline.

DF

Discontinue – fail

No mark

When you discontinue a unit after the DC deadline but before the end of classes for that unit.

FR

Failed requirements

No mark

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.

SR

Satisfied requirements

No mark

When you meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.

WD

Withdrawn

No mark

When you discontinue a unit before the relevant census date. WD grades do not appear on your academic transcript

Incomplete results

‘Incomplete’ results are temporary results used when your final grade has not been finalised. This could be because:

  • you were granted an extension to submit a final piece of work due to illness or misadventure
  • your examiner needs to seek additional information before awarding your grade
  • your honours program, exchange program or placement finishes after the session ends.

When your result has been finalised, your results notice will be updated and you’ll receive an email notifying you of the change.

If you have any questions regarding an Incomplete result, contact your unit of study coordinator.

Result code

Result name

Mark range

Description

IC

Incomplete

No Mark

Temporarily used when further information is being sought or additional work considered before a final result is given. You will not be able to re-enrol with an IC result.

RI

Result incomplete

No mark

Temporarily used in cases where a result will remain incomplete for a longer period than the IC (Incomplete) result. You will be able to re-enrol with an RI result.

UC

Unit of Study Continuing

No mark

When a unit continues in the following session. You will be able to re-enrol with a UC result.

Honours results

Your faculty or school will provide you with marking criteria specific to your honours course. If you have any questions, contact your honours coordinator.

Honours class

Honours mark range (for honours up to 96 credit points)*

Honours mark range (for honours of 96 credit points or more)*

First Class

80 - 100

75 - 100

Second Class / Division 1

75 - 79

70 - 74

Second Class / Division 2

70 - 74

65 - 69

Third Class

65 - 69

50 – 64 **

Not awarded honours

0 - 64

0 – 49 **

*Some honours courses may require you to achieve higher marks. Check your course resolutions in your handbook and the Coursework Policy 2014.

**Prior to 2017, Third Class honours was not awarded for honours of 96 credit points or more. If your mark was in the range 0 to 64, you were not awarded honours.

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