It's Easier To Get A First-Class Degree In UK Now Than Ten Years, New Report Finds

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UK universities have been warned over degree class inflation, as new Office for Students (OfS) research suggests "seven in ten students who get less than DDD grades at A-level go on to graduate with top degrees." The Typical Student team learned more on the statistic.   


It's Easier To Get A First-Class Degree Now Than Ten Years Ago





69% of students who went to university last year (a total of 3,025 people) after achieving less than DDD, went on to graduate with either a first-class or upper second degree. This is a 7% increase from the previous year and a 73% increase since 2010/11, the report reveals. Turns out, now it's become easier to graduate with a first-class degree compared to seven years ago! 


Interesting Findings



The research analyzed the degrees awarded by 148 universities in England between 2010/11 and 2017/18. Here are the key findings for the past year:

  • 79% (four in five of all students) graduate with a first- or upper-second class degree; 
  • 29% (one-third of all students) are awarded a first-class degree;
  • In 2010/11 the percentages were 29% and 16% respectively.
  • 13.9% of the increase in first-class degrees remained "unaccounted for."  

The higher education institutions are risking to be hit with sanctions, which includes fines or even de-registration in case they fail to take action over the issue. The OfS will be imposing fines or even stripping them of their status as a university. 


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