Number of students gaining firsts doubles in last ten years

Record numbers of UK students graduated with a top degree last summer, according to recent figures.
2014 saw 20% of graduates achieving a first-class degree, whilst 51% left university with a 2:1.

Since 2004, the number of students achieving a first-class degree has near doubled. Some 79,440 graduates were able to gain top degrees in 2014, displaying an increase of almost 10,000 from the previous summer.

Despite Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, suggesting students were “working harder than ever”, a new system was needed to allay fears of grade inflation.

This system, the Higher Education Achievement Report, is being investigated by some universities as an attempt to give students a more detailed record of their final-degree classification.

“The aim is to provide a more detailed account of what a student has actually achieved during their studies, rather than just a one-off degree classification”, said Ms Dandridge.


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