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Trends in honours degree classifications, 1994-95 to 2006-07, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Abstract

This is a presentation by Mantz Yorke based on his February 2009 report Trends in honours degree classifications, 1994-95 to 2006-07, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This presentation was made as part of an EvidenceNet Research Seminar Series.

This report analyses "grade inflation" trends across England, Wales and NI (due to the different structure of the Scottish bachelor degree) and suggest how these trends might be influenced.

Taking a 'good honours' degree to be a 1st or 2:1, a thirteen-year run of data is analysed for trends in respect of the award of 'good honours degrees' in 16 major subject areas and, separately, in 21 subject areas with consistently high enrolments, and which were relatively unaffected by the introduction of the Joint Academic Coding System [JACS] that was implemented from the start of the academic year 2002-03.