Grades and feedback

Once your assignment has been marked, you will receive a grade and feedback on how to improve.

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Please check with your School for specific and up to date information that is directly relevant to you.

Each Module Handbook will have specific marking criteria for assessed work which show you how marks are awarded. If you are still unclear on this, speak to your module tutor.

Student Services have also developed several different mechanisms to help support you as you approach your exams and assessments. Continued support for your academic studies during Covid-19.

What do the grades mean?

“A First (1st) is the highest grade, achieved for exceptional work achieving 70%+ in an assessment. This is followed by an Upper Second (2:1) achieving 60-69%, Lower Second (2:2) achieving 50-59%, and third (3rd) achieving 40%-49%, with anything below 40% being a fail. By having universal grade boundaries it makes it easier for you to understand your progression and aim to improve.”

– Rebecca Louise Hepworth – 3rd-year Events Management

A short summary is listed here:

  • First – over 70% – Awesome
  • Upper Second 2:1 – 60%-69% – Good to very good
  • Lower Second 2:2 – 50%-59% – Average
  • Third – 40%-49% – Below average
  • Fail – 39% or below – Improvement necessary


Assessment feedback will typically be provided three weeks after the assessment deadline, but this can vary by course and level. If you have submitted your work online via the software Turnitin, you will need to log back in to view your marks and feedback via the Grade Centre.

It is very important to read through both the general comments and in-text notes within your assignment provided by your tutor. This feedback is specific to you and is a valuable resource as it enables you to learn and improve when you start your next assignment.

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