2021 degree classifications

Updated 19 January 2021

I’m graduating in 2021, how will my degree be classified?

We have been working in close partnership with your representatives from Leeds University Union (LUU) – your elected Executive Officer team, and your School and course reps to ensure that your degree classification is not negatively affected by the results you achieved in Semester 2 of 2019/20 during the disruption caused by covid-19. 

View more details of how we classify degrees for students graduating in 2021.

What is my degree going to be worth compared to other years?

The integrity and value of your degree still stands. We are planning to add a note to all transcripts to say that marks recorded on your transcript for 2019/2020 have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to confirm that the classification you are ultimately awarded by the University is the best indicator of your achievement, rather than individual module marks.

Who can I speak to if I have questions about my degree classifications?

You can contact your school if you have further questions about your degree classification. 

What happens if I fail?

If you fail a module, you may be able to retake it during the relevant re-assessment period. View our information about marking, results and resits. 

I want to appeal, how do I do that?

You can find information about the appeals procedure on our For Students website.

I’m struggling and am worried that I might not perform to the best of my ability

We understand the pandemic has affected students in different ways. Support is available and you should contact your school to discuss your personal circumstances. 

What are online time-limited assessments? Where can I find more information about these?

Information about online time-limited assessments is available on For Students website. 

Do I have to take assessments?

Yes. You are expected to take all assessments identified by your School and pass the normal credit requirements for your programme 

How will my assessment be conducted, and what if the technology doesn’t work?

You can find information about the digital education systems you will need, and details about how to report issues on the For Students website. 

Will my marks be adjusted or just my classification?

Your module marks will not be adjusted. The mark you achieve in a module represents the standard of the work you submitted and so cannot be changed.To ensure you receive an appropriate classification, Assessment Boards will consider the marks you have achieved, as well as any mitigating circumstances.

What will my transcript say? How will this affect my application for further study or graduate employment?

Your transcript is the formal record of the marks you have been awarded on your programme.A note will be added to all transcripts to say that marks recorded on your transcript for 2019/20 have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to confirm that the classification you are ultimately awarded by the University is the best indicator of your achievement, rather than individual module marks.

I normally have reasonable adjustments made for my assessments. Will I have arrangements such as extra time?

View information about reasonable adjustments for your assessments. 

I am unable to complete the assessment because of my disability

All assessments have been designed with accessibility in mind, however if you are concerned about the type or method of assessment, or you are concerned that you will not be able to access the relevant system, you should contact your School as soon as possible to discuss this. Your School will be happy to work with you and Disability Services to find an appropriate solution.  

I’ve passed my module but failed an assessment component and I have mitigating circumstances for the assessment component. What can I do?

You can apply for mitigating circumstances for the assessment.

What if I can’t take my assessments because I cannot access the system I need?

You can find information about digital education systems on our website For Students 

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing systems, you should discuss this with your Academic Personal Tutor or contact your School. They will explore solutions with you, including the possibility of loaning a laptop from the University. 

Professional and Statutory Body (PSRB) and accreditation requirements

In some circumstances your programme may lead to a professional qualification and may be subject to the requirements of an external body such as the Law Society or the General Medical Council. If this applies to you, your School will email you to let you know how your degree will be classified so that it still meets the programme’s accreditation requirements.