First Class Honors (70% or higher) – Also known as First or 1st At most universities, this is the highest honor that can be earned and only about 10% of students reach this level. But there are only a small number of universities that award first class honors with distinction to graduates who are sometimes referred to as early stars. In Oxford, this is called a “first congratulation.”
To achieve this high level of success, a student must demonstrate consistent excellence throughout their course. Although difficult to achieve, the future career benefits are significant for those who achieve it. It goes without saying that this should be the goal of every college student.
What is a basic qualification? The Higher National Diplomas (HND) and the Basic Diplomas are double level 5 courses, which is equivalent to two years at university. They can lead directly to a career or be “promoted” through further study to a full bachelor’s degree.
How long will it last? Full-time HND/basic degrees take about two years, and part-time courses take longer.
What is an ordinary title in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland (as well as other parts of the world), this is a different type of degree that you earn at the end of your university degree. This is the level below a third class honors degree.
Although technically it is not part of the degree classification system. This is because it is a non-honorific title. It may also be called an ungraded pass or diploma.
You can get an ordinary degree (or pass or no grade) if you don’t get a third class honors degree with a small margin. For more information on UK graduation rates and their percentages, check out this article.
PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, it is the next highest level of academic study. It takes at least four years to complete and requires a lot of independent original research working directly with a supervisor. PhDs are also considered graduate courses, as they occur after your undergraduate degree, but are a different qualification from a master’s degree.
Although mentors and coaches have supportive roles, they differ in their approach and procedures; it is important not to confuse the two terms.
Mentors can still use coaching techniques, but being a mentor doesn’t mean you’re also a coach; you can take a slightly different approach.