Understanding Results

Information and support about regulations, classification and progression

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Provisional Results

Provisional results for undergraduate students will be released on Thursday 9 July, ahead of you receieving your final results, to facilitate your preparation for the In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP) if necessary.

For 12 month MSc provisional results, please see here for further details.

Unfortunately it is not possible for staff to enter into correspondence about provisional marks. You cannot challenge, appeal or request an administrative mark check against provisional marks; you need to wait for final results to be published.

If you cannot progress to the next year of your studies or complete your degree, you will receive an email with additional information about your options once final results have been released.

Final results will be confirmed by the exam boards and published in LSE for You on either Thursday 16 July 2020 or Monday 16 November 2020, depending on your programme. Take a look at lse.ac.uk/results for further information.

Final results for undergraduates sitting assessments in the In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP) will be published on Monday 21 September 2020.

Final Classification

BA/BSc

BA/BSc students are awarded First Class Honours (1st), an Upper Second Class Honours (2A), a Lower Second Class Honours (2B), a Third Class Honours (3rd) or a Pass degree depending on individual course results. 

The classification is normally based on eighteen classification marks:

- The marks achieved in all eight second and third year papers, with full-unit marks counted twice and half-unit marks counted once to make a total of sixteen classification marks.

- The seventeenth and eighteenth classification marks will use the First Year Average full unit mark counted twice.

Your 'year one average' is calculated by adding together and averaging the best six out of eight marks in first year papers. All first-year full unit marks will be counted twice, and any half unit marks counted once to make a total of eight first year marks.

The full classification scheme for three year BA/BSc degrees is available here.

For four year BA/BSc degrees the classification will be based on twenty-six classification marks, please see the classification scheme here for further details.

LLB

The LLB classification is based on the eight marks achieved in all second and third year papers. You will also have an aggregate mark which is the sum of all eight 'classification marks'. The full classification scheme is available in the Calendar.

Diploma

Diploma students normally take courses to the equivalent of four full units as part of the degree. The marks in all four units are used in the calculation of your classification.  

The full classification scheme is available in the Calendar.

Taught Masters

Masters students are awarded a Distinction, Merit, or a Pass degree depending on individual course results.  Normally Masters students take courses to the equivalent of four full units as part of the degree and the marks in all four units are used in the calculation of your classification. 

Details of the various classification schemes are available in the Calendar.

In addition to the School's MSc classification rules, individual Sub-Boards of Examiners can establish 'local rules' for students whose results profiles fall into the discretionary classification profiles at 5.3.2 and 5.3.4 of the Scheme.  A list of all of the local rules is available in the School Calendar

Eligibility for Award (treatment of failed papers at the point of classification)

Undergraduate

As a final year undergraduate student you are eligible for the award of a degree if you have no more than three unredeemed fails across all papers of your degree. You are only eligible to resit any failed final year units if you cannot be classified.  

Penalty rules apply if you have failed more than one unit, please see the relevant Classification Scheme for further details:

-          Three year BA/BSc degrees

-          Four year BA/BSc degrees 

 

Taught Masters

As a Taught Master student you are eligible for the award of a degree if you  have failed (but not Bad Failed) a 0.5 unit.

If you have failed (but not Bad Failed) in a course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit, you will be required to resit unless the fail can be compensated either by a mark of at least 60% in: a) one full unit course; or b) each of two half unit courses; or by a compensation aggregate mark of 165 in the non-failed courses.

If compensated by either of the above options, then a fail will automatically result in a drop in the overall award classification given to you (e.g. if you would otherwise have been eligible for a Merit, then your overall classification would drop to a Pass degree.)

Some degree programmes have courses which are deemed to be critical to assessment. A fail in these courses cannot be compensated and no award will be made until they have been passed. To find out if your degree programme has courses that are critical to assessment, please see your department's local rules.

If you need to resit any failed units to be eligible for award, your overall degree classification will be capped at a Pass. Please see the relevant classification scheme for further details.

Please note that this information is only applicable to 4-unit classification schemes. Please always refer to the classification scheme relevant for your degree.

 

Re-taking Assessments

Under the School regulations, you are not allowed to be re-examined in any course which you have already passed. You are also not allowed to re-sit any failed courses if you have been awarded your degree.

The only exemption to this regulation is for LLB students who shall normally resit all papers taken in that year if they fail two or more units, or receive a Bad Fail mark in one or more papers.

If you have failed a course and are eligible for a resit, you will only be re-examined in any failed assessment components, the marks for any passed components will be banked.

If you are resitting any assessments, you are only eligible to receive any teaching for the course(s) if you successfully apply for Repeat Teaching.

For more information visit re-entry.

Fail and Progression Rules for first year BA/BSc undergraduate students

First year undergraduate students (other than LLB) need to pass at least three units to be eligible for progression to second year.

First year LLB students need to pass all units to be eligible for progression.

A failed unit, a deferred assessment, or an assessment from which you are absent will be counted as a non-passed unit.

You will be automatically re-entered to take any outstanding assessments from Lent and Summer Term during the In-year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP) later this summer and, if you pass, will be able to progress to your next academic year in 2020/21 as expected.

For undergraduates who need to sit a deferred or failed assessment, progression will only be determined following the IRDAP. If you cannot progress to the next year of your studies following the IRDAP, you will receive an email explaining your options once IRDAP results are released.

In some circumstances the School may permit you to progress carrying up to two failed units on the basis that these will be sat at the same time as your second year assessments the following year. These cases are rare and only further to a successful application for Exceptional Progression.

It is important that you read the regulations for first degrees which you can find here.

Fail and Progression Rules for second year BA/BSc undergraduate students

Second year undergraduate students (other than LLB) need to pass at least seven units out of the eight units from first and second year to be eligible for progression to third year.

Second year LLB students need to pass all units to be eligible for progression.

A failed unit, a deferred assessment, or an assessment from which you are absent will be counted as a non-passed unit.

You will be automatically re-entered to take any outstanding assessments from Lent and Summer Term during the In-year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP) later this summer and, if you meet the progression requirements, will be able to progress to your next academic year in 2020/21 as expected.

For undergraduates who need to sit a deferred or failed assessment, progression will only be determined following the IRDAP. If you cannot progress to the next year of your studies following the IRDAP, you will receive an email explaining your options once IRDAP results are released.

In some circumstances the School may permit you to progress carrying up to two failed units on the basis that these will be sat at the same time as your third year assessments the following year. These cases are rare and only further to a successful application for Exceptional Progression.

It is important that you read the regulations for first degrees which you can find here.

Fail and Progression Rules for third year BA/BSc undergraduate students on four year programmes

Third year undergraduate students on four year BA/BSc programmes need to pass at least eleven units out of the twelve units from the first three years of study to be eligible for progression to fourth year.

A failed unit, a deferred assessment, or an assessment from which you are absent will be counted as a non-passed unit.

You will be automatically re-entered to take any outstanding assessments from Lent and Summer Term during the In-year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP) later this summer and, if you pass, will be able to progress to your next academic year in 2020/21 as expected.

For undergraduates who need to sit a deferred or failed assessment, progression will only be determined following the IRDAP. If you cannot progress to the next year of your studies following the IRDAP, you will receive an email explaining your options once IRDAP results are released.

In some circumstances the School may permit you to progress carrying up to two failed units on the basis that these will be sat at the same time as your fourth year assessments the following year. These cases are rare and only further to a successful application for Exceptional Progression.

It is important that you read the regulations for first degrees which you can find here.

The General Course

If you are a General Course student no numerical marks will published online, only exam and class grades.

Your home university will determine the subsequent accreditation of the academic work completed at LSE. 

You will receive an email about one week after results have been published showing your numerical marks. This is for your information only and does not constitute a transcript. 

Students with queries should contact the study abroad advisor at their home university.

You will be automatically entered for any deferred or failed assessments during the In-Year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP), but may opt out of taking these resit assessments if you wish, please contact the General Course Dean if you have any questions.

Academic Support

If you would like to discuss your results, you should talk to your Academic Mentor or Supervisor who may be able to offer you some guidance on how you performed in your examinations or assessed work. You can also contact the Student Services Centre if you have any questions about your progression, degree classification or any academic regulations via the online enquiries form.  

There is a range of other support around LSE that you may also want to contact for support with your results.

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