UK To Test GPA Model

A pilot scheme to change the way students' degrees are graded will be tested by more than 20 UK universities.

Grades would be divided into 13 levels of classification, ranging from A+ to F, based on average point scores. The grade point average (GPA) model is already used by US institutions, said the Higher Education Academy (HEA) group, which is running the scheme.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) which is running the project, will select 20 to 25 higher education providers in the UK to take part. Students would receive a traditional honours degree grade alongside the new mark. This new system could eventually replace the current way of classifying academic achievement.

The results of this pilot project, expected to be published in fall of 2014, could possibly lead to a uniform GPA system in the UK.

The new system would provide students with a more effective assessment and feedback of their work and would make it easier to compare degree grades on an international level.

A student awarded a first class degree under the current system would receive either an A+, A or A- under the GPA model.

The HEA has yet to identify which universities will be taking part in the study.

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