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Who you are and what you study influences your degree level

HEFCE has recently released a report identifying factors which effects varying achievement levels within Higher Education, read on to find out more, including links to the full article and links to research.

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A new report from HEFCE examines how degree outcomes from 2013-14 vary between different groups of graduates, after accounting for other student and course characteristics [Note 1]. This report adds to a growing body of work by HEFCE analysing the outcomes of graduates from English higher education institutions.

The report also looks at the proportion of first and upper second class degrees between 2010-11 and 2013-14. This has seen an annual increase of around one and a half percentage points, around half of which can be explained by changes in student characteristics.The remainder is therefore due to other factors, which may include institutional effects and other factors such as changes in learning, teaching and retention practices or students’ own study behaviour following the introduction of higher fees.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE, said […]

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