Abolition of Schedule C of the Code of Assessment

Abolition of Schedule C of the Code of Assessment

Message from Clerk of Senate

Dear Colleagues,

Abolition of Schedule C of the Code of Assessment

I am writing to remind you of the abolition of Schedule C that will take effect from 2011-12. This means that for courses being examined now, the contribution to the calculation of grade-point average from 2011-12 onwards will be the score generated by the primary grade and secondary band awarded in accordance with Schedule A of the Code.

Further information about the change can be found in the message to staff and students sent in October. See:


Please also remember to reflect this change when updating course and programme information for 2011-12.

Use of full marking scale

A recent review of comments from external examiners revealed a number that were concerned with a relatively low proportion of A grades being awarded. Academic Standards Committee has therefore asked me to remind staff of the guidance on this issue contained in the Guide to the Code of Assessment, which is reproduced below:

'The eight primary grades alone support only coarse judgements, so each grade (except H) is subdivided into secondary bands. The available bands are A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, E1, E2, E3, F1, F2, F3, G1, G2, and H. In each grade above G the examiner should select the middle band by default, but may adjust the mark to an upper or lower band according to how securely the student’s performance is thought to belong within the selected grade as opposed to the one above or below. Thus, grade B (“conclusive attainment of virtually all ILOs …”) is subdivided into three bands: B1 denotes slightly more conclusive attainment than B2, and B3 slightly less conclusive attainment.

Grade A is subdivided into five bands – this on the advice of internal and external examiners who found that in practice three bands provided insufficient encouragement, either to use the middle band as default for work deserving an A grade, or to give appropriate recognition to work justifying something higher than the default band. The mechanisms for aggregating grades require scope for discrimination at both ends of the scale, and the five bands in grade A complement the provision made for distinguishing levels of performance below the pass-fail line.
There is, in any event, a tradition in some marking schemes for a relatively wide range of possible scores to be mapped to the highest grade or class. The five bands acknowledge the difficulty of defining upper limits to the performance that an exceptionally able student might deliver. It should, however, be remembered that grade A is intended to recognise excellence and should not be reserved for a perfect performance. Although band A1 is likely to be awarded infrequently, it should be achievable and awarded without hesitation if justified.'

With kind regards,

Graham D. Caie.

Professor Graham D. Caie, FRSE, FEA, FRSA, Clerk of Senate and Vice Principal, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ tel (0141)330 3292/8744 fax (0141)330 4021