Official statistic: Key performance measure 18

Students achieving 1sts

29%

Proportion in 2018-19


We are working on a target for this measure

What does this show?

We want to make sure that qualifications hold their value over time. This means, for example, that the value of a 1st now should represent broadly the same level of student achievement as one awarded in five or ten years.

This measure shows the percentage of students achieving 1sts over time. Where this reveals that more students achieve 1sts, further analysis can be used to work out if this is warranted given their overall achievements (see our report: 'Analysis of degree classifications over time'.)

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Updates

First publication.

Update to include data for academic year 2017-18 and change to population used to derive measure (change from England domiciled graduates to UK domiciled graduates).

Update to include data for academic year 2018-19.

About the measure

The measure shows the percentage of students achieving 1st class honours degrees.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Population: Full-time undergraduate degree (otherwise known as first-degree) graduates domiciled in the UK obtaining classified honours degrees from higher education providers in England
  • Data Sources: Individual student data from HESA and the Individualised Learner Record from ESFA
  • Available: January, 6 months after the end of the academic year in which a student graduates.

Feedback

If you have any queries about the statistics published as KPM 18, please contact Hannah White at [email protected].

If you have any queries about our overall approach or on individual measures, please contact Josh Fleming at [email protected].

Published 13 September 2018
Last updated 02 April 2020
02 April 2020
Annual update
21 March 2019
Annual update and change to population used

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