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Guide to grades

You will receive a result for each of your units of study at the end of semester. Find out when results are released and what they mean.

Guide to grades

S1 results now available in Sydney Student

Due to system delays impacting results emails being received, S1 results have now been made available early in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’ then ‘Assessments’).

Semester results release

If you are enrolled in any Semester 1 units of study, we will send an email with your results to your University student email account by 9am, on 14 July 2021. After 24 hours, your results will then be available in Sydney Student.

Intensive unit results

Usually you will need to wait until the end of the current semester to receive your results for an intensive unit. If you’re unsure about a result for an intensive unit, contact your unit of study coordinator.

Replacement exam results

Results for replacement exams will become available approximately two weeks after your exam. You can confirm this with your unit of study coordinator.

Pending or missing results

  • You will not get a results email if you have no results currently approved.
  • When you get a results email, if you have a result that is ‘pending’ in your email, this means it has not yet been approved. You will need to wait to receive an email with your result once it is approved.
  • If you have a sanction applied to your record at the time of results release, your email will not include any results.
  • In some instances you may have a missing or incomplete (IC) result after results are released. Find out more about missing or incomplete (IC) result.

Your results for previous semesters are in Sydney Student. Go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’ to view your results notice. You can also view them on your academic transcript.

Results publication

Event or deadline Date

Your average marks (WAM, AAM, SAM and others)

There are different types of average marks used at the University, including Weighted Average Mark (WAM), Annual Average Mark (AAM) and Semester Average Mark (SAM).

Find out more about average marks and how they are calculated.

What the results mean

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

Each faculty or school and unit of study has specific criteria for meeting the learning outcomes of each unit. These can generally be found in your unit of study outline. Contact your unit of study coordinator for further details.

Result code

Result name

Mark range

Description

HD

High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

DI

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

CR

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

PS

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.

FA

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

AF

Absent fail

0 - 49

When you haven’t completed all assessment tasks or met the attendance requirements.

CN

Cancelled

No mark

When your enrolment has been cancelled.

DC

Discontinued not to count as failure

No mark

When you discontinue a unit after the relevant census date but before the DC deadline.

DF

Discontinue – fail

No mark

When you discontinue a unit after the DC deadline but before the DF deadline

FR

Failed requirements

No mark

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.

SR

Satisfied requirements

No mark

When you meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.

WD

Withdrawn

No mark

When you discontinue a unit before the relevant census date. WD grades do not appear on your academic transcript

IC (incomplete) results

‘Incomplete’ results are temporary results used when your final grade has not been finalised. Your results may be incomplete because:

  • you were granted an extension to submit a final piece of work due to illness or misadventure
  • your examiner needs to seek additional information before awarding your grade
  • your honours program, exchange program or placement finishes after the session ends (this may take several weeks, depending on the unit of study).

Your faculty or school will need to approve and finalise your result. Once this has happened, your results notice will be updated and you’ll receive an email notifying you of the change.

If you have any questions regarding an Incomplete result, contact your unit of study coordinator.

Result code

Result name

Mark range

Description

IC

Incomplete

No Mark

Temporarily used when further information is being sought or additional work considered before a final result is given. You will not be able to re-enrol with an IC result.

RI

Result incomplete

No mark

Temporarily used in cases where a result will remain incomplete for a longer period than the IC (Incomplete) result. You will be able to re-enrol with an RI result.

UC

Unit of Study Continuing

No mark

When a unit continues in the following session. You will be able to re-enrol with a UC result.

Missing results

If you have a result 'pending' or missing, contact your unit of study coordinator. If it is for an intensive session result, you should wait until your semester results are released before contacting your unit of study coordinator. Once your faculty or school finalises your result, your results notice will be updated.

Updating your results

In certain instances, such as if you have a missing or incomplete result, the initial grade you receive will be subsequently updated. This is a three-part process that may take up to a few weeks to complete.

Initially, your unit of study coordinator needs to update the result. This updated result has to then be approved by your faculty or school. Your result will then be updated in Sydney Student, and you’ll receive an email notifying you of the change.

Honours results

Your faculty or school will provide you with marking criteria specific to your honours course. If you have any questions, contact your honours coordinator.

Honours class

Honours mark range (for honours up to 96 credit points)*

Honours mark range (for honours of 96 credit points or more)*

First Class

80 - 100

75 - 100

Second Class / Division 1

75 - 79

70 - 74

Second Class / Division 2

70 - 74

65 - 69

Third Class

65 - 69

50 – 64 **

Not awarded honours

0 - 64

0 – 49 **

*Some honours courses may require you to achieve higher marks. Check your course resolutions in your handbook and the Coursework Policy 2014.

**Prior to 2017, Third Class honours was not awarded for honours of 96 credit points or more. If your mark was in the range 0 to 64, you were not awarded honours.

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Last updated: 15 July 2021

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