The Burgess Report (2007)

Beyond the honours degree classification



"The UK honours degree is a robust and highly-valued qualification but the honours degree classification system is no longer fit for purpose. It cannot describe, and therefore does not do full justice to, the range of knowledge, skills, experience and attributes of a graduate in the 21st century....We have conducted extensive work to develop a practical set of proposals upon which we are all agreed."



Summary of Proposals





  • By academic year 2010/11, following a period of detailed development, a Higher
    Education Achievement Report
    (HEAR) will be the central vehicle for recording all
    university-level undergraduate higher education student achievement in all UK higher
    education institutions.
  • The HEAR will be a single document, based on, and developed from, the current
    academic transcript, and incorporating the European Diploma Supplement. It will contain
    a wider range of information than the current academic transcript and will capture more
    fully than now the strengths and weaknesses of the studentís performance. It will also
    contain information about academic credit, which will link directly to the national credit
    framework for the part of the UK in which the award is made. Core content will be
    common to all institutions, which will be free to add additional information as they see
    fit.
  • The HEAR will contain information which the institution is prepared to verify. Further
    work should be done on how to measure and record skills and achievements gained
    through non-formal learning but this, along with other student-generated/driven
    information, should be part of Personal Development Planning (PDP). Beyond the honours degree classification: Burgess Group Final Report 9
  • In the short/medium term, the HEAR will also continue to contain an overall summative
    judgement, verified by the institution. During this period it is likely that this will remain the existing honours degree classification but we anticipate that alternatives might develop as the information available in the HEAR becomes richer.
  • In parallel, the UK higher education sector will have considered, debated and resolved a range of key issues and principles relating to assessment. The outcomes, in turn, will feed into the development of the content of the HEAR.


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