Firstly, Irish universities traditionally use a verbal grading system to classify overall degree results, rather than a GPA. A high achieving student might for example graduate with a degree with first class honours (“a first”) based on their average marks (grades).
The second main difference is that universities here traditionally grade work between about 40% (pass) and 70%-75% (excellent). Only a relatively small proportion of students in a class are awarded a mark of over 70%, particularly in disciplines such as the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
This is quite different to universities in the USA and other countries that follow the US system, where work is generally graded between 60% (pass) – 100%. A student from the US for example, who is accustomed to receiving A grades, may therefore get a mark…
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