Wananga landing Wananga landing

Grading scale

07 June 2024

UC's Grading scale applies to all our preparatory, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses. Learn about our grading scale and how to calculate a grade point average.


The table below compares the letter grade, GPA value and marks awarded.


Grades A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C and C- are all passing grades. Grades D and E are fail grades.


You may also see other grades on your transcript as shown below:

Sn/aSpecial pass
RRestricted pass #

#Restricted credit is equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite and may only be applied to taught or project courses. A student with a restricted credit may apply to re-enrol in a course to obtain non-restricted credit. No more than 15 points of a restricted credit of final level courses can be credited to a qualification. The final level for a 360-point Bachelor qualification is 300-level, and is any level course for graduate and postgraduate qualifications. 

* Used for abandoned PhDs or where a master's level has been awarded instead of a PhD.

The Final point's value and grade for your courses will be shown on your student transcript after the release of results. The dates for the release of the grades can be found on the Key Dates page.

Further information about marking and grading at UC can be found in the General Conditions for Credit Regulations.


How to calculate a Grade Point Average

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the grade point achieved by the number of points for the course. the multiplied figures are then added together, and divided by the total number of points and the grade point value is mapped back to a letter grade.

For example:

credit value
point value
Grade point x
course credit
Total grade
points achieved
MGMT10015 pointsA-77 points x 15 credits105
GEOG20515 pointsC+33 points x 15 credits45
LAWS20330 pointsA+99 points x 30 credits270
LAWS20630 pointsB-44 points x 30 credits120

To calculate the GPA for these results:

Total credit value for courses studied:
15 + 15 + 30 + 30 = 90

Total grade points achieved:
105 + 45 + 270 + 120 = 540

Total grade points divided by total credit value (GPA):
540/90 = 6

Average grade:
6 = B+ average

The GPA is often used as:

  • entry criteria into a higher level of study (i.e. Honours or a Masters Degree); or
  • a condition for the award of a scholarship i.e. if you need to maintain a certain level of GPA as a funding condition or to meet eligibility criteria.

If you are studying a qualification which can be awarded with Honours or Distinction, this is likely to be awarded using specific criteria and/or with differing weightings. If you have any questions about the calculation of Honours or Distinctions, please refer to the General Conditions for Credit Regulations or speak with one of the UC student advisors.


For all enquiries please contact:

Privacy Preferences

By clicking "Accept All Cookies", you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.