These are two different things with different parameters.

Overall GPA:

The method used to calculate an overall GPA using the individualised tool in the portal, where students can choose to include any courses they wish does not apply the parameters below of an Academic Standing GPA, and is therefore quite likely to be different.

The GPA used to define a student’s Academic Standing is not that used to calculate entrance, progression or honours completion levels for qualifications and may differ to that which is measured in the context of a specific programme of study.

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 Academic Standing GPA:

Is a retrospective process looking at the achievement of students over the last 5 years of study, and calculates using an  Academic Standing GPA. Courses contribute to Academic Standing GPA at UG or PG level, if a student has transitioned to a higher level of study (UG to PG), the GPA only includes courses from, and including, the period in which they started studying at the higher level of study.

The Academic standing GPA is based on the grades at the time of calculation – in some cases the grade could have changed. The below are not included in calculations:

    1. Research courses (as defined in the SMS)
    2. The courses without a valid published grade
    3. NF, WD, CT, AG, P and F grades are not included
    4. Intensive English courses are no longer included (sub degree)

Some qualifications also use weighted GPA’s and or exclude courses to determine a student’s overall GPA and this does not align with the Academic Standing GPA calculation.

We are now in the 2020 year and the Academic Standing tool has been updated to reflect the Calendar regulations for Academic standing 2020. The regulations that have been applied to students for Academic standing however are those that were current in the 2019 tool.

The changes to Academic Standing definitions are:

    • 2020, Excelling = B+ or above, Good = B
    • 2019, Excelling = A- or above, Good  = B/B+

The GPA used to define a student’s Academic Standing is not that used to calculate entrance, progression or honours completion levels for qualifications and may differ to that which is measured in the context of a specific programme of study.

If you are concerned about GPA in relation to your programme of study or whether you can progress to PG study, then please contact the Academic Advisers.

 

Each college has different guidelines and parameters for what grades are needed for postgraduate study. Please contact the academic advice team for information on what grades must be achieved for the various avenues of progression beyond your graduate major and minor.