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The proportion of students in England who achieve first-class degrees has risen by 80 per cent over the last decade, new analysis reveals.
The Office for Students reported that more than 40,000 more students graduated with firsts in the 2017-18 academic year than in 2010-11.
Providers - Data - Percentage - Points - Worth
Across 148 providers considered by the data, 13.9 percentage points' worth of first class degree attainment was said to be 'unexplained' by changes in graduate population.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds warned earlier this year that quality must not be 'cast aside' to 'inflate an institution's reputation or league table ranking' - and insisted that artificial grade inflation must be 'stamped out'.
Document - Today - Office - Students - Proportion
In a document released today, the Office for Students reported: 'The proportion of UK-domiciled, full-time first degree graduates attaining a first class honours degree from an English higher education provider has increased from 16 per cent in 2010-11 to 29 per cent in 2017-18, an overall increase of roughly 80 per cent over the period.
'For the same graduate population, the proportion attaining a first or an upper second class degree has increased from 67 per cent in 2010-11 to 79 per cent in 2017-18.'
Watchdog - Proportion - Students - First-class - Degrees
The watchdog looked at why the proportion of students awarded first-class degrees could have risen this drastically, including students finishing school with better qualifications, but much of the increase could still not...
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