What does a 2:1 UK degree mean
When you get 2:1 UK degree it means you have got second class honours degree with upper division. It is also represented by 2ii or II-1. You can get it when you have weighted average of typically 60% to 69%.
Grading Structure of British Universities
Normally grading system in most UK universities or colleges for bachelors degree honours on weighted average where more weight has been increased from zero in first year to most in last year results looked like this.
You will be awarded First-class honours represented by 1st, 1 or I if your weighted average is higher than 70%.
You will be awarded Second-class honours, upper division which can be represented by 2:1, 2i or II-1 if your weighted average is equal to or in between 60% – 69%.
You will be awarded Second-class honours, lower division which can be represented by 2:2, 2ii or II-2 if your weighted average is equal to or in between 50% – 59%.
You will be awarded Third-class honours which can be represented by 3rd, 3 or III if your weighted average is equal to or in between 40% – 49%.
Everything below 40% weighted average is considered Fail in most British universities.
Most common grade secured by students is second class honours upper division or less which accumulates total of around 70% passing students. Only 30% students make it to first class honours by getting more than 70% weighted average.