FINAL YEAR RESULTS (scroll down for explanation):
WHAT THESE RESULTS ACTUALLY MEAN:
Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity = 'B'
Classical Hebrew I = 'A'
Classical Hebrew II = 'A'
History of Early Christianity to 451 AD = 'B'
The Christian Doctrine of God = 'C'
Open Choice Dissertation = 'B'
Comments on these results:
In one's final year at university there is a terrible tendency to just do enough to get the degree one wants and I may have been slightly guilty of that in my approach to Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity which was, frankly, a very boring module. But I wanted a 'B' in that module and just scraped one.
My work in languages at university was strong so I could see that I was on course for two 'A's in Hebrew, which I subsequently achieved. I wanted to finish up with a 2:1 honours degree and by the final year I knew how much work was required to achieve that. Nevertheless it was one of the major surprises of my entire degree when I slipped to only a 'C' in The Christian Doctrine of God - my work in this module had been very strong with a very high essay mark. Here - without doubt - is an examination assessment which I would certainly have very strongly questioned but for the fact that by the time I knew what my actual grade was, my degree was already completed and I knew that I had achieved my desired overall 2:1 honours. A degree is made up of many study 'modules' and students often get the odd module result which does not seem to reflect either the course work they put in, or the final examination. But - without doubt - my middle 'C' in 'The Christian Doctrine of God' in which I had appeared to be on course for a highish 'B' - if not even an 'A' - seemed distinctly odd.
By the way, the only degree above the 2:1 level which I achieved is a 1:1 outright first-class honours, but a 1:1 was never actually open to me and to most of those whom I studied with, a fact which I considered to be quite unfair. Right at the end of my degree I learned that a few people who already had good university degrees (at Cardiff, or elsewhere) were apparently carefully groomed to achieve first-class theology honours. Their work was more focused and, I believe, they did not even have to complete as many study modules! They also often had considerable 'one on one' private tuition, especially where they were part of the specific religious colleges (Anglican or Baptist). But - as an independent evangelical who had managed to get myself to university (in other words, not placed there by one of the religious colleges) - I had to "paddle my own canoe" for the three years I was there! Hmmm! Unfair?? Probably, but still I accepted it and I enjoyed taking my degree. Also - I suppose that I have the satisfaction of knowing that I had to work much harder for my honours degree than the small group of protected and molly-coddled 'Firsters.' Moreover, I only actually missed an outright 1:1 (a degree level which I had not been 'groomed' for) by the small margin of 4%.
Here is my final diploma. By the way, I have quoted bits out of these official documents, but you can see the two awards documents in one piece from Here.
Robin A. Brace.