What is an award level?

When you graduate, your award will be conferred with an ‘award level’ for example, ‘Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) with Distinction’. Depending on your program, this may reflect the results you achieved during your studies. 

Award levels, other than Pass, are included on your transcript and other academic statements

Read on for detailed information about award level calculation for various programs at RMIT. 

Doctor of Philosophy | Accredited Vocational Education Programs

Are awarded unclassified (pass only). For example, ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ or ‘Diploma of Fashion Styling’.

Associate Degree* | Graduate Certificate | Graduate Diploma | Master by Coursework | Bachelor Degree** (excluding Honours Degrees)

Are awarded based on your cumulative grade point average (GPA):

GPA

Award level

Example

Less than 3.0

Pass

Bachelor of Data Science

3.0 or more

Pass with Distinction

Bachelor of Data Science with Distinction

*This applies to students who commenced their enrolment in an associate degree from 1 January 2016 onwards. For students who commenced their enrolment before 1 January 2016, the degree is awarded unclassified (pass only). **FAQ answer: please note there is no ‘with High Distinction’ award level.

Double Degree

Each component degree has its own award level, which is determined separately. For example ‘Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) with Distinction & Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours) H2B’.

Bachelor Honours Degrees*

Are awarded based on your weighted average mark (WAM):

WAM

Award level

Example

50-59

Pass

Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours)

60-69

Honours Class 2B (H2B)

Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours) H2B

70-79

Honours Class 2A (H2A)

Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours) H2A

80 or more

Honours First Class (H1)

Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Honours) H1

*This applies to students who commenced their enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. For students who commenced their enrolment before 1 January 2016, award levels are determined based on GPA.

Masters by Research Degrees*

Are awarded based on the mark achieved in your research project:

Mark in research project

Award level

Example

50% to 59%

Pass (P)

Master of Fine Arts

60% to 69%

Credit (C)

Master of Fine Arts with Credit

70% to 79%

Distinction (D)

Master of Fine Arts with Distinction

80% to 100%

High Distinction (HD)

Master of Fine Arts with High Distinction

*This applies to students who commenced their enrolment in a masters by research program from 1 January 2016 onwards. For students who commenced their enrolment before 1 January 2016, the degree is awarded unclassified (pass only).