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Multiple in 4 UK college students graduated from college with a first-class diploma final yr, knowledge exhibits.

The official figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency present that the share of graduates with the best attainable consequence rose 44% in 5 years.

The statistics could spark recent debate on whether or not levels are getting simpler and if the traditional classification system remains to be match for goal.

In 2012-13, the primary yr of upper charges, 18% bought a primary.

General, 26% of graduates who accomplished their first undergraduate diploma within the 2016-17 educational yr achieved a primary.

The info, printed by HESA, additionally exhibits a hike within the proportion gaining an higher second (2:1) or above, with three in 4 (75%) making the grade.

This was up from simply over two-thirds (68%) in 2012-13.

The figures present ladies have been extra more likely to graduate with a primary or higher second than males (77% in contrast with 72%).

Those that studied full time have been additionally extra more likely to receive one in every of these outcomes, at 76%, in contrast with 54% of part-time college students.

There have been additionally regional variations, with 75% of scholars at English universities gaining a primary or 2:1, 78% in Scotland, 71% in Wales and 76% in Northern Eire.

College of Buckingham professor of schooling Alan Smithers mentioned not like with nationwide exams equivalent to GCSEs and A-levels, universities have been “free to award as many firsts as they like” and had “each incentive to take action”.