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A couple of in 4 UK college students graduated from college with a first-class diploma final yr, information reveals.

The official figures from the Larger Training Statistics Company present that the share of graduates with the very best doable outcome rose 44% in 5 years.

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

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

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

The info, printed by HESA, additionally reveals 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 had been extra more likely to graduate with a primary or higher second than males (77% in contrast with 72%).

Those that studied full time had been additionally extra more likely to acquire considered one 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 in contrast to with nationwide exams comparable to GCSEs and A-levels, universities had been “free to award as many firsts as they like” and had “each incentive to take action”.