First class honours degree are referred to as 1st (pronounced firsts) they indicate the highest level of academic achievement and ability.
Second class upper division honours degree is classified as 2:1 (pronounced two one).
Second-class lower division honours degree is classified as 2:2 (pronounced two two).
Third class honours degree is classified as 3rd.
Ordinary degree is classified as a Pass.
This is usually attributed to a higher standard of degree as opposed to a ‘ordinary’ or ‘pass’ degree. A honours degree would suggest that the student has a certain amount of aptitude or skill towards the subject matter.
First class honours
This is the highest level of degree that can be awarded and only a minority (around 10%) achieve this in any one year.
This is a pass but without honours.
Stands for Bachelor of Science, and is usually a 3 year undergraduate course.
Stands for Master in Science and is a usually a 4 year undergraduate course.
Stands for Master of Science and is usually a 1 year post graduate course.
Stands for Master of Arts and is usually a 1 to /2 year post graduate course.
UK degree letters:
BA stands for Bachelor of Arts
BAcc stands for Bachelor of Accounting
BArch stands for Bachelor of Architecture
BCJ stands for Bachelor of Criminal Justice
BEng or BE stands for Bachelor of Engineering
BFin stands for Bachelor of Finance
BMid stands for Bachelor of Midwifery
BSc(Eng) stands for Bachelor of Science in Engineering