Written by David Stankevich
BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering
Introduction to grading systems
I would be lying if I said that university grading systems in Lithuania and the United Kingdom are totally different. In fact, I think most European grading systems are similar to each another. There are still quite a few differences between Lithuanian and British ones at which we will take a general look!
So what’s the difference?
The first thing that comes in mind while talking about the difference between British and Lithuanian systems is the grade point scale. In the UK, most universities use 100 grade point scale, while those above 70% are regarded as “First Class”, 60-69% is “Upper Second class”, 50-59% is “Lower Second Class” and 40-49% is “Third Class”. In Lithuania, on the other hand, there are no such thing as “grade class” and all works are merely evaluated and assigned a grade between 1 and 10.
Another difference is that in Lithuania, every year of university matters equally. Sounds surprising, but in the case of many universities (including Bournemouth University) the grades from your first year rarely make any difference to your final grade, although this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take your first year seriously! Your second year contributes to 30% of your final grade, and the third year is 70%. In Lithuania, all years are equally important for your final grade.
Another slight difference worth mentioning is that, in the UK, only your assignments are being graded. However, in Lithuania, you get grades not only for your assignments, but also for homework and the work you do during your lab sessions, etc.
What conclusions we can draw?
In my opinion, the Lithuanian grading system is much stricter. It doesn’t emphasise or encourage the student’s individual thinking process, but rather promotes tedious rule-following. Overall, however, the two systems have a lot of similarities, just like a lot of European academic systems are similar to one another.