Undergraduate degree results
1. Main facts and figures
- 342,215 people graduated from an undergraduate degree course in the 2018 to 2019 academic year (only counting those who were UK residents before their degree and whose ethnicity was known)
- 31.5% of White graduates got a first class degree, compared with 14.5% of Black graduates – the highest and lowest percentages out of all ethnic groups
- graduates from a Mixed ethnic background (50.4%) or White ethnic background (49.9%) were the most likely out of all ethnic groups to get an upper second class (2:1) degree
- the difference between the percentage of White and Black graduates getting a first class or 2:1 degree went down by nearly 4 percentage points (from 26.4% to 22.6%) during the period covered by this data
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures the degree results of full-time and part-time students on undergraduate degrees in the UK, by ethnicity. Undergraduate degrees are usually bachelor's degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).
The data only includes students whose normal residence before starting their degree was in the UK, Guernsey and Jersey (including their smaller islands) and the Isle of Man.
Student numbers are rounded to the nearest 5. Percentages are calculated using unrounded numbers, and are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Not included in the data
The percentages do not include people whose degree was ‘unclassified’. This includes some degrees (such as medical degrees) that can be awarded without a classification. The number of students with unclassified degrees is shown in the table in the analysis by ethnicity.
Students from outside the UK are not asked to report their ethnicity and are not included.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for 5 aggregated ethnic groups:
This means figures are shown for these groups as a whole.
Students record their own ethnicity, either when they apply for a degree course or when they register with a higher education institution. The percentages are based only on students whose ethnicity was known. You can see data for students whose ethnicity was not known in the tables.
Read the detailed methodology document for the data on this page.
3. By ethnicity
|1st class honours||Upper 2nd class honours||Lower 2nd, 3rd or pass||Unclassified|
|Ethnicity||1st class honours % of each ethnicity||1st class honours Number of students||Upper 2nd class honours % of each ethnicity||Upper 2nd class honours Number of students||Lower 2nd, 3rd or pass % of each ethnicity||Lower 2nd, 3rd or pass Number of students||Unclassified % of each ethnicity||Unclassified Number of students|
Summary of Undergraduate degree results By ethnicity Summary
4. By ethnicity over time
|Academic year||Asian 1st class||Asian Upper 2nd class||Asian Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass||Black 1st class||Black Upper 2nd class||Black Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass||Mixed 1st class||Mixed Upper 2nd class||Mixed Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass||White 1st class||White Upper 2nd class||White Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass||Other 1st class||Other Upper 2nd class||Other Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass||Unknown 1st class||Unknown Upper 2nd class||Unknown Lower 2nd, 3rd class or pass|
Summary of Undergraduate degree results By ethnicity over time Summary
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Higher Education Statistics Agency
Purpose of data source
Student information collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. It is used by various stakeholders for:
- performance indicators
- publications (including UNISTATS)
- league tables
The student record collects individual data, including:
- the student’s entry profile and personal characteristics
- module and course-level data
- funding information
- qualifications awarded
6. Download the data
Measure, Ethnic Group, Academic Year, Classification of first degree, Count, Value