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A degree which indicates a higher level of achievement than a foundation degree or a pass degree, and may require the student to study to a greater a depth or breadth. A candidate who has achieved an honours degree may indicate this by the inclusion of the abbreviation ‘(Hons)’ after their qualification; for example, Mohammed McPherson BA (Hons). Unlike a pass degree, an honours degree award is divided into different classes which are used as grading indicators of the level of achievement the student has attained in their undergraduate studies. These classes are first class, upper second class (sometimes referred to as a 2.1), lower second class (sometimes referred to as a 2.2), and third class, the first class degree being the highest awarded. Most honours degrees awarded fall into the second class category. See also bachelor's degree.

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