Undergraduate award with distinction

The award of ‘Pass with Distinction’ is granted when a distinction level of performance, based on a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75%, has been achieved in all courses completed since enrolment at UNSW which are credited to the relevant award.

Please note required courses that have been failed will also be counted in the calculation of WAM.

This award is recorded on the academic transcript and is listed on the Testamur.

Calculation of WAM for Award with Distinction

The Business School WAM is calculated to two decimal places and is not rounded up or down for the purposes of awarding distinction.

Courses completed on exchange or cross-institutionally or advanced standing are not included in the WAM calculation.

Eligibility

  • Students must have completed the requirements of their degree and have a WAM of 75 or above across courses credited to the relevant award.
  • To be eligible a student must have completed at least 50% of their Business degree at UNSW.
  • Courses completed on exchange or cross-institutionally or advanced standing are not included in this 50%.
  • Students are identified by the Program Authority when checking students for graduation. Students do not need to apply for this award.

Calculation

Single Business degrees

WAM is based on all courses completed since enrolment at UNSW which are credited to the relevant award.

Dual degree

  • Consisting of a Business and non-Business degree:
    WAM is calculated across the Business courses credited to the relevant award (96 UOC)
  • Consisting of two Business degrees:
    The WAMs for the two degrees are calculated separately. The courses credited to the relevant award will be counted for each degree.

Please refer below for the courses counted in each dual degree WAM calculation.

3588 Actuarial Studies/Economics

Actuarial Studies:
The compulsory courses and third year electives in Actuarial Studies (90 UOC), plus 6 UOC Business School courses, plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses, made up of 12 UOC General Education options and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

Economics:
The compulsory courses (48 UOC) and compulsory Economics major courses (24 UOC), plus 12 UOC Economics courses, plus any other combination of 60 UOC of courses, made up of 12 UOC General Education options and 48 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

3155 Actuarial Studies/Commerce

Actuarial Studies:
The compulsory courses and third year electives in Actuarial Studies (90 UOC), plus 6 UOC Business School courses, plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses, made up of 12 UOC General Education options and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

Commerce:
The Yr 1 compulsory and flexible core courses, Commerce major courses and Business School courses to equal a total of 96 UOC, plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses made up of 12 UOC of General Education options and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

3521 Commerce/Economics

Commerce:
The Yr 1 compulsory and flexible courses, Commerce major courses and Business School courses to equal a total of 96 UOC, plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses made up of 12 UOC of General Education options and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

Economics:
The compulsory courses (48 UOC) and compulsory Economics major courses (24 UOC), plus 12 UOC Economics courses, plus any other combination of 60 UOC of courses, made up of 12 UOC General Education options and 48 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

3584 Commerce/ Information Systems

Commerce:
The Yr 1 compulsory and flexible courses, Commerce major courses and Business School courses to equal a total of 96 UOC, plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses made up of 12 UOC of General Education options and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*

Information Systems:
The compulsory core courses (24 UOC) and compulsory Information Systems courses (72 UOC), plus any other combination of 48 UOC of courses made up of 12 UOC of General Education options** and 36 UOC of Business Free Electives.*


*Please note where there are more than 36 or 48 UOC of Business Free electives the courses with the best marks will be used in calculation.

**Please note where there are more than 12 UOC of general education options, the courses with the best marks will be used in calculation.