Calculate your Open University Law Degree classification

Some­time ago I post­ed a link to anoth­er blog con­tain­ing a link to a degree clas­si­fi­ca­tion cal­cu­la­tor for Open Uni­ver­si­ty degrees. How­ev­er, the way the clas­si­fi­ca­tion is cal­cu­lat­ed for OU law degrees is slight­ly dif­fer­ent. Luck­i­ly, it’s pret­ty sim­ple to work out.

The OU law degree con­sists of 4 manda­to­ry cours­es: W200, W201, W300 and W301. For W200 and W201, mul­ti­ply your grade (1–4) for each course by 60. For W300 and W301, mul­ti­ply it by 120 (to reflect the degree of sig­nif­i­cance for these cours­es). Take those four num­bers and add them togeth­er. Their sum will give your class of degree:

  • 630 or few­er — First class hon­ours
  • 631–900 — Upper sec­ond class hon­ours
  • 901‑1170 — Low­er sec­ond class hon­ours
  • 1171 or more — Third class hon­ours

There is one trick to this. If you have a poor result in either W200 or W201, you can replace half of it with a bet­ter result in one of the law short cours­es: W221, W222, W223 or W224. For exam­ple:

Grade 3 pass of W200: 3 × 60 = 180 points.
Grade 3 pass of W200 and a Grade 1 pass of W223: 3 × 30 plus 1 × 30 = 120 points

That can be enough to pull you up a grade!

Just for com­plete­ness — while you need to sit 360 points’ worth of cours­es, it is (with the excep­tion not­ed above) only the 240 points of the manda­to­ry law cours­es that count to your law degree clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Source: (and a real­ly use­ful read for all OU law stu­dents) Choos­ing your path to an Open Uni­ver­si­ty Law degree: a guide

More evidence of dumbed-down UK schools

Look what French kids get up to at their A‑Level equiv­a­lents:

Con­tro­ver­sy Erupts in French Class­rooms over Per­mit­ting Teens to Genet­i­cal­ly Mod­i­fy Bac­te­ria: Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can:

A row has bro­ken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to cre­ate trans­genic Escherichia coli bac­te­ria in the class­room.

Prac­ti­cal exper­i­ments in which stu­dents learn how to use plas­mids to alter the DNA of the bac­te­ria have been under way for 17 and 18-year-olds in the final year of the sci­en­tif­ic bac­calau­re­ate at schools across France for the past decade.

When I was in my final year in School, in 1985–6, we used to be able to do biol­o­gy at this sort of lev­el (not exact­ly of course, plas­mids had­n’t even been dis­cov­ered then — but approx­i­mate­ly the same lev­el of tech­nique.

I bet kids in the final year of A‑Levels in the UK nowa­days aren’t even allowed near live cul­tures, let alone being allowed to breed new ones.

Viking found organic compounds on Mars in 1976

Viking Found Organ­ics on Mars, Exper­i­ment Con­firms : Dis­cov­ery News:


Using Mars-like soil tak­en from Ata­ca­ma Desert, a study con­firms Mars has organ­ics, and Viking found them.

A reanaly­sis of Mars Viking exper­i­ments shows the probes did find organ­ics.
The result was not ini­tial­ly under­stood due to the strong oxi­da­tion effects of a salt in the Mars soil known as per­chlo­rate.
A fol­low-up study on per­chlo­rate-enhanced soil sim­i­lar to what’s found on Mars revealed fin­ger­prints of com­bust­ed organ­ics.
The Viking 1 Lan­der, illus­trat­ed in this mod­el, touched down on the west­ern slope of Mars’ Chryse Plani­tia (the Plains of Gold) on July 20, 1976.

My ideal retirement home

This is to where, one day, I would hope to retire:

View Larg­er Map

It’s a dream, but it’s a good one. Look around in the map on the link. The house to the left of the blue door is where I spent many many hol­i­days as a kid.

The main win­dow, on the mid­dle floor, used to be a big bay win­dow where you could sit in and read books and watch the fish­ing boats come in and out of the near­by har­bour. I’d change it back to how it was.

Be strong, Liberal Democrats — don’t form a coalition.

Be strong, Nick Clegg and the Lib­er­al Democ­rats, and don’t get seduced into a coali­tion gov­ern­ment. A sop-seat in the Cab­i­net isn’t worth it. You won’t get to for­ward your agen­da. And the vot­ers, next elec­tion, won’t for­give you. This has hap­pened before, in 1979. It took the par­ty a gen­er­a­tion to recov­er.

There is anoth­er way. Look to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment for inspi­ra­tion. Sup­port the issues, not the par­ty. It does­n’t mat­ter to you which of the major par­ties is hold­ing the reigns of gov­ern­ment. You have pref­er­ences, sure, but those pref­er­ences sure­ly must be sub­or­di­nate to exer­cis­ing the man­date of the elec­torate. They did­n’t vote for deals.

This route has oth­er advan­tages. You’ll be in the media all the time, and we now know you can do well there. With­out uncon­di­tion­al sup­port, the (admit­ted­ly remain­ing) excess­es of either par­ty’s polit­i­cal agen­da won’t be able to be pushed by them. Your par­ty’s opin­ion will count on every issue.

The last thing the UK needs right now is strong gov­ern­ment. Don’t get sucked into giv­ing us it.