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UPSA Grading System 2023

UPSA Grading System for 2023 has been announced. The grading system is used to assess the educational performance of a student which is entirely based on points alone.

University of Professional Studies

The University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) wishes to let the student community know that the grading system is out for 2023/2023 academic session. The system determines to a great extent your status in the school. It determines whether you will graduate or not.


UPSA Grading System 2023:

A 80.00 – 100.00 Outstanding A+
A- 75.00 – 79.99 A
B 65.00 – 74.99 Very Good B
C 60.00 – 64.99 Good B-
D 50.00 – 59.99 Credit C
F 0.00 – 49.99 Fail F
I Incomplete


a. Pass Grades: Grades A to C- constitute pass grades. With the definition of grades, the sentence following the failure grades was amended to read as follows:

Grades D, F, X, Z constitute fail grades. Although grade D is a failed grade, it is considered as unsatisfactory grade only for General Education Courses (GEC). Thus, with this proposed new policy, students are allowed to trail in maximum of three (3) ‘Ds’ in GEC and still graduate. However the grade ‘Ds’ are supposed to be limited to only the General Education Courses taken at level 100 and should not be Common Professional Components (CPCs) courses.

b. Non-Completion of Course:

A grade IC (for Incomplete) shall be awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Departmental Examinations Committee as satisfactory. Such a student shall be expected to complete the course the very next time the course is available.

A grade X shall be awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Departmental Examinations Committee as unsatisfactory. It is a failed grade which attracts (0) awarded to students who absent themselves from examination without any satisfactory reasons.

c. Audit: A grade ‘AD’ shall be awarded for attendance at lectures. However, a student may not be required to take examinations. In a case where students are required to be examined in an Audited Course, the marks obtained will not be factored into the calculation of the student’s CGPU, but the grade obtained will be marked as (AD).
d. Except with the consent of the Director of Academic Affairs, no student shall be allowed to audit a course.

The classification of Diploma/Undergraduate Degree programme is based on the value of the Final Grade Point Average (FGPA). All courses taken, except AUDITED or EXEMPTED are included in the calculation of the FGPA.

The full scheme of classification shall read as follows:

Class New

The minimum credit required for a student to pass and graduate is as follows:

Diploma Programme

Entry Level – 100

Minimum credit hours passed Required – 60

Concessionary credit hours allowed – 12


Bachelor’s Degree Programme (NEW Structure) Total Credit Hours

Entry at Level 100

Total Credit Required of 129, graduation requirements of 120 credits and 3 ‘D’ grades allowed.

Entry at Level 200
Total Credit Required of 99 and graduation requirements of 99.

Entry at Level 300
Total Credit Required of 69 and graduation requirements of 69.

This implies that the D grades can only be obtained at Level 100 and should not be the CPCs.

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