Avans grading tables

This page provides your with more information about the tables Avans University of Applied Sciences uses to convert grades awarded abroad.

Dutch grading system

The Dutch grading system consists of marks ranging from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The marks 1 to 3, 9 and 10 are rarely awarded. A minimum score of 5.5 is required to pass a module. At Avans, test scores are rounded to the nearest decimal place.

Grade Value
10 Outstanding
9 Very good
8 Good
7 More than satisfactory
6 Satisfactory
5 Almost satisfactory
4 Unsatisfactory
3 Very unsatisfactory
2 Poor
1 Very poor

How ECTS credits work

Your workload as a student is expressed in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. According to Dutch law, 1 credit represents 28 hours of work and 60 credits represent 1 year of full-time study. To earn a bachelor’s degree, you must have obtained a total of 240 ECTS credits.

ECTS grading table

Grading systems and grading cultures may vary widely between countries or even between institutions in the same country. This grading table offers insight into the Avans University of Applied Sciences grading culture. This enables conversion of any grades you earned at an institution abroad to grades from the Dutch grading system. The grading table for Avans University of Applied Sciences is as follows:

Grade Number of observations % of total % cumulative
10 7,681 0.9% 0.9%
9.5-10.0 7,533 0.8% 1.7%
9.0-9.5 28,938 3.2% 4.9%
8.5-9.0 41,584 4.6% 9.5%
8.0-8.5 105,942 11.8% 21.3%
7.5-8.0 115,689 12.9% 34.2%
7.0-7.5 175,999 19.7% 53.9%
6.5-7.0 145,430 16.2% 70.1%
6.0-6.5 165,099 18.4% 88.5%
5.5-6.0 103,039 11.5% 100.0%
Total 896,934 100.0%  

How to read this table

  • This table shows the distribution of all pass grades that have been awarded by Avans. These are the pass grades from at least the previous 3 academic years preceding the graduation year. This enables you to determine what percentage of all those rounded grades were 6.0, 6.5, 7.0 et cetera.
  • The ‘% of total’ column indicates the absolute percentage, i.e. the number of times a particular grade was awarded.
  • The ‘% cumulative’ column indicates the number of times this grade or higher was awarded. Imagine you were awarded 8.5 for a particular unit of study. The table shows that 8.5 was awarded in 4.6 % of all cases. Of all grades awarded at Avans, 9,5% was 8.5 or higher.

How Avans compiles this table

  • Avans uses only pass grades to compile the table. For these purposes, grades are rounded up or down to the nearest number or half number.
  • This table is updated annually.

About the European Credit Transfer System

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) was developed by the European Commission in order to provide joint procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

ECTS is an internationally recognised standard for credit accumulation and transfer, particularly between EU member states. The basic principles of ECTS, more detailed guidance, answers to frequently asked questions and examples of good practices can be found in the ECTS User's Guide published by the European Union.