Cambridge University could break with 200 years of tradition by adopting a US-style degree system in a bid to tackle relentless grade inflation, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
The move to Grade Point Average could eventually see the first and 2:1 phased out, as British universities look to closer align themselves with other major institutions around the world.
It comes as leading academics across the country express their concern at the huge increase in the number of top degrees handed out in recent years, with three quarters of graduates now leaving university with a 2:1 or first.
Since the Nineties, the number of first class degrees has increased five-fold. The year-on-year rise has prompted…