KNUST Grading System 2023 – All You Need To Know

The Kwame Nkrumah University Science and technology also Known as Knust is a University situated in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana, this institution was founded in the year 1952.

The school has laid down steps to give you a proper test on everything you get involved in on Campus which are mostly academics. With respect to this, Knust grading system was initiated which is termed or known as the Cumulative Weighted Average (CWA).

KNUST Grading System 2023

The CWA grading system is a system made use of by the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and technology in testing their students or grading them. At the end of the student’s full course year, the student is either given a first class, second-class lower, second-class upper or anything less. Having this system is what will determine your faith at the very end of course years, then you should definitely know how to pave through this system as I believe no one will want to fail or get out of University with anything less than the second class lower. 

KNUST Grading System

Let’s imagine you are in your first University year, each student in the school regardless of the course or field of study have a CWA of 100.00, but that wouldn’t be the case as soon as you start receiving lectures, and your exams determines your faith and the Knust grading system you get. Generally, your examinations take up 70% while the rest of your school involvement such as Practicals, assignments, group works, research, punctuality, mid-semester examination, and other once which are literarily based on the course and the lecturer’s discretion in accessing you make up the remaining 30%. 

The Knust grading system (CWA) is as follows;

  • First Class – Getting a First class Hons in the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and technology, a CWA of 70.00 and above would get the job done.
  • Second Class Upper – The second Class upper result would be issued to students with a CWA of 60.00 to 69.99
  • Second Class Lower – Acquiring a second class lower in this University, a CWA of 50.00 to 59.00 is needed.
  • Pass – of course, no one would want this, but in case you get this as your result, then you must have gotten a CWA of 40.00 to 49.99. 
Grade  Scale Range  Comments   US Grade
A 80.00 – 100.00  Outstanding  A+
A- 75.00 – 79.99 Excellent 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

However, if a student acquires anything below the CWA for a pass result, that automatically means a spill (no graduation) for the student. It also implies that such a student has failed a particular program.

 In the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and technology, the number of courses that can be offered by a student every semester differ from a minimum of 3 to 10 and in some cases, it could be as much as 11 to 13. However, students having three courses each semester and students having eleven courses per semester also just as the first set of three-course students should all ensure their credit hours total should be nothing short of 16 and nothing more than 21.

Let us assume a student has the following courses for semester one year one

Blessed Anointed: Bsc. Computer Science

Csc 101  course A 3 units

Csc 115  Course B 2 Unit

Csc 351   Course C 2

CSC 451  Course D 2

CSC 223 Course E 2

CSC 357 Course F 2

Csc 225  Course G 3

Csc 114  Course H 2

Csc 222 Course I 2

The student above has 9 total registered courses and has a credit hour of 20. If the student happens to be a year one student, then this implies that the students CWA is 100.00 as stated earlier and with respect to this, at the end of the semester the student get the following totals;

Csc 101  course A 74 A Excellent

Csc 115  Course B 71 A Excellent

Csc 351   Course C 67 B Very Good

CSC 451  Course D 89 A Excellent

CSC 223 Course E 55 C Good

CSC 357 Course F 47 D Average

Csc 225  Course G 67 B Very Good

Csc 114  Course H 70 A Excellent

Csc 222 Course I 34 E Failed

What follows up next is that the score that this student has in each course would be multiplied by the Units of the course. For instance, Course A is a 3 Unit course and he had 74 in course A, it implies that 74 would be multiplied by 3, and this goes for the rest of the courses, and by the end of the semester examination which makes up 70% and the rest making up the remaining 30% would be divided by the total number of credit hours (Units) to give the CWA of Blessed Anointed. 

After the calculations been done, the student’s total came up as 1292 which would be divided by 20 (total Credit Hour or Unit), dividing 1292 by 20 gives 64.6, then that implies that the CWA of Blessed Anointed as a first-year student had 64.60 as a starting CWA.

Following the above analysis, a discovery was made that, the higher your credit hour, the higher your score, and so, students are advised to focus more on the higher credit hour courses to earn more points. However, seeing that the student used as an illustration in this article failed the last course, which implies that the student has to re-sit for that course the following year or until he gets a pass in the course, and if possible the student fails more than four courses in each semester, the student would be detached from the school, and in cases whereby the student managed to complete the years of his/her course and still have some failed courses left behind, the student has to re-sit for them all before a Certificate would be issued. Now you should know that the Knut grading system is tough for lazy students and easy for hard-working students.

And now that the student used for illustration has a CWA of 64.60 in year one semester one, if the students work hard the next semester being semester two and gets for instance 1576 with a total of 21 credit hour, gives the student an average of 75.04 for that semester, therefore the total Knut grading system (CWA) for the student that year would be 1576 + 1292 which would give 2868 and this would be divided by the total year credit hours of 41 which gives 69.95. this continues till your days are over in the school.



The Kunst grading system has been illustrated above with examples; therefore, the Knust grading system is made easy for serious students and would seem difficult for the unserious ones.

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