The universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton are among those who will test a grade point average system in a project run by the Higher Education Academy.
The “national GPA system” will provide an average from grades achieved throughout a student’s course, as distinct from the traditional honours degree classifications, such as a First, a 2.1 or a 2.2.
This extra information could run alongside current classifications if the one-year pilot is a success.
It follows concerns that honours classification is “not fit for purpose”, with the US system seen by some as offering a more “continuous scale” without the “cliff edges” between classifications.
Other institutions taking part in the pilot include the universities of Bangor, Leicester, Kingston, Northumbria, Oxford Brookes, Winchester and York St John.
The University of the West of England and the University of West Scotland will also take part.
University College London, which spearheaded plans to trial GPA back in 2011, is not listed among those involved in the pilot.
Sir Bob Burgess, vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester and chair of the HEA board, will oversee the pilot, as well as a two-year programme designed to inform a national discussion on degree assessment methods.
A further 25 institutions have indicated an interest in “engaging more broadly with a wider programme of activity to explore GPA”, the HEA added.
Phil Levy, deputy chief executive for academic practice at the HEA, said he was “delighted” that the pilot will include a diverse range of higher education providers.
“It is essential that the proposed national GPA system is thoroughly tested in different institutional contexts. Only by doing this will the sector and wider public be able to understand whether GPA will enhance the student experience – both while they are studying and after graduation as they seek employment or further study,” he said.