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# Can I get an A* at a level if I got a B at AS?

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1. (Original post by Kugelmugel)
I don't want to be right haha! If getting less than 540 means you can still get an A* that's cool!
Good news, you aren't right! On page four of this booklet it says that "in A-level, grade A* is awarded to students achieving grade A overall and 90 per cent or more of the maximum uniform mark on the aggregate of the A2 units". So for subjects that are out of 600 (like sciences) you need 480 overall and 270 in A2. That means that not only can you get an A* overall with a B in AS, if you get a B at AS and 270 UMS (90%) at A2 you are guaranteed an A*, because 90% and 70% average out to 80%, which is the boundary for an A. In fact, you can still get an A* even if you scraped a C at AS, if you get 100% at A2.
2. (Original post by Kugelmugel)
Thank you! To be honest I'm not sure it makes sense as such, but I think I get it!
That's kind of crazy though that you could end up with the same UMS score as someone else but you got an A* and they got an A! I guess the exam boards would argue it's harder at A2 than AS though maybe?
Yeah, my first take through of A2 maths I scored 94% and got an A because I averaged 89.5UMS across the two A2 papers that determined if it was an A* or A... several people in my class scored lower but got A*s. I did retake the unit and bumped up my grade (even though I scored worse in the raw marks...)
3. (Original post by sweeneyrod)
Good news, you aren't right! On page four of this booklet it says that "in A-level, grade A* is awarded to students achieving grade A overall and 90 per cent or more of the maximum uniform mark on the aggregate of the A2 units". So for subjects that are out of 600 (like sciences) you need 480 overall and 270 in A2. That means that not only can you get an A* overall with a B in AS, if you get a B at AS and 270 UMS (90%) at A2 you are guaranteed an A*, because 90% and 70% average out to 80%, which is the boundary for an A. In fact, you can still get an A* even if you scraped a C at AS, if you get 100% at A2.
Thank you!

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