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# A* at A level question thread

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1. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by lazytomato)
my fm teacher said any three modules will do...because apparently fm is a lot harder..so they will accept that
yeah any 3 not including FP1.. because FP1 can only be an AS module, as can anything that ends in a '1'.
2. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Nfixlol)
yeah any 3 not including FP1.. because FP1 can only be an AS module, as can anything that ends in a '1'.
I am not sure about this. FP1 is As module but m1 or s1 or d1 can be considered as A2 module - I think
3. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
so Bascially I need 90% average in C3/C4 and an Applied module and 480/600 overall?
4. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Amit92)
so Bascially I need 90% average in C3/C4 and an Applied module and 480/600 overall?
180/200 or higher in C3 and C4
480/600 overall

no other module scores matter
5. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by matt2k8)
180/200 or higher in C3 and C4
480/600 overall

no other module scores matter
Spot on.

Would anybody know for Further Maths - how one would define 3 A2 modules?
6. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by rnshan)
Spot on.

Would anybody know for Further Maths - how one would define 3 A2 modules?
A2 modules are anything ending in a 2 or higher (excluding C2 but that's irrelevant). e.g. if you did FP1-3 and M1-3 for further maths, you'd have to get 270/300 in the best three of FP2, FP3, M2 and M3, and 480/600 overall
7. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by matt2k8)
A2 modules are anything ending in a 2 or higher (excluding C2 but that's irrelevant). e.g. if you did FP1-3 and M1-3 for further maths, you'd have to get 270/300 in the best three of FP2, FP3, M2 and M3, and 480/600 overall
What about D1 and D2 ? Is it your interpretation - that all module ending with 2 or above is A2 or is there a doc which says that. I was not able to find anything which states this except in TSR
8. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by rnshan)
What about D1 and D2 ? Is it your interpretation - that all module ending with 2 or above is A2 or is there a doc which says that. I was not able to find anything which states this except in TSR
Not sure about for other exam boards but on MEI the specification says AS next to AS units and A2 next to A2 units

D1 is AS, D2 is A2
9. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by matt2k8)
Not sure about for other exam boards but on MEI the specification says AS next to AS units and A2 next to A2 units

D1 is AS, D2 is A2
Thks - unfortunately Edexcel does not say anything like that and hence the confusion for me.
10. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by matt2k8)
180/200 or higher in C3 and C4
480/600 overall

no other module scores matter
Say I got
85% at AS in C1-C2-S1
and then 90% at A2 in C3-C4-D1, would I still get an A*, seeming has D1 is seen to be an AS module?
11. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Amit92)
Say I got
85% at AS in C1-C2-S1
and then 90% at A2 in C3-C4-D1, would I still get an A*, seeming has D1 is seen to be an AS module?
A*in Maths is purely based on getting 90% or more on C3 and C4, as long as your total average for all 6 modules is more than 80%.
12. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Amit92)
Say I got
85% at AS in C1-C2-S1
and then 90% at A2 in C3-C4-D1, would I still get an A*, seeming has D1 is seen to be an AS module?
It's purely 90% in C3 and C4 , all other modules don't matter aslong as you have 480/600 overall.
13. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Bluebird92)
however if you take M2 or S2 as part of A Level Maths, then your 90% average must extend over to this as these are A2 modules - a combination of M1 and S1 avoids this.
This sounds a bit unfair.

edit: http://www.qcda.gov.uk/21230.aspx

In order to allow candidates to take more than one type of applications unit, candidates may certificate A level mathematics with four AS and two A2 units This makes mathematics unique among A level subjects and has resulted in different arrangements for awarding the A* grade for A level mathematics, with A* awarded on the basis of performance on the A2 pure mathematics units only, which means very good performance on an A2 applications unit will not contribute to A*.
14. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by beatleboar)
In bold is correct.
no its not
15. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
WHAT!! you can A* in maths, i did not know that, but what about the applied modules ?? like mechanics, statistics & decision
16. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by rnshan)
Thks - unfortunately Edexcel does not say anything like that and hence the confusion for me.
Pages 10-11 (of the actual spec) or 12-13 (of the PDF) of http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocu...athematics.pdf, under "Level".
17. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by michaelyus)
Pages 10-11 (of the actual spec) or 12-13 (of the PDF) of http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocu...athematics.pdf, under "Level".

Thks - I had seen that before. I interpret that as any application units inclding s1,d1, m1 can be part of final A level without diffeentiating between AS and A2 levels for further Maths. So one can get A* in FM by having say 90% with S1, D1, S2 modules - assuming say M1, M2 was taken with A level Maths. So edexcel is more flexible than other boards.
18. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by rnshan)
Thks - I had seen that before. I interpret that as any application units inclding s1,d1, m1 can be part of final A level without diffeentiating between AS and A2 levels for further Maths. So one can get A* in FM by having say 90% with S1, D1, S2 modules - assuming say M1, M2 was taken with A level Maths. So edexcel is more flexible than other boards.
But I don't think that is correct; S1, M1, D1 are all AS units according to that table. So the 90% condition of the A* has to be met with other units (e.g. FP2, FP3, S2, M2).
19. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by michaelyus)
But I don't think that is correct; S1, M1, D1 are all AS units according to that table. So the 90% condition of the A* has to be met with other units (e.g. FP2, FP3, S2, M2).
I cannot find any table in Edexcel - which terms S1,m1,d1 as As modules.
20. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by rnshan)
I cannot find any table in Edexcel - which terms S1,m1,d1 as As modules.
See the link provide by Michaelyus and the exact page number provided - look at the column titled level

A* for FM requires 480/600 overall and 270/300 from best 3 A2 units (confirmed in another post that quotes an email from edexcel)
Last edited by gdunne42; 04-09-2009 at 10:48.

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