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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    You haven't even read the first post in the thread, which answers your question.
    I did read the first post (I even quoted it) I was after confirmation as it isn’t that clear and I’ve been told otherwise by my teacher. Plus someone has said otherwise on the previous page, so there’s obviously some misinformation going on here.

    But forget it. Despite being called the ‘A* at A level question thread’ it seems that questions aren’t really welcomed. Lots of people have asked questions simply to be told ‘you haven’t read the first post!’, well perhaps some people are after a bit of elaboration on something that’s been mentioned in the first post.
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    (Original post by -Haz-)
    I’ve been told otherwise by my teacher.
    Then your teacher is wrong; what is in the OP is accurate and authoritative.
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    How can i get a B
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    (Original post by mrdreamerstar)
    How can i get a B
    70% overall.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Then your teacher is wrong; what is in the OP is accurate and authoritative.
    This is from Ofqual:

    Is it true that a candidate can miss out on an A* grade, even if they get more marks than someone who does get one?

    Yes. To get an A*, candidates have to get an A overall and score 90 per cent or more of the total marks available in the more challenging A2 papers. This means that it is not just the number of marks that count, but also which part of the qualification they are scored in.

    For example, Student X achieves a grade B at AS level, scoring 145 out of a possible 200 marks, and then does very well at A2, achieving 180 marks out of 200. She has therefore passed the A grade threshold at A level with a total of 325 out of a possible 400 marks.

    Student Y achieves a grade A at AS, getting 190 out of 200 marks, but does less well at A2, achieving 140 marks out of 200. He has therefore also passed the threshold for an A grade overall at A level with a total of 330 marks out of a possible 400.

    Both students have made the 320 marks threshold for an A grade for this A level. However, only Student X would receive an A* grade even though her overall score is lower – she achieved 90 per cent or more of the available marks at A2, while Student Y did not.


    So you don’t need an A in all units, you need to get an A overall with 90% of marks in A2.

    I got 180/200 at AS, so if I get the same again at A2 (90%) I’ll have the A*.

    So my teacher is right.. I can still get an A* with a B in one unit.
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    (Original post by -Haz-)

    So my teacher is right.. I can still get an A* with a B in one unit.
    Yes you can. Sorry for the confusion, I didn't check your original question when you said your teacher differed from the OP. The OP is correct, so I don't understand why you claimed your teacher was contradicting it.
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    I just wanted to ask:
    History AS comprises of two units equally weighed. If I have an A grade OVERALL on AS History yet, in one unit I have a B and in the second I have a high A which brought my overall grade to an A. Does that mean I can achieve an A* at A level? Or did I need, grade A in first unit and grade A in second Unit then 90% in A2?

    EDIT: I just read the above comment which I think means I should be able to
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    (Original post by MindlessRobot)
    I just wanted to ask:
    History AS comprises of two units equally weighed. If I have an A grade OVERALL on AS History yet, in one unit I have a B and in the second I have a high A which brought my overall grade to an A. Does that mean I can achieve an A* at A level? Or did I need, grade A in first unit and grade A in second Unit then 90% in A2?

    EDIT: I just read the above comment which I think means I should be able to
    You just need 80% overall and 90% at A2, it doesn't matter what you get in individual units.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Yes you can. Sorry for the confusion, I didn't check your original question when you said your teacher differed from the OP. The OP is correct, so I don't understand why you claimed your teacher was contradicting it.
    No worries. I took the bit where it says ‘you need to achieve an A grade across all the A Level units’ to mean that you need to get an A in every unit. Hence why I thought my teacher was contradicting it by telling me my B in unit one was fine.
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    (Original post by Gemini92)
    You just need 80% overall and 90% at A2, it doesn't matter what you get in individual units.
    Okay, thankyou that's awesome...


    ...buut not so. Is that the case with all exams? By that I mean English Literature AQA, which is weighted 60-40, exam and coursework.

    I ask this because, I'm redoing my coursework unit this year and hope that I will achieve an A at AS. I asked my English teacher that if I do get an A in coursework and it pulls my overall grade to an A, would I still be able to get an A* grade...and she said-no. She said this because I still would not have achieved an A in both units, as in my exam I got a B (one mark off an A.)
    Since I needed an A* for my Uni course, I thought I should then remark my English paper ONLY BECAUSE I was one mark away and thought through a remark I may be able to pick up that mark. Worst case, I may lose a few marks, but I didn't mind as the grade was initially very high so even if I lost a few marks the grade would still be the same.

    However, now on this thread I've heard that it doesn't matter about each unit. I have LOST 18 UMS marks from my remark, which mean my OVERALL grade has dropped...and I only remarked as my teacher(who did I mention is the head of english lit course at my college) said I needed an A in both units.
    I would never have taken the risk of a remark if I knew I only needed an A overall at AS.

    Right now I'm hoping you'll tell me my teacher was right when talking about this specific course...
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    (Original post by MindlessRobot)

    Right now I'm hoping you'll tell me my teacher was right when talking about this specific course...
    Sadly, he wasn't.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Sadly, he wasn't.
    Don't know whether to laugh or to cry
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    What if I get an "AAB" for my AS Physics but a percentile of 93%?
    Does this mean I do not stand a chance to score an A* for Physics even if I score 90% and above during A2?
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    (Original post by ziwang)
    What if I get an "AAB" for my AS Physics but a percentile of 93%?
    Does this mean I do not stand a chance to score an A* for Physics even if I score 90% and above during A2?
    Read the first post of this thread.
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    so I have:

    AS - 78/120 and 60/80
    and A2 - 116/120, Techincally id need AT LEAST 66/80 to get an A*?!
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    (Original post by treacletart01)
    so I have:

    AS - 78/120 and 60/80
    and A2 - 116/120, Techincally id need AT LEAST 66/80 to get an A*?!
    Yes, that's right.
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    My maths teacher says that you can't achieve an A* by resitting C3 or C4 and that it has to be your first attempt (in order to achieve A*). But she says it's not true. She says it's a new rule that came in this year. Is this true?
    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Eco_star)
    My maths teacher says that you can't achieve an A* by resitting C3 or C4 and that it has to be your first attempt (in order to achieve A*). But she says it's not true. She says it's a new rule that came in this year. Is this true?
    Thanks.
    This is nonsense. You can have re-sits of C3 and C4 to get an A* grade. The equivalent applies to any subject.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    This is nonsense. You can have re-sits of C3 and C4 to get an A* grade. The equivalent applies to any subject.
    Thank you
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    Do only C3 and C4 count as A2 in maths :\ ?

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