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1. Re: A* in A-level Maths...
(Original post by Amit92)
So you could get 85% in AS and then like 90% in C3 and C4 and like 50% in one applied module and still get an A*? :O, are resits allowed?
resits are allowed.
2. Re: A* at A level question thread
Hey, quick question: is the 90% UMS required for an A* split between the two A2 units (so that 80/100 and 100/100 is an A*) or do you have to get 90% UMS in each A2 unit (so that only 90+/100 and 90+/100 is an A*)?
3. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by a.byrnie)
Hey, quick question: is the 90% UMS required for an A* split between the two A2 units (so that 80/100 and 100/100 is an A*) or do you have to get 90% UMS in each A2 unit (so that only 90+/100 and 90+/100 is an A*)?
4. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by a.byrnie)
Hey, quick question: is the 90% UMS required for an A* split between the two A2 units (so that 80/100 and 100/100 is an A*) or do you have to get 90% UMS in each A2 unit (so that only 90+/100 and 90+/100 is an A*)?
I think it's 90% OVERALL for the A2 Units so I think yes, that '80/100 & 100/100 is an A*'.
5. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Romisa_lovesA7X)
I think it's 90% OVERALL for the A2 Units
As it says in the very first post of this thread.
6. Re: A* at A level question thread
Was just making sure, thanks!
7. Re: A* at A level question thread
4 hours of revision today, world record for me..
8. Re: A* at A level question thread
To get an A* I thought you just needed 90% overall on your A2 exam...yet this states you need A at AS?
9. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reaffy)
To get an A* I thought you just needed 90% overall on your A2 exam...yet this states you need A at AS?
No it doesn't. It states you need an A overall as well as 90% at A2.
10. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Good bloke)
No it doesn't. It states you need an A overall as well as 90% at A2.

'My A2 units add up to an A* but I got a B overall. Why is this?

You need to achieve an A grade across all the A Level units – both AS and A2. In this case, you may not have done as well in your AS units and you may

But on the actual article about A* grade on here, is says you don't need A at AS?
11. Re: A* at A level question thread
how on earth do you get an A* in chemistry?? do you have to get 90+% in the coursework as well?? kinda confused lol
12. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by James A)
how on earth do you get an A* in chemistry?? do you have to get 90+% in the coursework as well?? kinda confused lol
You have to average at least 90% across the 3 A2 units, so yes, that includes the coursework.
13. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
You have to average at least 90% across the 3 A2 units, so yes, that includes the coursework.
damit!! i hate coursework!
14. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reaffy)
'My A2 units add up to an A* but I got a B overall. Why is this?

You need to achieve an A grade across all the A Level units – both AS and A2. In this case, you may not have done as well in your AS units and you may

But on the actual article about A* grade on here, is says you don't need A at AS?
You don't need an A at AS, but you do need to average an A over the whole A level, i.e. at least 320 UMS for 400 UMS subjects and at least 480 UMS for 600UMS subjects.
15. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by liamdunne)
So, for instance, if I got 80 UMS over my two modules in Biology but 90 UMS or more in my A2 modules then I would still get an A*? If so then my worry about getting 90 UMS in my AS level is pointless. :P
Correct, except that there are 6 units in A level Biology, not 4 as you seem to imply - you need to include the coursework/practical unit at both AS and A2.
16. Re: A* at A level question thread
Hi, I'm not sure whether I have read the thread correctly, but here is my situation. I got a B grade (76) and an A grade (94) in my History units at AS, therefore this is in the 80% - 85% category. Even if I get above 90% this year, does this mean I can still get an A* at the end of A2?
17. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
You don't need an A at AS, but you do need to average an A over the whole A level, i.e. at least 320 UMS for 400 UMS subjects and at least 480 UMS for 600UMS subjects.
Oh okay, thank you. So if you get a B at AS and over 90% at A2, would that be an A* considering you've already achieved an A? Also, do you know whether a grade is a grade? In that, is there such thing as a low B and a high B or, if you achieve the grade, it is the same regardless?
18. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reaffy)
Oh okay, thank you. So if you get a B at AS and over 90% at A2, would that be an A* considering you've already achieved an A?
Yes. I have known several people get a B at AS but manage an A* at the full A level without retaking (though only in arts subjects).

(Original post by Reaffy)
Also, do you know whether a grade is a grade? In that, is there such thing as a low B and a high B or, if you achieve the grade, it is the same regardless?
It is the same regardless. The certificate just shows a grade e.g. A. Future employers have no way of telling whether you scraped the grade or obtained it with a good margin to spare.
19. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
Yes. I have known several people get a B at AS but manage an A* at the full A level without retaking (though only in arts subjects).

It is the same regardless. The certificate just shows a grade e.g. A. Future employers have no way of telling whether you scraped the grade or obtained it with a good margin to spare.
Thank you very much for your help!

The subject I was referring to was English Literature, as well
20. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reaffy)
Thank you very much for your help!

The subject I was referring to was English Literature, as well
Then you'll be glad to know that 3 students at my school went from B at AS to A* at A level in English Literature last year.

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