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# A* at A level question thread

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1. Re: Foolish, I know, but - can anyone help me clarify some A-Level grade boundaries?
(Original post by Potally_Tissed)
It also means that with an AS mark between 60% and 70%, for the A2 it's possible to get an A* but not an A
A similar thing has happened to me with further maths

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I took D1, D2 and FP1 in AS getting 92, 100 and 97 respectively (note D2 is technically an A2 module)

Then this year I took FP2/3 getting 80 and 91 respectively. Shifting my D2 into my A2s, I then have 271/300 for A2 but yet only 460/600. I.e. if I get less than 20 on my last remaining exam I'll get a B, if I get more then I'll get an A*.
2. Re: Foolish, I know, but - can anyone help me clarify some A-Level grade boundaries?
(Original post by hassi94)
A similar thing has happened to me with further maths

(spoilered because you may not be interested in how )
Spoiler:
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I took D1, D2 and FP1 in AS getting 92, 100 and 97 respectively (note D2 is technically an A2 module)

Then this year I took FP2/3 getting 80 and 91 respectively. Shifting my D2 into my A2s, I then have 271/300 for A2 but yet only 460/600. I.e. if I get less than 20 on my last remaining exam I'll get a B, if I get more then I'll get an A*.
Seems weird that you can get an A* or a B but not an A Maybe they didn't think of that when they created A*s.

I didn't have this trouble, back in my day you couldn't get higher than an A
3. Re: Foolish, I know, but - can anyone help me clarify some A-Level grade boundaries?
(Original post by Potally_Tissed)
It also means that with an AS mark between 60% and 70%, for the A2 it's possible to get an A* but not an A
You need to achieve an A overall (i.e. at least 320/400 or 480/600) to be eligible for an A*.
4. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
You need to achieve an A overall (i.e. at least 320/400 or 480/600) to be eligible for an A*.
Yes I know, my point is that if you got say 60% at AS and 100% at A2, it would still come to an average of 80% which is an A overall, but then having over 90% in the A2 parts makes it an A*.
5. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Potally_Tissed)
Yes I know, my point is that if you got say 60% at AS and 100% at A2, it would still come to an average of 80% which is an A overall, but then having over 90% in the A2 parts makes it an A*.
Yes, I think you mean the situation where someone is either going to get a B or an A*, and unlikely to get an A?

That is actually quite common. A lot of people (foolishly) flunk the first year, but then start putting in a lot of work. And going from a B or even a C at AS to an A* in A2 is much more common than one may think.

Having said that, I think the A* is a good system. Getting 90% average on the "harder" units (they often are harder) is not at all easy, and it requires people to continuing working hard throughout the course to get an A*.
6. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Llewellyn)
Yes, I think you mean the situation where someone is either going to get a B or an A*, and unlikely to get an A?

That is actually quite common. A lot of people (foolishly) flunk the first year, but then start putting in a lot of work. And going from a B or even a C at AS to an A* in A2 is much more common than one may think.

Having said that, I think the A* is a good system. Getting 90% average on the "harder" units (they often are harder) is not at all easy, and it requires people to continuing working hard throughout the course to get an A*.
Exactly, though rather than being unlikely to get an A, if you have 60-70% at AS then it's mathematically impossible as the 90-100% at A2 that would give you 80% for an A overall would also meet the other criteria for getting an A* so you'd have that instead.
7. Re: A* at A level question thread
Does anybody know how to get an A* in p.e? (AQA)
8. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by kangeroo)
Does anybody know how to get an A* in p.e? (AQA)
320/400 UMS overall with at least 180/200 in the A2 units.
9. Re: A* at A level question thread
This may have been asked before but how do you get an A* in WJEC chemistry?
I know you need 80% UMS for AS but I've heard 2 things for A2
Do you need 90% average in A2 modules (e.g. 89%, 90% and 91%)
or is it at least 90% in each individual module?

Thanks
10. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Minerva McGonagall)
This may have been asked before but how do you get an A* in WJEC chemistry?
I know you need 80% UMS for AS but I've heard 2 things for A2
Do you need 90% average in A2 modules (e.g. 89%, 90% and 91%)
or is it at least 90% in each individual module?

Thanks
You DON'T need 80% UMS for AS. You need at least 480/600 overall and at least 270/300 from the A2 units. It is as simple as that, it does not matter how your 270 is spread over the A2 units.
11. Re: A* at A level question thread
Can I get an A* in further maths with these module results:

fp1 100
fp2 90
s1 98
s2 100
m2 80
m3 67

My teacher said that although I have to put M2 before M3, if you do 6 modules it's counted as that as opposed to being split into 3 as and 3 a2?

So can i have fp1, s1, m2, m3, fp2, s2 but get the 270 from m2, fp2, and s2?
12. Re: A* at A level question thread
Can I get an A* in further maths with these module results: (edexcel)

fp1 100
fp2 90
s1 98
s2 100
m2 80
m3 67

My teacher said that although I have to put M2 before M3, if you do 6 modules it's counted as that as opposed to being split into 3 as and 3 a2?

So can i have fp1, s1, m2, m3, fp2, s2 but get the 270 from m2, fp2, and s2?
13. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Rory_M)
Can I get an A* in further maths with these module results:

fp1 100
fp2 90
s1 98
s2 100
m2 80
m3 67

My teacher said that although I have to put M2 before M3, if you do 6 modules it's counted as that as opposed to being split into 3 as and 3 a2?

So can i have fp1, s1, m2, m3, fp2, s2 but get the 270 from m2, fp2, and s2?
Yes, you can get an A*. To calculate the A*, you need to average the best 3 A2 units you have taken (i.e. the ones ending in n where n>1). 90% or over and you have an A*.
14. Re: A* at A level question thread
ok so in classics at AS i got 84 in one paper and then 100 in the other. what do i need this year at A2 to get an A*??
15. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by tsveta)
ok so in classics at AS i got 84 in one paper and then 100 in the other. what do i need this year at A2 to get an A*??
You need to average over 90% in your modules.
16. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by tsveta)
ok so in classics at AS i got 84 in one paper and then 100 in the other. what do i need this year at A2 to get an A*??
At least 180/200 in the A2 units. It doesn't matter how those marks are split across the 2 units.
17. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
At least 180/200 in the A2 units. It doesn't matter how those marks are split across the 2 units.
right so does that mean i have to get two As in my two modules this summer to get an A*?
18. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by tsveta)
right so does that mean i have to get two As in my two modules this summer to get an A*?
Yes, because you need to average 90/100. However you split that across two modules, the lowest you can get in one is 80/100 (and 100/100 in the other).
19. Re: A* at A level question thread
How difficult is it then to get over 90% in C3 and C4 - that means dropping only 5 marks in the exam in each. how easy is it to do this?
20. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by tsveta)
right so does that mean i have to get two As in my two modules this summer to get an A*?
Not necessarily (if the units are different sizes and you get full marks on the bigger one you could get away with a high B in the smaller one), but in practice, yes.

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