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1. (Original post by gdunne42)
You need a total UMS of 480 that includes 270/300 from your A2 exams.
So from your A2 exams/practical you need 252 UMS for an A or 270 UMS for an A*
You can make it easier to achieve an A if you resit one or more AS exams.
Thank you!
2. I don't really know how to explain this, but I'll try...

For A2 English langauge (AQA), the c/w is 20%, so 80 ums, and the exam is 120 UMS, so 30% of the A-Level.

Do you need to get 90% UMS across the A2 exams (180 UMS), or an average of 90% across exams.

You could get 100% on the coursework, so 80 ums, but 80% on the exam, so 96 ums. That would give you 176 UMS, so not 90%, but you got 100% on one unit and 80% on the other, so that averages out on 90%. So which do you need to get an A*?

Sorry, is that clear?
3. (Original post by jwf13)
I don't really know how to explain this, but I'll try...

For A2 English langauge (AQA), the c/w is 20%, so 80 ums, and the exam is 120 UMS, so 30% of the A-Level.

Do you need to get 90% UMS across the A2 exams (180 UMS), or an average of 90% across exams.

You could get 100% on the coursework, so 80 ums, but 80% on the exam, so 96 ums. That would give you 176 UMS, so not 90%, but you got 100% on one unit and 80% on the other, so that averages out on 90%. So which do you need to get an A*?

Sorry, is that clear?
It's all about the UMS not about % (your calculation of average % isn't sensible as the components are not equally weighted)
For a 400 UMS A level You need a total UMS of at least 320 for the full A level which includes at least 180 UMS from your A2 coursework and exam combined.
4. (Original post by gdunne42)
It's all about the UMS not about % (your calculation of average % isn't sensible as the components are not equally weighted)
For a 400 UMS A level You need a total UMS of at least 320 for the full A level which includes at least 180 UMS from your A2 coursework and exam combined.
Ah, OK, that makes sense. Thanks
5. (Original post by DrSwitched)
Apologies if this sort of thing has been asked dozens of times already but I am panicking quite a bit about chemistry. I really messed up my unit two exam and my overall AS UMS score is 228/300 (B).

Is it still possible for me to get an A* at A2 with this score? And if so what kind of score would I have to get at A2 (I imagine it'll be very high).
You need a 90% average in the A2 modules
6. If S1 and S2 are put towards my Mathematics A Level (i.e. C1-4, S1-2) and I have FP1, M1 and D1 contributing to my Further Mathematics A Level, will the S2 score contribute to attaining an A* in Further Mathematics or it will it be FP2, FP3 and M2 alone ?
7. (Original post by Khallil)
If S1 and S2 are put towards my Mathematics A Level (i.e. C1-4, S1-2) and I have FP1, M1 and D1 contributing to my Further Mathematics A Level, will the S2 score contribute to attaining an A* in Further Mathematics or it will it be FP2, FP3 and M2 alone ?
The S2 can count towards the A* in further maths if that's what is needed. Your modules will be arranged in a way which will get you the highest possible grade.

You could end up with FP2, FP3 and S2 in further maths. It all depends on modules scores.
8. (Original post by Khallil)
If S1 and S2 are put towards my Mathematics A Level (i.e. C1-4, S1-2) and I have FP1, M1 and D1 contributing to my Further Mathematics A Level, will the S2 score contribute to attaining an A* in Further Mathematics or it will it be FP2, FP3 and M2 alone ?
Your S2 can't count towards the A* in FM unless it is included in the FM. As long as your school recash in your AS Maths, A level Maths and AS FM next summer, the exam board will automatically work out the combination that gives you the best grades at A level Maths and FM.
9. (Original post by tiny hobbit)
Your S2 can't count towards the A* in FM unless it is included in the FM. As long as your school recash in your AS Maths, A level Maths and AS FM next summer, the exam board will automatically work out the combination that gives you the best grades at A level Maths and FM.
Exactly as I expected. Thank you !
10. hey my name is Talha Azam!! I want to ask how could I give A'levels paper in U.K as an International student and to give them privately? My subjects will be economics,computers and accounting!
11. (Original post by Talha azam)
hey my name is Talha Azam!! I want to ask how could I give A'levels paper in U.K as an International student and to give them privately? My subjects will be economics,computers and accounting!
In many countries you can do them through the British Council

http://www.britishcouncil.org/exams
12. With sciences, do you need 90% in all A2 units or an average of 90% in all A2 units? Thanks for the help!
13. (Original post by TheBigGeek)
With sciences, do you need 90% in all A2 units or an average of 90% in all A2 units? Thanks for the help!
You need 270/300 UMS from the A2 units i.e. an average of 90%
14. I achieved an A* in English Literature last Thursday, though in many ways I feel like it's very undeserved. I got 323/400 UMS marks which means 4 UMS marks fewer and I would have achieved a B instead...
15. (Original post by R3cognize)
I achieved an A* in English Literature last Thursday, though in many ways I feel like it's very undeserved. I got 323/400 UMS marks which means 4 UMS marks fewer and I would have achieved a B instead...
Don't feel like its undeserved it just means that in A2 (the harder year) you managed to pull your subject up to preform at an average over 90% that year regardless of how AS went. A great achievement!
16. 70% at AS meaning it's actually impossible to get A if you're aiming to get 90% or above in A2 units?
17. (Original post by Rtcw)
70% at AS meaning it's actually impossible to get A if you're aiming to get 90% or above in A2 units?
Not strictly true in A level maths A* is worked out from a 90% average from C3 and C4 the entire A level from 6 modules. so say you got 70% in C1, C2, M1 so your AS is 70% average then if you got M2-95%, C3-85%, C4-90% your A2 modules would average 90% but because your C3, C4 average is only 87.5% the candidate would achieve an A not an A*.
18. So to get an A* you need(for example)
90% at A2 but only 80% in total.
Does that mean you can get
70% AS and 90% A2 for an A*
19. (Original post by Sam_1996)
So to get an A* you need(for example)
90% at A2 but only 80% in total.
Does that mean you can get
70% AS and 90% A2 for an A*
Yes, it is in the first post of the thread. How many times do people have to be told for them to understand this simple matter?
20. How easy is it for most to get 90% or more UMS on C3 and C4 in Maths?

I don't know whether I should resit my c2 (74/100) or not, where I had 88 in C1 and 86 in S1.

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