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    (Original post by Anthony Soprano)
    Does coursework count as part of the 90% in A2? Since it is part of UMS?
    Yes. You need 180/200 (for 4 unit A levels) or 270/300 (6 unit A levels) from the A2 units whether they are exams or coursework.
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    (Original post by Data)
    Yes. You need 180/200 (for 4 unit A levels) or 270/300 (6 unit A levels) from the A2 units whether they are exams or coursework.
    Many thanks
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    How does it work for Edexcel Economics, where unit 3 counts for 40% of A2 and unit 4 counts for 60%, are the grades weighted when determining A*s as well?
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    (Original post by Mtice)
    How does it work for Edexcel Economics, where unit 3 counts for 40% of A2 and unit 4 counts for 60%, are the grades weighted when determining A*s as well?
    Yes. It is all about UMS.

    In economics, you need 180/200 UMS on unit 3 and unit 4 combined to get an A*. You could get 80/80 and 100/120, or you could get 60/80 and 120/120, both would be awarded an A* (higher scores will also get an A* obviously). The weightings for UMS therefore also carry over to the weightings for the awarded grade.
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    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).
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    (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 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.
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    (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!
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    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?
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    (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.
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    (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
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    (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
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    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 ?
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    (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.
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    (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.
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    (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 !
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    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!
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    (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
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    With sciences, do you need 90% in all A2 units or an average of 90% in all A2 units? Thanks for the help!
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    (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%
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    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...

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