"I got an A for P1" What da hell dus that meen?Watch
For example getting an AAB in the first 3 modules does NOT neccessarily mean you can sit back on a ABB for the second 3, to get the A. It very much depends how good an A, or how bad/good a B (A/B border, or B/C border you got).
The important bits are the numbers:
After 6 Units (A Level) you need those numbers to add up to:
After 3 Units (AS Level)
What you can start saying is what you are guarenteed, for example if after the AS year in one subject you have 252 marks, you can say you have at least an E at A Level, and can easily calculate that you need a further 228 marks for an A. etc
Ignore any conversion in to grades until final results, when you have to put 3 (AS) or 6 (A) units together. Those are the ones that matter.
Hope that helps
they say edexcel will bring down the pass mark for P3 this time(so that mayb an A is about 75/100) welldus that amke sense? in the end u shood hav 480 out of 600 for an A grade. it dusnt matter whether the pass for an A grade is 55 for P3 or 95! Im confused! any body to untie my knots?!
Out of a paper worth 100 UMS marks, ie where each module counts for exactly 1/6 of the A Level, the number of points needed for an A is ALWAYS 80.
What changes is the number of marks needed from the PAPER to get this.
Take as a practical example the first ever sitting of AQAs Pure 1 paper in June 2001, AQAs papers are sat out of 60 marks. But each count for 100 on the UMS.
The paper was seen as very hard, the modal score was infact ZERO.
There fore the threshold for an E grade was brought right down to 13, this still counted for 40 UMS marks, at the other end, it was 37 marks for an A, which still counted for 80 UMS marks.
Since then, January 2003, Pure 1, E grade 22/60 (40 UMS), A grade 44/60 (80 UMS).
It is the UMS marks that need to add up to 480, 420, 360, 300, 240 - you are not penalised if they bring the pass-threshold of raw marks down - indeed quite to the contrary, you should benefit.
You have to be ENTERED for the 6th module. But wouldn't have to sit it. You'd pick up a ZERO, and would take 480/600, an A.
Dangerous though, just incase something moved at the last minute. These are British exam boards remember, anything can happen.
Well the rough guide for raw marks, for an A is 80 %, B is 70 %, C 60 %, D 50 % E 40 % etc, hense UMS scores out of 100 reflect this.
If the paper and the candidates are consistant, this model should work in being able to calculate the thresholds for raw marks required.
As discussed earlier the boundary will move dependant on the batch of students and the paper. So it is perfectly feasible for someone to get 75 % on a paper (raw) and come out with an A.
What happens with Maths modules is that they're automatically combined to give the best possible grade in your A Level, using the lowest possible marks (something like that anyway). This only happens for the applied modules by the way.
Obviously the subject in which the pure modules go is fixed. The exam board then have to look at your applied units and pick firstly a legal combination which yields the best possible GRADE for Maths, using the least number of UMS Marks. (Spare UMS marks cannot be carried as a remainder once you get past 480, sadly) - the remaining modules will then be put together to give you Further Maths.
So for someone who needs B, B in Maths and Further for University, you could well get the UMS marks required to get B, B (840), but come out with A, C because of the way the board combine the results.
You have no say over what applied units are used to make up your Maths and Further Maths once you have sat them. Provided it is a legal combination, the exam board will look after your Mathematics grade first, using the least amount of UMS marks as possible, and then put whatever is left together (providing that this is ALSO a legal combination).
One thing I know for a fact, taking AQA as an example you can't have S2 and M2 in Maths, and S1 and M1 in Further. You can however have M1 and M2 in Maths and S1 and S2 in Further, or visa verca. These are all things the computers at the exam board will figure out for you.
All you do is sit the papers, they decide what you come out with.
For A Level Further Maths, the Compulsory Units are P4 and P5 and of the other 4, at least 3 must be applied and at least 3 must be A2 units:
Highest totals? Well, I know of a friend who got (in UMS) P1: 100, P2: 100, P3: 93, M1: 100, M2: 100, S1: 100 for Further Maths last year. So that would be 593/600. I'm sure there are people who have gotten 600/600 before.