You are Here: Home >< A-levels

# A* UMS help? watch

1. Can someone please explain to me how the whole getting an A* works in UMS.
For example, for chemistry and maths, someone told me you have to get an A overall in the AS units and then A* in A2 units so C3/C4 and Unit4 chem/Unit5 chem. Can someone confirm this or let me know how it really works please for maths and/or science subjects? Thanks!
2. (Original post by Do03)
Can someone please explain to me how the whole getting an A* works in UMS.
For example, for chemistry and maths, someone told me you have to get an A overall in the AS units and then A* in A2 units so C3/C4 and Unit4 chem/Unit5 chem. Can someone confirm this or let me know how it really works please for maths and/or science subjects? Thanks!

As it has all the different combinations to consider.
3. (Original post by Do03)
Can someone please explain to me how the whole getting an A* works in UMS.
For example, for chemistry and maths, someone told me you have to get an A overall in the AS units and then A* in A2 units so C3/C4 and Unit4 chem/Unit5 chem. Can someone confirm this or let me know how it really works please for maths and/or science subjects? Thanks!
For Science:

You need a minimum of 480/600 UMS with 270/300 coming from your A2 units. Note that this does not mean you need an A at AS (you need a B for 270, or a C but you will need above 270)

For Maths:

You need a minimum of 480/600 UMS with 180/200 coming from C3 and C4. This means that you need 300 UMS coming from your 3 AS units and your 3rd A2 unit together.
4. (Original post by Do03)
Can someone please explain to me how the whole getting an A* works in UMS.
For example, for chemistry and maths, someone told me you have to get an A overall in the AS units and then A* in A2 units so C3/C4 and Unit4 chem/Unit5 chem. Can someone confirm this or let me know how it really works please for maths and/or science subjects? Thanks!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Mark_Scheme

As a general rule, you need an A overall (80%+ UMS) for AS & A2 combined (this means you must get at least a C {60%} at AS - if you got 100% in your A2, plus 60% from AS, that would average 80% or an A {just}). In addition, you also need to get 90%+ overall for the A2 modules.

Note these are overall figures - you don't need to get these scores in each and all modules - just overall you need to get those scores. You can bomb on one module, so long as you compensate by acing another (or more ;-) ).

For maths this is slightly complicated (simplified?) that the optional modules aren't counted in the 90%+ requirement - only C3/C4 are counted. So if you need to concentrate your efforts, concentrate on them.

Edit
------

If you prefer it from the horse's mouth, here it is from Edexcel - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...explained.html

(Original post by Edexcel)
To score an A* in an Edexcel A level you must:
•produce a high level performance at A2 - scoring at least 90% of the A2 UMS marks.

To get an A* in Edexcel A level Mathematics you must:
•score at least 480 UMS marks for your overall A level grade
•score at least 180 UMS marks in Core 3 and Core 4.

For other six-unit Edexcel A levels you must:
•score at least 480 UMS marks for your overall A level grade
•score at least 270 UMS marks at A2.

For four-unit Edexcel A levels you must:
•score at least 320 UMS marks for your overall A level grade
•score at least 180 UMS marks at A2.
5. (Original post by bb193)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Mark_Scheme

As a general rule, you need an A overall (80%+ UMS) for AS & A2 combined (this means you must get at least a B at AS). In addition, you also need to get 90%+ overall for the A2 modules.
Not quite true, if you get a C at AS, say 65%, you can still get an A* by getting 95% at A2. 65% and 90% average out to 80% which is an A, and you have 90+% at A2 so you qualify for an A*. Yes, this means you cannot get an A overall if you get a C at AS but you can get an A*... (except for maths)
6. This is my college's break down for it. Seems like the simplest way of explaining it.

7. (Original post by Dylann)
For Science:

You need a minimum of 480/600 UMS with 270/300 coming from your A2 units. Note that this does not mean you need an A at AS (you need a B for 270, or a C but you will need above 270)

For Maths:

You need a minimum of 480/600 UMS with 180/200 coming from C3 and C4. This means that you need 300 UMS coming from your 3 AS units and your 3rd A2 unit together.
THANKS
8. (Original post by 8472)
This is my college's break down for it. Seems like the simplest way of explaining it.

THANKS
9. (Original post by Dylann)
Not quite true, if you get a C at AS, say 65%, you can still get an A* by getting 95% at A2. 65% and 90% average out to 80% which is an A, and you have 90+% at A2 so you qualify for an A*. Yes, this means you cannot get an A overall if you get a C at AS but you can get an A*... (except for maths)
Thanks - I meant a C but my mind wandered at the critical moment. Thanks for pointing it out - I have changed it and hope it is correct now!

TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

This forum is supported by:
Updated: May 15, 2015
Today on TSR

### Are you living on a tight budget at uni?

From budgets to cutbacks...

### University open days

1. University of Cambridge
Wed, 26 Sep '18
2. Norwich University of the Arts
Fri, 28 Sep '18
3. Edge Hill University
Faculty of Health and Social Care Undergraduate
Sat, 29 Sep '18
Poll

## All the essentials

### Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

### Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

### Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

### Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

### Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

## Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE