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    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!
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    (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!
    You'll find this thread useful:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=815293

    As it has all the different combinations to consider.
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    (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.
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    (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.

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

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    To score an A* in an Edexcel A level you must:
    •get an A grade for your overall A level
    •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.
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    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)
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    This is my college's break down for it. Seems like the simplest way of explaining it. :yep:

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    (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
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    (Original post by 8472)
    This is my college's break down for it. Seems like the simplest way of explaining it. :yep:

    THANKS
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    (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!
 
 
 

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