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# How do A*s work? watch

1. So obviously at A2, you can get an A*, but I was just wondering what you have to get to get this grade and how much it depends on your AS grade?
Because I've heard that if you get an A* in the A2 part of your A-Level, they give you an A* overall and ignore your AS because you've done so well at A2? Is this true?
Thanks!
2. It varies slightly across different subjects, for most you need an A at AS and a 90% average at A2.
(For biology you just need 480 UMS overall I think - someone please correct me if I'm wrong as I get the feeling I'm pulling this figure out of my ass - so you could in theory get a B at AS but an A* overall if you do well enough at A2)
3. 480/600 UMS with 270 of them from A2.
4. from what i know
a levels have changed so you have linear courses now (mostly) so you can do an AS exam this year but if you carry on with it at A2 then you have to learn all the A2 part aNd the AS part for your A2 exam and then only your A2 will count

sorry i know thats confusing
5. What has been said is correct for maths and the sciences. Arts/Humanities differ in that they are made up of 4 units, rather than 6. Therefore, 320/400 UMS would be required overall, with 180 UMS achieved in A2.
6. 80% across both years with at least 90% in the last year, I think!
7. You do NOT need an A at AS.

As the above poster said, you need at least 90% AVERAGE across all the A2 units, and 80% AVERAGE overall.

I'm not sure if it's changed for the linear A Levels though.

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