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1. Hi all,

As per the title, I have a question about AQA's marking practices, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Judging by AQA's 2015 Physics A grade boundaries (from here: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/sta...-JUNE-2015.PDF), the mark needed for an A* at A2 is very roughly 60/75 across both main exams and 39/55 for the EMPA. This equates to attaining about 80% of main exam marks and 70% of EMPA marks, so approximately 78% of all marks across the 3 exams.

What I'm getting at is this: if, say, someone were to have achieved 100% UMS at AS level, does this mean they would only have to achieve about 28% UMS at A2 (bringing overall marks earned to around 78%) to secure an A* overall? Or does AQA employ a system similar to Edexcel maths, by which certain grades must be achieved in certain A2 modules to qualify for an A*, regardless of overall score?

Thanks in advance and I apologise for the long-winded question.
2. (Original post by SnakePlissken)
Hi all,

As per the title, I have a question about AQA's marking practices, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Judging by AQA's 2015 Physics A grade boundaries (from here: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/sta...-JUNE-2015.PDF), the mark needed for an A* at A2 is very roughly 60/75 across both main exams and 39/55 for the EMPA. This equates to attaining about 80% of main exam marks and 70% of EMPA marks, so approximately 78% of all marks across the 3 exams.

What I'm getting at is this: if, say, someone were to have achieved 100% UMS at AS level, does this mean they would only have to achieve about 28% UMS at A2 (bringing overall marks earned to around 78%) to secure an A* overall? Or does AQA employ a system similar to Edexcel maths, by which certain grades must be achieved in certain A2 modules to qualify for an A*, regardless of overall score?

Thanks in advance and I apologise for the long-winded question.
You can get an A by any combination of modules, provided you get an 80% aggregate across all of the modules you sat.

An A*, however, is only achieved if you achieve an A overall plus a 90% aggregate across your A2 modules.

So, for the A*, you need to perform well in the A2 units.
3. (Original post by kingaaran)
You can get an A by any combination of modules, provided you get an 80% aggregate across all of the modules you sat.

An A*, however, is only achieved if you achieve an A overall plus a 90% aggregate across your A2 modules.

So, for the A*, you need to perform well in the A2 units.
Does the A2 EMPA count as one of the "A2 modules" or is only an average of 90% from the main written ones?
4. (Original post by Nikhilm)
Does the A2 EMPA count as one of the "A2 modules" or is only an average of 90% from the main written ones?
EMPA does count

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