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    AS - I'm particularly worried for chemistry/physics grade boundaries, if they're low due to a new specification (as we have been told may happen, so the govt look good), it might be easy to get an A, but what about getting 95%+ UMS, the new breadth/depth style is fine but the amount of application needed makes it very difficult, in mock exams the highest across our whole year was 83% for chemistry and 74% for physics(breadth&depth), but what about unis such as Oxbridge which would prefer a 95% average? Some of us have kept a 90%+ average up for the whole year, but with the new specification it just drops the grades (in my schools case at least)
    I heard a while back that they just wont ask for the grades on new AS specifications because not everyone does the exam, so it would be more based on the new entrance exams.
    Anyone have an idea what will happen in terms of these universities?
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    I am pretty sure the universities will adjust their entry requirements to suit the cohort. There's no point in have 95% UMS requirements if barely anyone gets that. Universities still want students!

    I think it is difficult to predict grade boundaries at this stage. Just do your best and hopefully you will get the grades you deserve.
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    First of all the grade boundaries won't be low to make the government "look good". And it won't be "easy to get an A" - If the boundaries are low it means the top students scored lower marks than expected. Either way, roughly the same number of students should score A grades, regardless of what the boundaries are.

    The only reason they might be significantly lower this year is because it's a new specification and exams; teachers and students alike are new to the specification. There will be limited resources available for the new specifications alone making it more difficult to nail the exam technique, i.e. students won't always know what the markscheme might be looking for. You can see this by looking at the grade boundaries for the A Level papers in 2010 and comparing them with now.
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    Ah thanks, I suppose my school just worded it not so well.
    By the "easy to get an A", I meant more that whilst an A would still be as hard to get, getting a high A is much more challenging, when compared to a borderline A (grade boundary for an A in our mock was 49/70 in breadth)
    Lots of 'rumours' going around about the new spec, hard to tell what's true :P, but thanks for clearing up some of it.
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    (Original post by JN17)
    Ah thanks, I suppose my school just worded it not so well.
    By the "easy to get an A", I meant more that whilst an A would still be as hard to get, getting a high A is much more challenging, when compared to a borderline A (grade boundary for an A in our mock was 49/70 in breadth)
    Lots of 'rumours' going around about the new spec, hard to tell what's true :P, but thanks for clearing up some of it.
    I guess, just work hard and hope for the best! It's an interesting topic but don't let it distract you
 
 
 
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