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    Why is the percentage required for first class (the highest grade) only 70% where getting 70% at A-Level/GCSE would only get you a B (the third highest grade)?
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    Because it is harder to get 70% at uni than during A levels
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    Because A levels require you to memorise and university requires you to analyse. Much more difficult.
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    As others have said, it's much harder to get 70% in a university exam compared to A Level exams. At A Level, the questions come from the syllabus, so in theory getting good grades just requires you to memorise the textbook. However, at university level questions are mostly unseen stuff - you have to apply what you've learned in lectures to new situations, you can't simply recite answers from a textbook.
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    Also UMS points. The UMS score you are awarded at A-level will always be higher than the actual score you got in the exam because of the maximum mark cap/adjustment. University generally doesn't have any kind of adjustment system (meaning you will just be looking at raw percentages).
 
 
 
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