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Hi,

I did my A-Level Equivalent outside the UK, where we had a % based system (GPA). I was just wondering how are grades awared in the UK, i.e. how marks in different bands correspond to the grades. Say, 70+ = A, 60 - 70 = B, etc.

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All raw marks you achieve in coursework or exams are standardised to give a UMS score. 80% UMS is an A, 70% is a B, 60% is a C, 50% is a D, and 40% is an E. Anything less than 40% is a U (a fail). Then each subject is marked out of 600 UMS for the whole A level, and it works the same way - 80% (so 480/600) is an A etc. Starting this year, A* is being introduced, where I think you need 90% in all A2 modules to get the A*, or something like that. It doesn't apply to me so I don't know much about it. Hope this helps.
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you need 90% in ALL A2 MODULES? i thought just overall..
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I'm not sure... I let the examiners and my teacher work it out! x
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90% in A2 modules are just....amazing
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I'm pretty sure it's just 90% overall in A2, and an A at AS-level.
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what. i thought u need 540/600.
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No, that'd be 90% over the whole A-Level.. look in the TSR Wiki article about this (y) It says you need an A at AS-level, and 90% overall at A2.
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alright.
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Thanks a ton..

Whats the difference between A-Levels and A2 or I assume A2 is a part of A-Levels? Also does your A-Level curriculum last for 1 year (given that you pass all subjects) and is there a minimum number of subjects you need to undertake at A-Levels
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(Original post by consultant_2_b)
Thanks a ton..

Whats the difference between A-Levels and A2 or I assume A2 is a part of A-Levels? Also does your A-Level curriculum last for 1 year (given that you pass all subjects) and is there a minimum number of subjects you need to undertake at A-Levels
A-levels last for two years. The first year is called AS, and the second year is called A2. AS is required for A2. There's no minimum as such, but universities will generally require at least three subjects at A2. Students can also drop a subject after AS if they want, without continuing to complete the whole A-level, so an AS can be thought of as half an A-level.
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