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Potential 1 mark difference between a B grade and an A* grade. watch

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    Consider the following scenarios, using Biology (New spec) as an example.

    Scenario ONE
    Overall AS Mark- 210 (B) 70%
    Overall A2 Mark- 270 (A) 90%
    Overall Mark- 480 (A* grade awarded, because an average of 80% has been met but an average of 90% in the A2 units has also been met.)


    Scenario TWO
    Overall AS Mark- 209 (C) 69.67%
    Overall A2 Mark- 270 (A) 90%
    Overall Mark- 479 (Which falls below the 480 needed for the A, and so hence is a B GRADE, even though 90% has been obtained at A2.)


    So in practice, there are certain situations, If I'm thinking this out right, where 1 mark could be the difference between an A* and a B.


    Am I thinking right? Or have I made some error? I'm going off the knowledge I have so far.

    For the A*, you need an average of 80%(A) across the A-Level, with 90% in A2.
    For a B, you need between 420-479 UMS.
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    You need to get 80% over the whole of the AS I believe.
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    Yes, Hippysnake, you are right. The * is going to lead to a lot of confusion, really, and it's been poorly implemented (to put it kindly). I feel that, at the very least, you should need 80%+ at AS and 90%+ at A2. I understand that the aim is to highlight achievement at A2, but if they really want to do this, then they should just leave the AEAs alone.
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    (Original post by poossum)
    You need to get 80% over the whole of the AS I believe.
    No. It's an AVERAGE of 80% across the A-Level. An A grade, or 480UMS.
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    this is a good point
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    I get it! That would be such a shame if that happened to anyone!
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    If you're averaging a C for your first year, then you've done well to pull it up to a B in your second.
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    To be fair someone who gets a C at AS is unlikely to get 90% at A2 and if they do think they can do that I guess they'd anticipate this problem and resit an AS which, with their new found work ethic and enthusiasm, they should ace.
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    I thought you needed to average 90% over the whole course but with 90% in your A2?
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    Wow. That would really suck.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    If you're averaging a C for your first year, then you've done well to pull it up to a B in your second.
    I'm not terribly worried about that.

    Lets consider a third scenario-

    AS- 210 (B)
    A2- 269 (A)
    Overall- 479 (B)

    Similar to scenario two, I think it IS possible, with alot of hardwork to go froma B at AS to a decent A at A2. In this case, the 480 average is not satisfied, so no A or A* grade. If we added one mark to to the AS, we'd get 480, but no 90% average at A2, so that would be an A. If we add one mark to the A2, we get 480 and a 90% average at A2, so that's an A*.

    I don't think 'the majority' of TSR will get anything less than a B at ASin the subjects they are aiming to get an A* in overall. So I was wondering if there could potentially be a situation where 1 mark seperated the A*/B grades.
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    (Original post by acm345)
    I thought you needed to average 90% over the whole course but with 90% in your A2?
    You thought wrong.
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    (Original post by Hippysnake)
    You thought wrong.
    ok then well that settles that. I am not even doing A-levels:rolleyes:

    Dunno why i came on the thread
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    If you're averaging a C for your first year, then you've done well to pull it up to a B in your second.
    Well it's only one mark less than the first example :confused:
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    (Original post by oo_Lucinda_oo)
    Well it's only one mark less than the first example :confused:
    That's irrelevant. There has to be an arbitrary cut-off at some point, and there will always be people with one mark lower than it.

    To go up a grade from AS to A2 is pretty good, and that's what happens in the scenario.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    That's irrelevant. There has to be an arbitrary cut-off at some point, and there will always be people with one mark lower than it.

    To go up a grade from AS to A2 is pretty good, and that's what happens in the scenario.
    No that isn't what I meant. I meant that, you made it sound a big leap to go from a C to an A, but not from one mark higher than a C to an A, when they are pretty much the same thing.

    That's all I meant.
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    That's the way the cookie crumbles I'm afraid.

    The A* is a good idea in theory, but it's been poorly implemented. They should introduce A* at AS too.
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    dang i didnt know it was this complicated

    i thought what you needed was 90% average over the whole A-level
    in that case i might have needed to get nearly full marks in A2 so average would be about 90%

    well looking at this i'm a lot more relieved - i can really work for the A2
    and forget about AS - i think i should have gotten above 80% in them
    so only focus to get 90% or higher in A2
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    There's too many numbers involved :lolwut:. But I see your point, and although it is harsh, someone will be one point lower than another grade, and still feel just as crushed.
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    (Original post by jonnyofengland)
    If you're averaging a C for your first year, then you've done well to pull it up to a B in your second.

    not overly, i know loads of people ( me included) that did so much better at A2 than As
 
 
 
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