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 Post subject: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:40 am 
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Could anyone tell me if it is possible to get an A* at AS level or is this only possible at A2?

What AS grade (or UMS/ % ) is needed at AS to achieve A or higher at A2- I am trying to find this out for my SIL to help motivate her DS who is ambitious but rather laid back!!!

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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:39 am 
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You cannot achieve an A* at As level. 80% UMS and above is an A. In order to gain an A, you need to have total ums marks of 80% when reults from both AS and A2s are added together. In order to gain an A*, you need an average over the two years of 80% BUT UMS marks in the subject have to be 90% or over in your A2 exams. (are you following !)

So the exact marks achieved at AS do not have the effect your post seems to suggest. You will be applying for university with AS marks though, so the higher they are, the better it looks . The most important point to motivate a teenager though is that the more UMS marks under your belt after AS, the fewer you have to gain in A2 in order to gain an A as the marks are aggregated over the two years. You still have to get 90% in A2 to get A* though.

Re-sits of AS to bump up marks are fine but too many would not be so good in the eyes of the more competitive universities. In addition, time spent revising old work when you should be going forward with A2 work is not helpful (unless a skills-based subject like languages).


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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:03 am 
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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:03 am 
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Belinda - you added the Maths bit(correctly!) which nearly everyone gets wrong ..

Please be aware that AS grades now have to be cashed and declared on the UCAS form.


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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:09 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:23 pm 
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I know what you mean about grade boundaries - here are the 80 UMS boundaries for C3 (mark /75)
Jun 2005 61
Jan 2006 61
Jun 2006 56
Jan 2007 58
Jun 2007 59
Jan 2008 64
Jun 2008 64
Jan 2009 60
Jun 2009 67
Jan 2010 59
Jun 2010 62
Jan 2011 61
Jun 2011 65


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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:11 pm 
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C4 boundaries for 80 UMS are even less predictable - see Jan 2011 :shock:

Jun 2005 52
Jan 2006 61
Jun 2006 58
Jan 2007 58
Jun 2007 58
Jan 2008 55
Jun 2008 57
Jan 2009 59
Jun 2009 58
Jan 2010 61
Jun 2010 60
Jan 2011 69
Jun 2011 61


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 Post subject: Re: AS grades
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:43 pm 
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