A Levels

CakeLady

Goalkeeper
You only need 55% to get an A. Doesnt sound much to me (not that I ever did them like).

Just wondering what the point of them is now, seeing as you can get unconditional offers from University's without them knowing your final A Level grades?
 

anth

Winger
You only need 55% to get an A. Doesnt sound much to me (not that I ever did them like).

Just wondering what the point of them is now, seeing as you can get unconditional offers from University's without them knowing your final A Level grades?
What percentage of courses give unconditionals before you’ve done your Alevels? I bet it’s not many. Sure you can get unconditionals if your an older student and already have your results from previous years.

55% doesn’t sound like much but alevels are hard, very hard.
 

CakeLady

Goalkeeper
What percentage of courses give unconditionals before you’ve done your Alevels? I bet it’s not many. Sure you can get unconditionals if your an older student and already have your results from previous years.

55% doesn’t sound like much but alevels are hard, very hard.
I dont know tbh.... but why do Uni's offer them in the first place? Is it to get money? The ones I know of are young A Level students (so 17-18)
 

Discopants91

Striker
What percentage of courses give unconditionals before you’ve done your Alevels? I bet it’s not many. Sure you can get unconditionals if your an older student and already have your results from previous years.

55% doesn’t sound like much but alevels are hard, very hard.
Piece of piss the subjects I did, barely a step up from GCSE.
 
Not quite true, based on my experience of doing them eight years ago.

Every paper gets converted to a standardised mark.

If a paper has 100 marks and you get 70 marks, you will not necessarily get 70%.

This changes not only between papers but between subjects.

You need 80% of the standardised marks for an A, 70% for a B, 60% for a C etc.

You may be right in that you don’t need 80% of the raw marks to get 80% of the standardised marks, but that 55% you give will vary between subjects.

(All this based on my experience of doing them 8 years ago)
 

Fulwell76

Central Defender
What percentage of courses give unconditionals before you’ve done your Alevels? I bet it’s not many. Sure you can get unconditionals if your an older student and already have your results from previous years.

55% doesn’t sound like much but alevels are hard, very hard.
More about the money than the grades?
Not quite true, based on my experience of doing them eight years ago.

Every paper gets converted to a standardised mark.

If a paper has 100 marks and you get 70 marks, you will not necessarily get 70%.

This changes not only between papers but between subjects.

You need 80% of the standardised marks for an A, 70% for a B, 60% for a C etc.

You may be right in that you don’t need 80% of the raw marks to get 80% of the standardised marks, but that 55% you give will vary between subjects.

(All this based on my experience of doing them 8 years ago)
What is a standardised mark?
 
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CakeLady

Goalkeeper
Not quite true, based on my experience of doing them eight years ago.

Every paper gets converted to a standardised mark.

If a paper has 100 marks and you get 70 marks, you will not necessarily get 70%.

This changes not only between papers but between subjects.

You need 80% of the standardised marks for an A, 70% for a B, 60% for a C etc.

You may be right in that you don’t need 80% of the raw marks to get 80% of the standardised marks, but that 55% you give will vary between subjects.

(All this based on my experience of doing them 8 years ago)
Cool ta, like I say I never did them, just read something before and wondered 😊
 
Cool ta, like I say I never did them, just read something before and wondered 😊
Unless the mark methodology has changed, and it might have, they’re like the fucking dark arts.

AQA have a convertor to show how raw marks are converted to UMS.

Some subjects you can get an A with as little as 58% of the raw marks, ie that 58% gets converted to 80%, presumably because the person who did better than 79% of all other candidates got 58% of the marks.

Another subject though you need 77% of the raw marks to get 80%

 

taipeisafc

Winger
I did chemistry, biology, maths and further maths about 15 years ago. They were a huge step up from GSCE.
This, I did maths, chemistry and physics in 1990 and they were much harder than GCSE. The kids did A levels a few years back and certainly for the maths and chemistry the standards seemed higher than when I did them.
 

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