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The new A* grade

Revised A Level specifications were introduced in September 2008, with a new A* grade awarded from 2010 to those students who have achieved both of the following:

  • Grade A overall (that is 80 per cent of the maximum uniform marks for the whole A Level qualification)
  • 90 per cent of the maximum uniform marks on the aggregate of the A2 unit scores.

The A* grade is awarded for the A Level qualification only and not for the AS qualification or for individual units.

Cambridge has revised its standard offer to A*AA, as has University College London and Imperial. From 2012 Oxford requires at least one A*AA for mathematics, engineering or science degrees.

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