UMS guidance

Wed Jul 30 12:21:00 UTC 2014

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What are UMS marks and why do we use them?

Grade boundaries are set using raw marks (the actual paper marks).

Raw mark boundaries change from series to series since exam papers can perform differently from year to year, depending on the tasks set. We're also required to review coursework and controlled assessment grade boundaries in each series to ensure standards are maintained.

Even though raw mark boundaries can vary, we have to ensure that the standard required to gain a particular unit score is the same from exam series to exam series.

The uniform mark scale is therefore used to convert students' raw marks to uniform marks. This is done to standardise the marks between different units and from year to year.

So, even though the raw mark boundaries may change, the uniform mark for each grade boundary remains the same for all examinations.

You can find the the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series on our grade boundaries page.

Summer 2014 grade boundaries will be made available from results day.

How do UMS marks contribute to the overall GCSE or A level grade?

After a student has been awarded a result, their uniform mark will be recorded in our system until their teacher requests the overall grade to be calculated and certified (cashed in).

You can find tables showing the minimum uniform marks required for each grade at unit and qualification level below.

GCSE Health and Social Care

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are as follows:

Units 1 to 4 (external assessment): 

Unit grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 80 72 64 56 48 40 32 24 16

Units 1 and 3 (controlled assessment): 

Qualification grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 120 108 96 84 72 60 48 36 24

The minimum uniform marks required for the 2HS01 (Single Award) GCSE qualification are as follows:

Qualification grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 120 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40

The minimum uniform marks required for the 2HS02 (Double Award) GCSE qualification are as follows:

Qualification grade A*A* A*A AA AB BB BC CC
Maximum uniform mark = 400 360 340 320 300 280 260 240
Qualification grade CD DD DE EE EF FF FG GG
Maximum uniform mark = 400 220 100 180 160 140 120 100 80

Applied A level Health and Social Care

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are as follows: 

Unit Max mark A* A B C D E N U
1 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
2 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
3 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
4 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
5 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
6 100   80 70 60 50 40 30 0
7 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0
8 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0
9 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0
10 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0
11 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0
12 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 0

The minimum uniform marks for each grade at cash-in are as follows: 

Qualification 
A B C D E

Advanced Subsidiary GCE

(Single Award: 8741)

240 210 180 150 120

Advanced GCE

(Single Award: 9741)

480 420 360 300 240
Qualification  AA AB BB BC CC CD DD DE EE

Advanced Subsidiary GCE

(Double Award: 8742)

480 450 420 390 360 330 300 270 240

Advanced GCE with Advanced Subsidiary (Additional)

(9743)

720 690 630 600 540 510 450 420 360

Advanced GCE

(Double Award: 9742)

960 900 840 780 720 660 600 540 450

Do you need further guidance on UMS marks?

You can download UMS and raw mark guidance here.

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I hope you found this update useful. If you have any further queries about UMS marks, please contact me at TeachingHealthandSocialCare@pearson.com.

All the best,

Kate Elsmore
Subject Advisor - Health and Social Care/Childcare
TeachingHealthandSocialCare@pearson.com

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