UMS guidance

Mon Aug 12 14:48:00 UTC 2013

Read more for guidance for teachers on UMS marks and how to convert them to raw marks. 

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Do you need help understanding UMS marks?

From results day you'll be able to download our mark converter tool to convert UMS marks to raw marks and vice versa.

We anticipate that the mark converter tool will be useful to teachers and students in the following ways:

  • to convert UMS marks to raw marks on results day
  • to convert teacher-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when teachers are marking mock exams using past papers
  • to convert self-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when students are revising for future exams using past papers.

Download our UMS mark converter tool.

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.

Read more about the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series.

Summer 2013 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 (cash-in).

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

GCSE History

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

Units 1 to 4        
Unit grade A* A B C
Maximum uniform mark = 100 90 80 70 60
Units 1 to 4        
Unit grade D E F
G
Maximum uniform mark = 100 50 40 30 20

The minimum uniform marks required for the full GCSE qualification are as follows: 

Qualification grade A* A B C
Maximum uniform mark = 100 360 320 280 240
Qualification grade D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 100 200 160 120 80

A level History

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

AS Units 1 and 2          
Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 100 80 70 60 50 40
A2 Unit 3          
Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 120 96 84 72 60 48
A2 Unit 4
         
Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 80 64 56 48 40 32

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

Qualification grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 200 160 140 120 100 80

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

Qualification grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 400 320 280 240 200 160

Do you need further guidance on UMS marks?

Download detailed subject-specific UMS mark guidance for GCSE History

Download detailed subject-specific UMS mark guidance for A level History.

I hope you found this update useful. If you have any further queries about UMS marks please contact me.

Regards,

Mark

Mark Battye, History subject advisor
Mark BattyeHistory
UK: 020 7010 2186
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2186
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