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