Converting raw marks to UMS marks

Mon Aug 04 10:19:00 UTC 2014

Here we give guidance on converting your candidates' GCSE and/or GCE PE raw marks to UMS marks.

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UMS mark converter

You can download our UMS mark converter tool to convert UMS marks to raw marks and vice versa.

The UMS mark converter tool will be useful to teachers and students in the following ways:

  • to convert UMS marks to raw marks for GCSE PEGCE PE for summer 2014 (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.

The converter tool will go live for summer 2014 on results day.

Mark converter

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 are also required to review coursework and controlled assessment grade boundaries in each series to ensure that 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.

Download the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series.

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

GCSE PE

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are below.

GCSE (short course) in Physical Education

Unit 1

Unit grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 40 36 32 28 24 20 16 12 8

Unit 2

Unit grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 60 54 48 42 36 30 24 18 12

GCSE PE (full course)

Unit 1

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

Unit 2

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

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade are below.

GCSE (short course) in Physical Education, cash-in: 3PE01

Qualification grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 100 90 80 70 60 50 40
30 20

GCSE in Physical Education, cash-in: 2PE01 

Qualification grade A* A B C D E F G
Maximum uniform mark = 200 180 160 140 120 100 80
60 40

A level Physical Education

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

Units 1, 2, 3 and 4

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 100 80 70 60 50 40

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

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

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

All the best,

Penny

Penny Lewis, Physical Education and Sport subject advisor
Penny LewisPhysical Education and Sport
UK: 020 7010 2188
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2188
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