A Level grades explained

A Levels are an important qualification for many students, as they can impact university admissions and future career prospects.  

Understanding how A Level grades are calculated and what they mean is essential for any student taking these exams.  

This page will answer some common questions about A Level grading, including what grades are considered a pass, how many UCAS points an A Level is worth, and how A Level grades are calculated.  

What grades are a pass at A Level? 

A Levels are graded on a scale from A* to E, with A* being the highest grade and E being the lowest passing grade. Therefore, any grade from A* to E is considered a pass at A Level. 

However, it is important to note that some universities and courses may require specific grades for admission, so it’s best to check with your desired university before applying.  

How many UCAS points is an A Level worth? 

An A Level is worth a certain number of UCAS points, which can be used by universities and colleges to assess a student’s eligibility for admission.  

The number of UCAS points awarded for each grade is as follows: 

  • A*: 56 points 
  • A: 48 points 
  • B: 40 points 
  • C: 32 points 
  • D: 24 points 
  • E: 16 points 

These points are cumulative, so a student’s total UCAS points will depend on the number of A Levels they take and the grades they receive.  

What are the A Level grade boundaries? 

The grade boundaries for A Levels are set by exam boards each year and can vary depending on the difficulty of the exam.  

These boundaries determine the minimum mark required to achieve each grade. For example, in 2021, the grade boundaries for the A Level Maths exam were as follows: 

  • A*: 175/200 
  • A: 157/200 
  • B: 137/200 
  • C: 116/200
  • D: 95/200 
  • E: 74/200 

It’s important to note that these boundaries can change from year to year and are only released after the exam results have been published. 

How are A Levels graded? 

A Levels are graded through a combination of coursework and exams. The exact breakdown of coursework and exams will vary depending on the subject, but generally, A Level grades are determined by the student’s performance on the final exams.  

The exams are marked by trained examiners and are graded on a scale from A* to E, with each grade corresponding to a certain range of marks. 

How are A Level grades calculated? 

A Level grades are calculated by taking into account the student’s performance on the final exams, as well as any coursework or practical assessments.  

Each exam board will have its own system for calculating grades, but generally, grades are determined by assigning a certain percentage of marks to each grade.   

For example, a student who scores 90% or higher may receive an A*, while a student who scores between 70% and 79% may receive a B grade.  

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