Applied Generals Uniform Mark Conversion
The relationship between raw marks, uniform marks (UMS) and grades for each unit, and the entire qualification, is explained in depth in the ‘Grading’ section of the individual specifications.
Converting raw marks to UMS
You can convert raw marks to UMS and view the grade boundaries in our spreadsheet.
External assignments and centre assessments
For each external assignment (Applied Business only) and centre assessment the maximum mark is 25. Students’ marks are multiplied by four to be converted into uniform marks. This means that students with the same grade on a unit may not have the same number of uniform marks.
In external exams the conversion to uniform marks is dependent on the positions of the raw mark grade boundaries. This means that a student with a raw mark well above a grade boundary will receive a higher uniform mark than a student closer to the boundary.
The tables on the grade boundaries worksheet of the spreadsheet contain the conversion points used to calculate uniform marks. The conversion points are the three grade boundaries, the zero point, the maximum point and the cap. A straight-line graph is drawn between consecutive points to convert the grades to uniform marks.
The final grade for the qualification is calculated by adding together the uniform marks for all the required units and then using the tables in the ‘Grading’ section of that specification to convert the total into a grade.
Notional N grade
The rule that all students must pass every unit in order to pass the qualification has been relaxed slightly. A student may now pass the qualification if he/she has the required total number of uniform marks and no more than one N grade in the Certificate or two N grades in the Extended Certificate. A notional N (near-miss) will be awarded on all units when the student has a uniform mark of between 30 and 39. The notional N is not set in terms of raw marks.