Each combination of optional papers will have its own set of grade boundaries, dependent on the level of demand of the individual papers and set following each series. A Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) will no longer be used.

This means that two students who chose different optional papers may have the same raw mark total, but a different overall grade, in some cases this may mean a student with a higher number of raw marks actually has a lower grade overall. Student raw marks can only be compared against the raw mark grade boundaries for the individual option or if both students took identical optional papers.

Students are allowed to take extra optional papers for both AS and A Level Further Maths if they wish to broaden their curriculum beyond the required number of options. If they do so then they will be awarded the best grade from all possible combinations of the optional papers taken.

Unfortunately it is no longer possible to award Additional Further Maths to those students that take extra optional papers in the reformed specification.

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