UCAS Tariff

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The UCAS Points System is a means of differentiating students based upon grades from various post-GCSE qualifications. It is used as a means of giving students from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland places at UK universities.

The system is not universally used by British universities. In 2010, only 4% of universities used UCAS Tariffs in their offers for all their courses, while 29% of universities didn't use UCAS Tariffs for any of their courses.[1]

Students and schools are often not given calculated UCAS points, and so this has to be calculated manually. Two common ways for UCAS points to be calculated are through the official tariff tables, or through third-party software, such as UCAS calculator.

Points system[edit]

The points range from 5 points for a pass at Grade 6 music theory, up to 768 points for a perfect score in the International Baccalaureate diploma. The following qualifications can count towards the tariff:

GCE qualifications[edit]

  • GCE A levels
    • Ranging from 40 (Grade E) to 140 (Grade A*)
A level UCAS points table[2]
Grade UCAS Points
A* 140
A 120
B 100
C 80
D 60
E 40
  • GCE AS levels
    • Ranging from 20 (Grade E) to 60 (Grade A)
AS level UCAS points table
Grade UCAS points
A 60
B 50
C 40
D 30
E 20
  • AVCEs
    • Ranging from 80 (Grade EE) to 240 (Grade AA)

International Baccalaureate[edit]

  • Higher Level subjects
    • Ranging from 20 (Level 3) to 130 (Level 7)
  • Standard Level subjects
    • Ranging from 13 (Level 3) to 86 (Level 7)
  • TOK and EE bonus points
    • Ranging from 10 (0 points) to 120 (3 points)
  • Full Diploma
    • Using the criteria mentioned above, the points are given on a linear scale, ranging from 280 (24 points) to 768 (45 points)

NB: Candidates are not given points based on individual subjects, but on the total score. However, the individual point scores show how the points for the full diploma are made up. For example, given that a score of 45 is made by attaining 7+7+7+7+7+7+3, the tariff is 130+130+130+86+86+86+120=768. Scores lower than 45 are matched on a linear scale all the way down to 24 points.

The UCAS tariff for the IB is not for use until 2008 entry, and is subject to change with the introduction of the new, 4 unit A-level in 2008.

Advanced Placement Exams[edit]

  • Group A subjects (Hard sciences, Calculus, Languages, History)
    • 120 points for a 5, 90 points for a 4, 60 points for a 3
  • Group B subjects (all the others)
    • 50 points for a 5, 35 points for a 4, 20 points for a 3

BTECs[edit]

  • National Award
    • Ranging from 40 (Pass) to 120 (Distinction)
  • National Certificate
    • Ranging from 80 (Double Pass) to 240 (Double Distinction)
  • National Diploma
    • Ranging from 120 (Triple Pass) to 360 (Triple Distinction)
  • Early Years Theory Certificate
    • Ranging from 40 (Double Pass) to 200 (Double Distinction)
  • Early Years Theory Diploma
    • Ranging from 80 (Triple Pass) to 320 (Triple Distinction)
  • Early Years Practical
    • Ranging from 40 (Pass) to 120 (Distinction)

Irish Leaving Certificate[edit]

  • Higher Level
    • Ranging from 20 (D3 Grade) to 90 (A1 Grades)
  • Ordinary Level
    • Ranging from 7 (B3 Grade) to 39 (A1 Grade)

Scottish Qualifications Authority Qualifications[edit]

Advanced Highers UCAS points table[2]
Grade UCAS Points
A 130
B 110
C 90
D 72
  • SQC Nationals Higher
    • Ranging from 36 (Grade D) to 80 (Grade A)
Highers UCAS points table
Grade UCAS points
A 80
B 65
C 50
D 36

CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Early Years[edit]

  • Theory
    • Ranging from 80 (Grade EE) to 240 (Grade AA)
  • Practical
    • Ranging from 40 (Grade E) to 120 (Grade A)

Music exams[edit]

These are only counted if at grade 6 or above.

  • Theory
    • Ranging from 5 points (Grade 6 Pass) to 35 (Grade 8 Distinction)
  • Practical
    • Ranging from 25 (Grade 6 Pass) to 75 (Grade 8 Distinction)

Speech & Drama exams[edit]

These are only counted if at grade 6 or above.

  • Ranging from 20 points (Grade 6 Pass) to 65 (Grade 8 Distinction)
  • Individuals who complete the LAMDA Certificate in Performance Studies with merit or distinction can earn more points than are available for graded exams (80 for merit, 90 for distinction)

Core and Key Skills[edit]

  • Core Skills
    • Either 10 points for an Intermediate qualification or 20 for a higher qualification
  • Key Skills
    • Ranges from 10 for a Level 2 qualification up to 30 for a Level 4 qualification

Other[edit]

  • A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is worth 120 points
  • An Advanced Extension Award can either be worth 20 for a Merit or 40 for a distinction (this is on top of the A level tariff)
  • Foundation Art and Design ranges from 165 for a pass to 285 for a distinction
  • Free-standing Mathematics Qualifications points range from 7 points for a grade E up to 20 points for a grade A.
  • ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness CoPE, Level 3, offers 70 points.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCAS Tariff Q&A and myth busters". UCAS. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "UCAS - Tariff Tables - GCE and VCE". ucas.com. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010. See GCE and VCE tariff table 

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