Higher Education Entry Requirements (UCAS Tariff)

Below you will find information on how the Higher Education entry requirements UCAS Tariff works and operates and what you need to do.

How does the UCAS tariff work?

It is a points system used to report achievement for entry requirements to higher education (HE) in a numerical format. The tables establish agreed equivalencies between different types of qualifications. It provides comparisons between applicants with different types and volumes of achievement.
Points can be aggregated from the different qualifications included in the Tariff.
There is no ceiling to the number of points which can be accumulated.
There is no double counting – applicants cannot count the same or similar qualifications twice.
Achievement at a lower level will be subsumed into the higher level, i.e. AS points will be subsumed into the A level points for the same subject.
The same principle applies to Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers, VCE A levels and Double Awards, Key Skills and Music Awards at different Levels or grades.
All certificated Key Skills in Application of Number, Communication and IT will attract points whether achieved through proxy or not.
The points shown are for the BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma introduced into centres from September 2002
Further information on OCR grades and Tariff points can be found on the UCAS website
The points for Advanced and Progression Diplomas come into effect for entry to Higher Education from 2010. Advanced Diploma = Progression Diploma plus Additional & Specialist Learning (ASL). Tariff points have not yet been award for grade A*
For Tariff score for Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL) see the appropriate qualification. ASL can contribute a maximum of 120 points to the overall Tariff score for the Advanced Diploma
The points for the International Baccalaureate (IB) are awarded to candidates who achieve the IB Diploma
Points for the AAT Level 3 NVQ in Accounting come into effect for entry to Higher Education in 2009 onwards

A Guide to Higher Education Qualifications