We know, we know: the whole UCAS points thing can seem intimidating, but it’s actually pretty simple – it’s a means of allocating a numerical value to your qualifications, in order for universities and colleges to set entry requirements and make conditional offers. A minimum amount of UCAS points will be required for any course, and if your expected grades meet these, you may be given a conditional offer.
How do I know how many UCAS points I have?
For A-levels, it’s pretty simple to figure out your points value using the chart below:
A Level Grade
However, A-levels aren’t the only qualifications that will count towards your total – other accredited courses such as our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce also carry a UCAS points value, along with other vocational courses such as BTECs. If you aren’t sure what points value a course you’re studying carries, the best thing you can do is check the official UCAS Tariff calculator. It’s worth noting, however, that not all qualifications will appear on the tariff, so if you can’t find your qualification, it doesn’t mean a college or university won’t accept it – it’s still worth checking.
Didn’t the UCAS Tarrif used to be different?
Yes, you’re not imagining it – a new Tarrif was implemented for students applying to start uni in 2017. This was simply to make the system clearer, and also because of the rise of vocational qualifications – something not taken into consideration previously.
Do all universities use the UCAS Tariff in their entry requirements?
They don’t, some simply list grades instead – arguably a simpler system! If you aren’t sure what the entry requirements are for your desired course, or what subjects you’ll need to study, you can find out with this handy tool. For more information, visit the UCAS website.