UCAS Tariff Points

What are UCAS Tariff Points?

The UCAS tariff is a points system that measures achievement across a range of qualifications.

UCAS Tariff points translate your qualifications and grades into a numerical value. Many qualifications (but not all) have a UCAS Tariff value, which will vary dependent on the qualification size, and the grade you achieved. 

It means higher education institutions can differentiate between applicants for the same subject, with different types and numbers of qualifications.

How are UCAS Tariff Points used?

Universities and colleges can also use the Tariff to set minimum entry requirements for their courses.

For example, to study Biological Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, you typically need a minimum of 280 UCAS Tariff points to secure a place on the course. This is equivalent to BB  in A level grades and two AS levels at grade C.

You will sometimes be asked to hold a certain number of points in a particular subject.

For example, if you are applying for a Mathematics degree, you may be asked to hold at least 80 points in that subject, i.e. a grade C minimum.

While the number of Tariff points you gain is important to a certain extent, the institutions you have applied to will also be taking into account other aspects of your application, such as your personal statement and your references.

Therefore, don’t worry if your qualifications do not carry Tariff points – there is still a good chance you will be accepted on to your chosen course.

Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff when making offers to prospective students, but if you’re concerned about whether you will be accepted, it’s best to get in touch with the university or college directly for more details on their entry requirements.

What qualifications are covered by the UCAS Tariff?

You can find a full list of the qualifications covered by the UCAS Tariff at the UCAS website.

New qualifications are always being added to the UCAS Tariff, so keep checking the UCAS for updates if you are studying a course that isn’t on there yet.

How do I find out what my qualifications are worth?

To see how many points each of your qualifications are worth, take a look at the UCAS Tariff tables at UCAS.com.

Not all qualifications are on the Tariff, so don’t worry if you can’t find your qualification, as a university, college, or conservatoire may still accept it. It’s a good idea to read the guidance notes in the Tariff calculator to understand how the Tariff works.

The new UCAS Points Tariff

Following a review of the UCAS Tariff in 2012, changes were made to the points system in 2017 and how it is calculated.

All courses that are currently listed on the UCAS Tariff will continue to appear. 

However, AS Levels will be calculated to be 40% of A Levels instead of the current 50%. 

To see how many points qualifications are worth, take a look at the New Tariff points tables on the UCAS website.

The changes are unlikely to affect university course entry requirements.  In turn, the new Tariff should not impact on students' qualification choices.

Further information

For more tips and advice on the UCAS Tariff and applying to university, please see: