Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Article: UCAS points are changing: so will it be harder to get into uni in 2017? Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Here's our new FAQ on the new UCAS points that you'll be using if you apply to this September.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/cont...to-uni-in-2017

    For information on the A-level reforms

    For applying to uni advice, this forum is a great place to start :)

    You can also check out our BETA course search tool

    And check out our applying to uni advice and articles
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    A more manageable number lol?

    Who's too stupid to add up 120 three times?
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Death Grips)
    A more manageable number lol?

    Who's too stupid to add up 120 three times?
    It does sound a bit silly, but the decisions were made by UCAS, not TSR! The main change for most students will be the relative points for A-levels and AS levels, anyway.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    The new system won't apply to students finishing a-levels this year, if I've read it right.

    And the 40/60 weighting compounded by new numbers like 48 just makes the points system quite utterly stupid.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    So if it's 48 does it go up by 12s I assume?

    60 - A*
    48 - A
    36 - B
    24 - C
    12 - D

    That makes sense considering although E is a pass, no uni wants to take a student who got 3 Es at a level.

    So like 180 is the most a uni could ask for (or maybe 240 if they want 4 A levels rather than the norm 3).

    The old system was better with the rounded numbers, those are easier to add up. But this new system could work. They're all even numbers at least. There isn't any need for them to be such big numbers in the first place.
    • Welcome Squad
    Online

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Welcome Squad
    Just had a look on the UCAS tool and:

    E: 16
    D: 24
    C: 32
    B: 40
    A: 48
    A*: 56

    More manageable numbers, yes - but it'll take a while to get used to!
    • Very Important Poster
    • PS Reviewer
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    PS Reviewer
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    The main reason for the change was to streamline the process of assigning points to new qualifications.

    Exam boards used to have to pay UCAS a large fee then wait years for tariffs to be assigned. That left a lot of common qualifications untariffed (which lead to students choosing other qualifications or incorrectly believing that universities wouldn't accept the qualifications for entry) including pretty much all international qualifications aside from IB.

    The new scheme should allow UCAS to add qualifications to the tariffs quickly and simply without a huge fee attached. Expect to see the french bacc, the greek/cypriot apolytariat (sp?), US APs and a whole bunch of other qualifications be granted tariff points in the near future.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Death Grips)
    A more manageable number lol?

    Who's too stupid to add up 120 three times?
    You'd be surprised.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Would you like to hibernate through the winter months?
    Applying to uni

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Graduates celebrate

    How to write a good personal statement

    Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

    Two students working together

    A-Z of universities

    Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

    A student working on a computer

    Personal statement help

    Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student looking down a microscope

    Planning open days

    Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

    Help out other students

    These questions still need an answer

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.