• Calculating UCAS Points

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Introduction:

If you have come to this place, you are probably clueless on how to calculate how many UCAS points you have.

The UCAS Tariff is a means of allocating points to compare post-16 qualifications used for entry to higher education.

It was developed to help learners make sensible application choices and to provide information to universities and colleges about a wide range of qualifications.

The UCAS tariff allocates a numerical score to a range of qualifications and attainments, establishing equivalence between them and allowing the aggregation of scores from many different qualifications. It became available in 2002 for universities to use in making their offers of places, but not all universities are using it. Some do not agree with the equivalences and weights determined by UCAS while others simply prefer to make offers based on specific grades in specific subjects. In general, universities that appear higher up the League Table are less likely to use the UCAS tariff in making their offers. Even those using it are likely to require specific grades in certain key subjects as well as an overall tariff score.


How many UCAS points do I have?

So, you are wondering, how many UCAS points you have? This is very simple to find out. There are many ways to calculate or find the number of UCAS points you currently have, by asking your teachers, looking up UCAS tarrif tables and so forth.

The two main ways to calculate your UCAS points is via tables or a calculator. It is often easier to use a UCAS calculator.


By using a table: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/explore-your-options/entry-requirements/tariff-tables

By using a UCAS calculator: http://alan.co.uk/ucas


If you do not have a computer, I recommend that you download the UCAS calculator mobile applications for free (available for iOS and Android):

iOS (iPhone/iPad): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ucas-calculator/id686994320?ls=1&mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.uk.alan.ucascalc


How many UCAS points do I need?

This varies depending on the university and course. You can usually find the standard entry requirements on your university's website.

You could also check out the average UCAS points of successful applicants, however a lot of these statistics are bias; and so you should not be necessarily put off by these statistics.

A few things to note...

  • Not all qualifications attract UCAS Tariff points for various reasons. The university or college you're interested in may accept your qualifications as an appropriate entry route even if they don't attract UCAS Tariff points.
  • Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff. Around half of all course entry requirements make reference to the Tariff.
  • Use of the Tariff varies – some universities and colleges will list their entry requirements and make offers using only Tariff points, some will ask for specific qualifications and a set amount of Tariff points and some will request Tariff points only from specific qualifications.
  • Tariff points are allocated to the highest level of achievement. This means that you can’t double count AS levels if you have the full A level in the same subject.
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