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.
How are UCAS Tariff points used?
Some universities, colleges, and conservatoires refer to UCAS Tariff points in their course entry requirements, but this doesn’t mean they won’t consider qualifications that don’t appear on the Tariff – so make sure you check the course entry requirements carefully!
Find out what your qualifications are worth
You can look up your UCAS Tariff points by finding your qualifications in the UCAS tarriff tables (1.68 MB) (updated August 2019), or use the UCAS tariff point calculator.
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 Tariff simply uses a different set of numbers, which some course providers use to describe qualifications and grades in their entry requirements. But only one third of university courses use the Tariff, and most use qualifications and grades.
Just because a qualification is on the Tariff, doesn’t mean a course provider will accept it. Therefore, it’s really important to check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in, don’t just rely on your number of points.
There are only a certain number of qualifications on the Tariff. A uni, college, or conservatoire may accept a qualification even if it isn’t on the Tariff, so it’s best to check with them to see if they will accept your qualification. Remember, lots of course providers do not use Tariff points.
Some employers use the Tariff to help with their selection process. This is not encouraged by UCAS. If an employer uses the Tariff, it is their responsibility to ensure their information is clear and accurate. If your qualification is not on the Tariff, you should contact the employer directly to discuss your job application.
If you have any questions…
Speak to your teacher or adviser about your qualifications, grades, and higher education entry requirements. They will be able to advise you, as they understand how the Tariff points system works. If not, you can contact UCAS directly, and they can help you.