The UCAS Board has decided to suspend the assessment of new qualifications1 for inclusion in the UCAS Tariff whilst the Qualifications Information Review is underway.
This will not adversely affect applicants currently applying or considering applying via the UCAS application process. UCAS analysis2 shows that the majority of applications made to full-time undergraduate courses are submitted using qualifications that already attract UCAS Tariff points. Applicants with qualifications that do not attract UCAS Tariff points should, as at present, discuss their personal circumstances with their chosen institutions3.
The Board's decision does not affect any qualifications which already attract Tariff points, or any information published by universities and colleges about their use of Tariff points for setting entry requirements to higher education courses or for making offers.
UCAS is currently undertaking a review of the information about qualifications needed by universities and colleges and learners to inform fair admissions4. Initial findings will be available in late 2011 and will inform the future of the UCAS Tariff. For further information on the Review please go to www.ucas.com/qireview
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1Qualifications that meet the following criteria will be considered for inclusion on the tariff during 2011:
2For year-of-entry 2010, 96 per cent of qualification types used by more than 50 applicants in applications to full-time undergraduate courses attracted UCAS Tariff points.
3For applicants using qualifications that are not currently in the Tariff - such as those within some Apprenticeship frameworks - the application process remains unchanged. Applicants should continue to check specific entry requirements using Course Search on www.ucas.com, and speak with the admissions office at the relevant institution to determine whether their qualifications are suitable for the courses they have chosen.
4UCAS is undertaking a review of qualifications information throughout 2011 that aims to: