Tariff tables

Find out how many points your qualifications are awarded

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  • Expert Group Reports include details of the qualifications seeking inclusion in the Tariff and the qualification against which it has been benchmarked, the process involved and the recommendations reached.
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More information about the Tariff

A levels and AS – GCE & VCE

Grade Tariff points
GCE & AVCE Double Award A level with additional AS (9 units) GCE A level and AVCE GCE AS Double Award GCE AS & AS VCE  
A*A*         280
A*A         260
AA         240
AB         220
BB A*A       200
BC AA       180
  AB       170
CC         160
  BB       150
CD BC A*     140
DD CC A AA   120
  CD   AB   110
DE   B BB   100
  DD   BC   90
EE DE C CC   80
      CD   70
  EE D DD A 60
      DE B 50
    E EE C 40
        D 30
        E 20

Read a summary of GCE Advanced levels and access the full Expert Group report.

Read a summary of GCE Advanced Subsidiary levels and access the full Expert Group report

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF)

AAT NVQ Level 3 in Accounting

Advanced Extension Awards

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 40
Merit 20

Points for Advanced Extension Awards are over and above those gained from A level.

Read a summary of Advanced Extension Awards and access the full Expert Group report

Advanced Placement Programme (US & Canada)

Arts Award (Gold)

Grade Tariff points
Pass 35

Read a summary of the Arts Award (Gold)

ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualifications

ASDAN Level 3 Award of Personal Effectiveness (QCF) (AoPE)

Grade Tariff points
Pass 30

Points for the ASDAN AoPE come into effect for entry into higher education from 2013 onwards.
For the Tariff points for the ASDAN CoPE, please see 'Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)', or for the Tariff points for Key Skills, see 'Key Skills' below.

Read a summary of the ASDAN Award of Personal Effectiveness

Asset Languages Advanced Stage

  Grade 12 Grade 11 Grade 10
Speaking 28 20 12
Listening 25 18 11
Reading 25 18 11
Writing 25 18 11

Read a summary of the Asset Languages Advanced Stage

British Horse Society

Grade Tariff points
Stage 3 Horse Knowledge & Care  
Pass 35
Stage 3 Riding  
Pass 35
Preliminary Teacher's Certificate  
Pass 35

Read a summary of British Horse Society / Equestrian Qualifications and access the full Expert Group report

BTEC Awards (NQF) (excluding BTEC National qualifications)

Grade Tariff points
  Group A Group B Group C
Distinction 20 30 40
Merit 13 20 26
Pass 7 10 13

Read a summary of the BTEC Awards and details of the subjects covered by each group

BTEC Certificates and Extended Certificates (NQF) (excluding BTEC National qualifications)

Grade Tariff points
  Group A Group B Group C Group D Extended Certificates
Distinction 40 60 80 100 60
Merit 26 40 52 65 40
Pass 13 20 26 35 20

Read a summary of the BTEC Certificates and Extended Certificates and details of the subjects covered by each group

BTEC Diplomas (NQF) (excluding BTEC National qualifications)

Grade Tariff points
  Group A Group B Group C
Distinction 80 100 120
Merit 52 65 80
Pass 26 35 40

Read a summary of the BTEC Diplomas and details of the subjects covered by each group

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development (NQF)

Grade   Tariff points
Diploma Certificate Subsidiary Certificate Award Subsidiary Award  
D*D*D*         420
D*D*D         400
D*DD         380
DDD         360
DDM         320
DMM D*D*       280
  D*D       260
MMM DD       240
    D*D*     210
MMP DM D*D     200
    DD     180
MPP MM DM     160
      D*   140
PPP MP MM D   120
    MP     100
  PP   M   80
        D* 70
    PP   D 60
      P M 40
        P 20

Points for the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development (NQF) came into effect for entry into higher education from 2013 onwards.

Read a summary of the BTEC Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development

BTEC National in Early Years (NQF)

Grade Tariff points
Theory   Practical  
Diploma Certificate    
DDD     320
DDM     280
DMM     240
MMM     220
  DD   200
MMP DM   160
MPP MM D 120
PPP MP M 80
  PP P 40

Points apply to the following qualifications only: BTEC National Diploma in Early Years (100/1279/5); BTEC National Certificate in Early Years (100/1280/1). The certification end date for these qualifications is 31 August 2010. For any other BTEC Early Years qualification, the BTEC Nationals score below applies.

Read a summary of the BTEC National in Early Years and access the full Expert Group report

BTEC Nationals (NQF)

Grade     Tariff points
Diploma Certificate Award  
DDD     360
DDM     320
DMM     280
MMM DD   240
MMP DM   200
MPP MM   160
PPP MP D 120
  PP M 80
    P 40

Read a summary of BTEC Nationals and access the full Expert Group report

BTEC qualifications (QCF) (Suite of qualifications known as Nationals)

Grade Tariff points
Extended Diploma Diploma 90 credit Diploma Subsidiary Diploma Certificate  
D*D*D*         420
D*D*D         400
D*DD         380
DDD         360
DDM         320
DMM D*D*       280
  D*D       260
MMM DD       240
    D*D*     210
MMP DM D*D     200
    DD     180
MPP MM DM     160
      D*   140
PPP MP MM D   120
    MP     100
  PP   M   80
        D* 70
    PP   D 60
      P M 40
        P 20

Read a summary of the BTEC Nationals (QCF) Qualifications and details of the subjects included in the BTEC Nationals (QCF) and access the full Expert Group report

BTEC specialist (QCF)

Grade Tariff points
  Diploma Certificate Award
Distinction 120 60 20
Merit 80 40 13
Pass 40 20 7

Read a summary of the BTEC specialist (QCF) qualifications

CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care & Education

Grade Tariff points Grade Tariff points Grade Tariff points
Award Certificate Diploma
A 30 A 110 A 360
B 25 B 90 B 300
C 20 C 70 C 240
D 15 D 55 D 180
E 10 E 35 E 120

Read a summary of the CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care & Education and access the full Expert Group report

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)

Cambridge ESOL Examinations

Grade Tariff points
Certificate of Proficiency in English Certificate in Advanced English  
A   140
B   110
C A 70

Read a summary of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

Cambridge Pre-U

Grade Principal Subject Global Perspectives and Research Short Course
D1 To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
D2 145 140 To be confirmed
D3 130 126 60
M1 115 112 53
M2 101 98 46
M3 87 84 39
P1 73 70 32
P2 59 56 26
P3 46 42 20

Read a summary of the Cambridge Pre-U and access the full Expert Group report

Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)

CISI Introduction to Securities and Investment

Grade Tariff points
Pass with Distinction 60
Pass with Merit 40
Pass 20

Read a summary of the CISI Introduction to Securities and Investment and access the full Expert Group report

CISI Level 3 Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment (from September 2014)

Grade Tariff points
A 60
B 50
C 40
D 30
E 20

 

CISI Level 3 Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment

Grade Tariff points
A 120
B 100
C 80
D 60
E 40

 

City and Guilds Land Based Services Level 3 qualifications

Grade Tariff points
  Extended Diploma Diploma 90 Credit Diploma Subsidiary Diploma Certificate
Distinction* 420 280 210 140 70
Distinction 360 240 180 120 60
Merit 240 160 120 80 40
Pass 120 80 60 40 20

Read a summary of the City and Guilds Land Based Services level 3 qualifications suite (QCF), access the full Expert Group report and details of the subjects included

Diploma in Fashion Retail

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 160
Merit 120
Pass 80

Applies to NQF and QCF versions of the qualification awarded by ABC Awards.

Read a summary of the Diploma in Fashion Retail and access the full Expert Group report

Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design & Media)

Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra (NQF)

Grade Tariff points
Pass 7

Edexcel Level 3 Award in Statistical Methods (NQF)

Grade Tariff points
Pass 7

Essential Skills (Northern Ireland)

Grade Tariff points
Level 2 10

For admission to HE from 2011 onwards, UCAS Tariff points will only be allocated to level 2 qualifications if both the following criteria are met:

  • They are broad skills qualifications – Core Skills, Essential Skills, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills, Key Skills.
  • They are being studied as part of a wider composite qualification, such as 14-19 Diplomas or Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Essential Skills Wales (including Wider Essential Skills Wales)

Grade Tariff points
Level 4 30
Level 3 20
Level 2 10

For admission to HE from 2011 onwards, UCAS Tariff points will only be allocated to level 2 qualifications if both the following criteria are met:

  • They are broad skills qualifications – Core Skills, Essential Skills, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills, Key Skills.
  • They are being studied as part of a wider composite qualification, such as 14-19 Diplomas or Welsh Baccalaureate.

Essential Skills Wales at levels 3 and 4 will continue to attract Tariff points in their own right. 

Extended Project (Stand alone)

Grade Tariff points
A* 70
A 60
B 50
C 40
D 30
E 20

Points cannot be counted if taken as part of Progression / Advanced Diploma. 

Free-standing Mathematics qualifications

Grade Tariff points
A 20
B 17
C 13
D 10
E 7

Covers free-standing Mathematics – Additional Maths, Using and applying Statistics, Working with Algebraic and Graphical Techniques, Modelling with Calculus. 

Functional Skills

Grade Tariff points
Level 2 10

For admission to HE from 2011 onwards, UCAS Tariff points will only be allocated to level 2 qualifications if both the following criteria are met:

  • They are broad skills qualifications – Core Skills, Essential Skills, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills, Key Skills.

  • They are being studied as part of a wider composite qualification, such as 14-19 Diplomas or Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Graded Dance and Vocational Graded Dance

Graded dance     Vocational graded dance   Tariff points
Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6 Advanced Foundation Intermediate  
      Distinction   70
Distinction       Distinction 65
Merit Distinction   Merit   55
        Merit 50
Pass Merit   Pass   45
    Distinction   Pass 40
  Pass Merit     35
    Pass     20

Read a summary of Graded Dance and Vocational Graded Dance and access the full Expert Group report.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Grade Tariff points
All subjects except Mathematics Mathematics compulsory component Mathematics optional components
5** 145 65 80
5* 130 60 70
5 120 45 60
4 80 35 50
3 40 25 40

Read a summary of Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education and access the full Expert Group report

ifs School of Finance

Grade Tariff points
Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) (QCF) Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) (QCF)  
  A* 140
  A 120
  B 100
  C 80
A*   70
A D 60
B   50
C 40
D   30
E   20

iMedia

Grade Tariff points
Diploma** 66
Certificate** 40

*Awarded by OCR.

**Tariff points for the OCR Creative iMedia QCF qualifications are included in the Tariff on a provisional basis at the same level as the NQF iMedia qualifications. UCAS are currently reviewing whether the Tariff points for the QCF versions should be increased. 

Read a summary of iMedia and access the full Expert Group report

International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate

Higher Level Standard Level Core requirements*
Grade Tariff points Grade Tariff points Grade Tariff points
7 130 7 70 3 120
6 110 6 59 2 80
5 80 5 43 1 40
4 50 4 27 0 10
3 20 3 11    

*Students who register for an IB Diploma but do not successfully complete all elements can achieve Tariff points from their achievement in individual Certificates and the Core requirements of the Diploma curriculum (extended essay, theory of knowledge (TOK) and creativity, action, service (CAS).

Read a summary of the International Baccalaureate Certificate

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

IB Diploma points UCAS Tariff
45 720
44 698
43 676
42 654
41 632
40 611
39 589
38 567
37 545
36 523
35 501
34 479
33 457
32 435
31 413
30 392
29 370
28 348
27 326
26 304
25 282
24 260

Read a summary of the International Baccalaureate Diploma and access the full Expert Group report

International Baccalaureate (IB) Extended Essay

Grade Tariff points
A 60
B 50
C 40
D 30
E 20

International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge

Grade Tariff points
A 60
B 50
C 40
D 30
E 20

 

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade   Tariff points
Higher Ordinary  
A1   90
A2   77
B1   71
B2   64
B3   58
C1   52
C2   45
C3 A1 39
D1   33
D2 A2 26
D3 B1 20
  B2 14
  B3 7

Read a summary of the Irish Leaving Certificate and access the full Expert Group report

IT Professionals (iPRO)

Grade Tariff points
Diploma 100
Certificate 80

Awarded by OCR.

Read a summary of the IT Professionals (iPRO) and access the full Expert Group report

Key Skills

Grade Tariff points
Level 4 30
Level 3 20
Level 2 10

For admission to HE from 2011 onwards, UCAS Tariff points will only be allocated to level 2 qualifications if both the following criteria are met:

  • They are broad skills qualifications – Core Skills, Essential Skills, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills, Key Skills.
  • They are being studied as part of a wider composite qualification, such as 14-19 Diplomas or Welsh Baccalaureate.

Key Skills at levels 3 and 4 will continue to attract Tariff points in their own right. 

Music Examinations

Practical Theory Tariff points
Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6 Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6  
Distinction           75
Merit           70
  Distinction         60
Pass Merit         55
    Distinction       45
  Pass Merit       40
      Distinction     30
    Pass Merit     25
      Pass Distinction   20
        Merit Distinction 15
        Pass Merit 10
          Pass 5

Points shown are for the ABRSM, LCMM/UWL, Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall/Trinity College London Advanced Level music examinations.

Read a summary of the Music Examinations and access the full Expert Group report

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical

Grade Tariff points
Extended Diploma Diploma Subsidiary Diploma Introductory Diploma Certificate  
D*D*D*         420
D*D*D         400
D*DD         380
DDD         360
DDM         320
DMM D*D*       280
  D*D       260
MMM DD       240
    D*D     210
MMP DM D*D     200
    DD     180
MPP MM DM     160
      D*   140
PPP MP MM D   120
    MP     100
  PP   M   80
        D* 70
    PP   D 60
      P M 40
        P 20

Read a summary of the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications

OCR Level 3 Certificate for Young Enterprise

OCR Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering

OCR Nationals

Grade Tariff points
National Extended Diploma National Diploma National Certificate  
D1     360
D2/M1     320
M2     280
M3 D   240
P1 M1   200
P2 M2/P1   160
P3 P2 D 120
  P3 M 80
    P 40

Read a summary of OCR Nationals and access the full Expert Group report

Pearson EDI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting and Accounting (IAS)

Principal Learning Wales

Grade Tariff points
A* 210
A 180
B 150
C 120
D 90
E 60

Read a summary of Principal Learning Wales

Progression Diploma

Grade Tariff points
A* 350
A 300
B 250
C 200
D 150
E 100

Advanced Diploma = Progression Diploma plus Additional & Specialist Learning (ASL). Please see the appropriate qualification to calculate the ASL score.

Read a summary of the Progression Diploma

Rockschool Music Practitioners qualifications

Grade Tariff points
  Extended diploma Diploma Subsidiary Diploma Extended Certificate Certificate
D* 420 280 210 70 35
D 360 240 180 60 30
M 240 160 120 40 20
P 120 80 60 20 10

Read a summary of Rockschool Music Practitioner qualifications

Scottish Qualifications

Grade Tariff points
Advanced Higher Higher Scottish National Certificates* Scottish Interdisciplinary Project Ungraded Higher NPA PC Passport Core Skills**  
A             130
    Group C         125
B             110
    Group B         100
C             90
  A           80
    Group A         75
D             72
  B   A       65
              60
      B       55
  C           50
      C Pass Pass   45
              42
              38
  D           36
              35
              28
            Higher 20
            Int 2 10

For admission to HE from 2011 onwards, UCAS Tariff points will only be allocated to level 2 qualifications if both the following criteria are met:

  • They are broad skills qualifications - Core Skills, Essential Skills, Essential Skills Wales, Functional Skills, Key Skills.
  • They are being studied as part of a wider composite qualification, such as 14-19 Diplomas or Welsh Baccalaureate.

Read a summary of Scottish Advanced Highers.

Read a summary of Scottish Highers.

Read a summary of Scottish National Certificates.

Read a summary of Scottish Interdisciplinary Project.

Read a summary of ungraded Highers.

Read a summary of NPA PC Passport

Speech & Drama Examinations

  Tariff points
PCertLAM Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6  
Distinction       90
Merit       80
  Distinction     65
Pass Merit     60
    Distinction   55
    Merit   50
  Pass     45
      Distinction 40
    Pass Merit 35
      Pass 20

Read a summary of the Speech and Drama Examinations and access the full Expert Group report

Sports Leaders UK – Higher Sports Leader Award and Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership (QCF)

University of the Arts London: Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Extended Diploma

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 420
Merit 280
Pass 180

Diploma

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 210
Merit 160
Pass 100

Read a summary of the University of the Arts London: Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design

University of the Arts London: Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

Extended Diploma

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 420
Merit 280
Pass 180

Diploma

Grade Tariff points
Distinction 210
Merit 160
Pass 100

Welsh Baccalaureate

Grade Tariff points
Pass 120

Points for the Core are awarded only when a candidate achieves the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma.

From September 2013 the existing Welsh Baccalaureate will be graded. WJEC has aligned the current Pass Grade with the C Grade. The qualification will continue to attract 120 UCAS Tariff points for a Pass Grade which in terms of the newly revised grading is grade C and above.

From September 2015 WJEC will be introducing a new Welsh Baccalaureate following the outcomes of the Review of 14-19 Qualifications in Wales. 

Read a summary of the Welsh Baccalaureate Core and access the full Expert Group report.