Tariff

What is it?

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.

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.
  • We don't endorse the use of Tariff points for any purpose other than admission to higher education.

The Tariff tables show which qualifications attract Tariff points. You can view the tables below or download them from the related documents.

Tariff tables

What your entry requirements might look like

How the Tariff is used varies across universities and colleges. Below are some examples of how entry requirements might be displayed. 

Entry requirements that specify: 

  • how many Tariff points and/or which qualifications are acceptable for entry, e.g. 280 Tariff points. A levels, Scottish Highers. BTEC National Diplomas are acceptable qualifications
  • which qualifications are not acceptable for entry, e.g. 280 points. Points from keys skills, general studies A level, AS levels, key skills and COPE will not be considered
  • the size of main qualification(s) required, e.g. 280 points gained from at least three A levels or equivalent 18 unit qualifications
  • subject requirements, e.g. 280 Tariff points including A levels in chemistry and biology
  • grade and qualification type requirements, e.g. 280 Tariff points, including at least BC at A level
  • that a certain number of points to be achieved in particular qualifications or subjects, e.g. 280 Tariff points, including 120 points in chemistry A level.

If you have any questions, contact tariffqueries@ucas.ac.uk or contact the course provider(s) you're interested in applying to.