What is it?

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

It was developed to allow for broad comparisons to be made about a wide range of qualifications by universities and colleges and to help them with their management information.

UCAS is introducing a new Tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017.

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. Most prefer to express their entry requirements and make offers in terms of qualifications and grades rather than in Tariff points. Around one third of course entry requirements make reference to the Tariff.

For the minority of courses that refer to UCAS Tariff points in their entry requirements, there are different approaches:

  • some list their entry requirements and make offers using only Tariff points – with no reference to specific qualifications or grades
  • some ask for specific qualifications and a set number of Tariff points
  • some link the Tariff points required to specific qualifications and grades

For example:

  • 280 Tariff points. A levels, Scottish Highers. BTEC National Diplomas are acceptable qualifications
  • 280 points. Points from keys skills, general studies A level, AS levels, key skills and COPE will not be considered
  • 280 points gained from at least three A levels or equivalent 18 unit qualifications
  • 280 Tariff points including A levels in chemistry and biology
  • 280 Tariff points, including at least grade B and C at A level
  • 280 Tariff points, including 120 points in chemistry A level.

Tariff points are generally only counted for the highest level of achievement in a subject. This means that you can’t usually count AS levels if you have the full A level in the same subject.

Tariff points were designed for use by universities and colleges. We don't endorse their use for any other purpose.

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

Tariff tables A - H



Tariff Tables I - Z




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