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UCAS Undergraduate search tool 2017
If your students are still looking for 2017 entry courses, please advise them that the 2017 UCAS Undergraduate search tool will close on Monday 2 October. 
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First Final Destination Report now available

The first Final Destination Report showing you the status of your applicants is now available to download. 

Information on new UCAS Tariff for advisers

All the information and resources you need about the new UCAS Tariff – being used for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Find out more about the new UCAS Tariff
Here's how the new Tariff points work and how to use the Tariff.
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How to work out Tariff points for Access to HE Diplomas
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The short video above is designed for learners, and gives a quick summary of how the new Tariff points work. The second new video above is aimed at mature applicants, and covers how the Access to HE Diploma works in terms of Tariff points.


Latest news

At our recent Teachers' and Advisers' Conference, we received feedback that an editable document for students would be useful, to communicate the changes for 2017. We have included the template below along with the latest resources on Tariff 2017.

Please email qualsinfo@ucas.ac.uk if you have any comments or ideas about how to better support you though this change.


UCAS Tariff webinar

We held a webinar about the new Tariff, in which we:

  • gave an overview of the new Tariff
  • outlined the changes
  • gave examples of how the new points system works

If you missed the session or want to watch it again, view the playback here


UCAS Tariff points calculator

Based on the new Tariff, our calculator provides an indicative guide to learners of how many points each qualification is awarded. 


UCAS Tariff tables

New Tariff tables (1.83 MB) — reference tables summarising the new Tariff points.


Additional information documents

We would encourage you to familiarise yourself with the following documents that have been created to provide you with the information you might need to know about the new Tariff.

  • Factsheets — for you to use with your  colleagues students and their  parents.
  • New Tariff qualifications list (220.14 KB) — this is a technical document showing the size x grade calculation of the new Tariff points, against each of the relevant qualifications. Updated May 2017 – new additions are marked as May 2017 in the Release version column.​

You may also find our digital Qualification Information Profiles (QIPs), which we launched in August 2016, useful.

The UCAS Tariff is a broad metric and the QIPs are meant to compliment it. QIPs provide objective, comparable information about qualifications which providers can use to inform decisions about the admission of students. They help to provide information in a clear and consistent format across different qualifications, and include a range of information such as size, grading, assessment, structure, and content. The format of the QIPs was agreed with universities and they replace the Qualification Guides, which UCAS used to publish.

The QIPs include 2016 updates to our UK benchmark, EU and international 2015 QIPs, previously published as PDFs, and additional UK, EU, and international qualifications. The new UK QIPs include vocational qualifications, reflecting the changes triggered in this area by the DfE performance measures. We’ve also included some key Level 1/2 qualifications, such as current GCSEs and reformed GCSEs, for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Please see our dedicated QIPs section in the guides and resources area of the site for more information.

We would like to know if QIPs are a helpful resource. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please email Jochen Pichler, Senior Policy Executive, at j.pichler@ucas.ac.uk.


Why we changed the Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was first introduced in 2001 to help those working in admissions to make comparisons between qualifications. Since then, however, both the range of qualifications held by applicants, and the variety of progression routes into HE have increased.

In 2012 UCAS completed a review looking at what information universities and colleges, students, and schools and advisers needed about qualifications to facilitate admission to HE.

The review identified the needs of admissions teams for more detailed, structured information about qualifications.

A feedback exercise with the HE sector, and secondary education community, shaped the new UCAS Tariff. This was agreed by the UCAS Board in June 2014, for implementation in the 2017 entry admissions cycle.


Timings for the new UCAS Tariff

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017. The new UCAS Tariff points apply to learners who are currently in Year 13 or S6 in Scotland and younger, who are thinking about applying in 2016/17, and start university or college from September 2017. 


The key changes
  • The new UCAS Tariff points are based on a different methodology to the current Tariff.
  • A key principle of the new UCAS Tariff is consistency and we have tried to ensure minimal disruption.
  • All Level 3/SCQF Level 6 qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system.
  • The AS has been repositioned as 40% of an A level in light of the qualification regulators' statements regarding the standard of the AS.

What the new points mean to students

New UCAS Tariff points should not have any impact on students' decisions on qualification choices at school or college, or their preparation for higher education. The change to new UCAS Tariff points will not in itself change entry requirements for university or college courses. Universities and colleges are independent organisations and each year they decide how to set their entry requirements. Those universities and colleges that use UCAS Tariff points to express their entry requirements will simply set their requirements using the new number system.

Advice we give to applicants about the new UCAS Tariff


Frequently asked questions about the new Tariff


Supporting you

We will continue to support you in understanding and using the new Tariff.

  • The UCAS Correspondent at your school or college will be able to provide more information on the new Tariff.
  • Regular updates on the new Tariff will be provided in the monthly advisers’ newsletter.
  • Regional training is currently available on the new Tariff for schools, colleges and universities. 
For more information, or if you have any questions about the new Tariff, email us at qualsinfo@ucas.ac.uk.