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Tariff 2016

The UCAS Tariff is used to allocate points to post-16 qualifications. Universities and colleges may use it when making offers to applicants.
Relevant to

The Tariff detailed below is relevant to you if you're applying in the 2016 entry cycle, or are deferring entry to 2017.

If you're applying for courses starting in 2017, take a look at the Tariff 2017 information.

A few things to note

The Tariff 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Tariff points were designed for use by universities and colleges. We don't endorse their use for any other purpose.
  • Planning ahead for courses starting from September 2017?
    Just to let you know, if you're doing research in advance, UCAS is introducing a new Tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017.

    This won't be a big change, but if you're starting to apply from September 2016, you'll notice some universities and colleges referring to the new Tariff points. 

    • All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system.
    • 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 and college courses.

How Tariff requirements are displayed

For the minority of courses that refer to UCAS Tariff points, 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 Tariff points. Points from keys skills, general studies A level, AS levels, key skills and COPE will not be considered
  • 280 Tariff 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

How to check your Tariff points

You can view the Tariff tables online by clicking on the link below.

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