UCAS Undergraduate: Tariff points

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017.
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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 first video above explains how UCAS Tariff points work.
The second video explains how the Tariff points work for Access to HE Diploma courses. Watch this video if you're completing an Access course.

UCAS Tariff calculator

If the course you’re interested in refers to Tariff points in its entry requirements, you can use our Tariff calculator to find out how many points your qualifications and grades are allocated. Not all qualifications are on the Tariff – don’t worry if you can’t find your qualification, as a university may still accept it. Make sure you read the guidance notes on the calculator to ensure you understand how the Tariff works.


UCAS Tariff tables

You can also look up UCAS Tariff points by finding your qualifications in our New Tariff tables (2.16 MB). Remember, not all qualifications are on the Tariff, so don’t worry if you can’t find your qualification, as a university may still accept it. It’s a good idea to read the guidance notes in the Tariff calculator to understand how the Tariff works.


Five key things to know about the UCAS Tariff

  1. We changed the UCAS Tariff for courses starting from September 2017, so we could include more qualifications.
  2. The new Tariff simply uses a different set of numbers, which some universities use to describe qualifications and grades in their entry requirements. Only one third of university courses use the Tariff, and most use qualifications and grades.
  3. The new Tariff points are much lower than the original Tariff points. For example, an A level grade A* gets 56 points under the new Tariff, whereas before it got 140. The value of the A level remains the same, but universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.
  4. Just because a qualification is on the Tariff, doesn't mean a university will accept it. Therefore, it’s really important to check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in.
  5. There are only a certain number of qualifications on the Tariff. A uni may accept a qualification even if it isn’t on the Tariff, so it’s best to check with them to see if they will accept your qualification. Remember, lots of universities do not use Tariff points.
Some employers use the Tariff to help with their selection process. This is not encouraged by UCAS. If an employer uses the Tariff, it is their responsibility to ensure their information is clear and accurate. If your qualification is not on the Tariff, you should contact the employer directly to discuss your job application.

If you have any questions...

You can speak to your teacher or adviser about your qualifications, grades, and university entry requirements. They will be able to advise you, as they understand how the Tariff points system works. 

You can also contact us if you have any questions about the UCAS Tariff.