Find out what UCAS Tariff points are, how they’re used, and how many points your qualifications are worth, using our points calculator.

What are UCAS Tariff points?

UCAS Tariff points translate your qualifications and grades into a numerical value. Many qualifications (but not all) have a UCAS Tariff value, which will vary dependent on the qualification size, and the grade you achieved. This numerical value is used by HE course providers to assess whether you meet their entry requirements for a particular course.

How are UCAS Tariff points used?

Some universities, colleges, and conservatoires refer to UCAS Tariff points in their course entry requirements, but qualifications which do not receive Tariff points may be accepted too ­– so make sure you check the course entry requirements carefully.

Find out what your qualifications are worth

You can look up your UCAS Tariff points in our Tariff point calculator, or by finding your qualifications in our Tariff table document below:

Not all qualifications are on the Tariff, so don’t worry if you can’t find your qualification, as a university, college, or conservatoire may still accept it. It’s a good idea to read the guidance notes in the Tariff calculator to understand how the Tariff works.


The video below explains how the Tariff points work for Access to HE Diploma courses. Watch this video if you're completing an Access course.

Tariff points for Access to HE Diplomas

How to work out Tariff points for Access to HE Diplomas.


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...

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

If not, you can contact us, and we can help you. 

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