Understanding UCAS Tariff

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.

How are UCAS Tariff points used?

Some universities, colleges, and conservatoires refer to UCAS Tariff points in their course entry requirements, but this doesn’t mean they won’t consider qualifications that don’t appear on the Tariff ­– so make sure you check the course entry requirements carefully!

How Do You Work Out Your Tariff

The Ucas tariff assigns a points value to the different grades for post-16 qualifications, such as AS or A-levels. For example, A-level grades receive the following Ucas points:

  • A* = 56
  • A = 48
  • B = 40
  • C =32
  • D =24
  • E = 16

How do I know how many Ucas points I have?

Each qualification (e.g. A-level, Scottish Higher etc.) is allocated a size band value from 1-4, based on the number of learning hours. Each qualification is also allocated a grade band point from 3-14.

To work out the number of UCAS points your qualifications is worth, just multiply the two together: Size x grade = Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

You can also use the Tariff calculator at:


Only around a third of undergraduate courses list a Tariff entry requirement at the moment; the rest just list grades. It doesn’t make any difference, and one way isn’t ‘easier’ or harder than the other – it’s just a different calculation.

Three key things to know about the UCAS Tariff

  1. The Tariff simply uses a different set of numbers, which some course providers use to describe qualifications and grades in their entry requirements. But only one third of university courses use the Tariff, and most use qualifications and grades.
  2. Just because a qualification is on the Tariff, doesn’t mean a course provider will accept it. Therefore, it’s really important to check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in, don’t just rely on your number of points.
  3. There are only a certain number of qualifications on the Tariff. A uni, college, or conservatoire 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 course providers do not use Tariff points.

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