The new UCAS Tariff system

Access to HE and the new UCAS Tariff system

Looking to apply to university or college for courses starting September 2017 onwards? Then you will need to know about the new UCAS Tariff system.

The UCAS Tariff is used as a way of allocating points to qualifications you've studied since the age of 16. It works on a number scale and universities and colleges take this into account in their entry requirements.

The new Tariff will, for the first time, include Access to HE Diplomas. This means that credits from your course will count towards UCAS Tariff points when you finish.

How will it work?

When you’re graded for an Access to HE unit, you will be awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction credits. A maximum of 45 credits will count towards Tariff points. The table provides a few examples along with the equivalent A Level value.

It’s important to remember that each university or college will specify their entry requirements so always check before applying.

Example UCAS Tariff System






If you're unsure about how many points you have, UCAS have a useful Tariff calculator - 2017 on their website. If you have any questions, talk to the university or college you’re applying to, or your teacher/adviser.