Most students in the UK will be introduced to UCAS by staff in their sixth form or college and will become very accustomed to the different elements of the organisation. For those unfamiliar with it, UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. Essentially, this is the service used by applicants when applying for an undergraduate degree at a UK higher education institution.
Universities in the UK require applicants to meet certain entry requirements for their courses. Sometimes these entry conditions will be in the form of UCAS points. The UCAS Tariff is a method of assigning points to post-16 qualifications. Not all qualifications can be transformed into tariff points for a variety of reasons but that does not necessarily mean you cannot meet a university’s admission requirements. Some institutions will simply ask for UCAS points, some require specific grades for certain qualifications with others requesting a combination of the two. Only around 1/3 of universities in the UK express their conditions in terms of points.
To find out how many points your qualifications and grades attract you should visit the UCAS website where you’ll find a variety of Tariff tables and can calculate your UCAS score. For example, if you have studied A levels you would refer to the section entitled A levels and AS – GCE and VCE. Next you would find your grades on the table and their respective points. For example, an A grade at A levels is equivalent to 120 points and a B is 100. Therefore somebody who achieves ABB would have 320 UCAS points.
If you would prefer not to use the Tariff tables to tally up your total points, there are various webpages online that will calculate your points for you. For example, you can use UK University Search website and use the UCAS points calculator