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					                          The                                                   Tariff

WHAT IS THE UCAS TARIFF?                                     DO STUDENTS’ POINTS SCORES GIVE THEM
   It is a points system used to report achievement for     AN ENTITLEMENT TO ENTRY TO HE?
    entry to higher education (HE) in a numerical            No. Students can assemble points in a variety of ways and
    format                                                   not all of these will necessarily be acceptable for entry to a
   It establishes agreed comparability between              particular HE course. The achievement of a points score
    different types of qualifications                        therefore does not imply an entitlement to entry, and many
   It provides comparisons between applicants with          other factors are taken in account in the admissions
    different types and volumes of achievement               process

                                                             HOW ARE NEW QUALIFICATIONS BROUGHT
HOW DOES THE TARIFF WORK?                                    INTO THE TARIFF?
   Points can be aggregated from the different                 Providing a qualification has been accredited into
    qualifications included in the Tariff                        the National Qualifications Framework and is used
   There is no ceiling to the number of points which            as an entry route to HE, it will be considered for
    can be accumulated                                           inclusion in the UCAS Tariff once we have received
   There is no double counting – applicants cannot              a request from the Awarding Body or Bodies
    count the same or similar qualifications twice               offering the qualification
   Achievement at a lower level will be subsumed into          Qualifications are benchmarked against an existing
    the higher level, ie, AS points will be subsumed             qualification in the Tariff by an Expert Group using
    into the A level points for the same subject. The            a protocol designed specifically for this purpose by
    same principle applies to Scottish Highers and               the University of Oxford Department of Educational
    Advanced Highers, VCE A levels and Double                    Studies
    Awards, Key Skills and Music awards at different            Recommendations are put before the UCAS Board
    levels or grades                                             for approval
   All certificated Key Skills in Application of Number,
    Communication and IT will attract points whether         WHERE CAN I FIND DETAILS ON NEW
    achieved through proxy or not                            QUALIFICATIONS IN THE TARIFF?
                                                             Reports written by the Expert Groups considering
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE COVERED BY                           qualifications for inclusion in the Tariff, which give
THE TARIFF?                                                  details of both the qualification seeking inclusion and
   A full list of the qualifications covered by the UCAS    the qualification against which it has been
    Tariff, together with the allocation of points can be    benchmarked, the process involved, and the
    found overleaf.                                          recommendations reached, are posted on the UCAS
                                                             website and can be accessed through the title of the
                                                             qualification appearing on the points tables
HAVE ANY NEW QUALIFICATIONS BEEN
INCORPORATED IN THE TARIFF?                                  ARE POINTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS NEW TO
   For 2007 entry, three qualifications will come into      THE TARIFF AVAILABLE FOR USE STRAIGHT
    the Tariff:                                              AWAY?
     -     OCR Nationals                                     In view of the lead time necessary for the collection and
     -     Wider Key Skills                                  publication of entry requirements, points for
     -     BTEC Nationals in Early Years Practical           qualifications new to the Tariff do not take effect
   We are currently working on qualifications for 2008      immediately. However, UCAS gives details of new
    entry, however, to date, the following qualifications    developments in the Tariff well in advance, and HEIs
    will come into the Tariff:                               may choose to use Tariff points scores informally in
     British Horse Society awards                           advance of their official introduction.
     Diploma in Financial Studies awarded by IFS
     International Baccalaureate Diploma                    ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
   New qualifications are regularly being added to the         Up to date information on the Tariff can be found
    Tariff and it is our aim to include as wide a range of       on the UCAS website at
    achievement used for entry to HE as possible                 www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html
   Updates on the Tariff, including details on the             Alternatively, contact the UCAS Qualifications
    incorporation of any new qualifications, can be              Hotline on:
    found on the UCAS website at
    www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html                         Tel:         01242 544900
                                                                 E-mail:      quals@ucas.ac.uk
                                                                                                                                                     Irish Leaving
       GCE/VCE Qualifications                               BTEC Nationals1                             OCR Nationals2                                                    Scottish Qualifications
                                                                                                                                                          Cert
                                             GCE/                                                                                           Points
     GCE         GCE AS         GCE
                                            AVCE                                                                               Extended                                  Advanced                    Standard
      AS/        Double        A level/                  Award       Certificate     Diploma      Certificate     Diploma                            Higher   Ordinary              Higher   Int 2
                                            Double                                                                             Diploma                                    Higher                      Grade
    AS VCE        Award        AVCE
                                            Award
                                                                                      DDD                                         D1         360
                                                                                                                                             350
                                                                                                                                             326
                                                                                      DDM                                       D2/M1        320
                                                                                                                                             303
                                                                                      DMM                                         M2         280
                                              AA                         DD           MMM                            D            M3         240
                                              AB                                                                                             220
                                              BB                         DM           MMP                           M1            P1         200
                                              BC                                                                                             180
                                              CC                        MM            MPP                         M2/P1           P2         160
                                              CD                                                                                             140
                    AA            A           DD           D             MP            PPP             D            P2            P3         120                            A
                    AB                                                                                                                       110
                    BB            B           DE                                                                                             100                            B
                    BC                                                                                                                       90       A1
                    CC            C           EE           M             PP                            M            P3                       80                             C
                                                                                                                                             77       A2
                                                                                                                                             72                             D         A
                                                                                                                                             71       B1
                    CD                                                                                                                       70
                                                                                                                                             64       B2
        A           DD            D                                                                                                          60                                       B
                                                                                                                                             58       B3
                                                                                                                                             52       C1
        B           DE                                                                                                                       50
                                                                                                                                             48                                       C
                                                                                                                                             45       C2
                                                                                                                                             42                                       D       A
        C           EE            E                         P                                          P                                     40
                                                                                                                                             39       C3        A1
                                                                                                                                             38                                                      Band 1
                                                                                                                                             35                                               B
                                                                                                                                             33       D1
        D                                                                                                                                    30
                                                                                                                                             28                                               C      Band 2
                                                                                                                                             26       D2        A2
        E                                                                                                                                    20       D3        B1
                                                                                                                                             14                 B2
                                                                                                                                              7                 B3
1
    The points shown are for the newly specified BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma introduced into centres from September 2002
2
    The points for the OCR Nationals come into effect for entry to higher education in 2007 onwards
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Music
                                                 CACHE                                                                     British Horse Society4
      BTEC Nationals in                         Diploma in                   Diploma in                                                                                                             Examinations5
                                                                                                                          Stage 3
        Early Years3                           Child Care &                 Foundation                    Points           Horse           Stage 3
                                                                                                                                                         Preliminary
                                                                                                                                                         Teacher’s                      Practical                       Theory
                                                Education                   Studies (Art                                 Knowledge         Riding
                                                                                                                                                         Certificate
                                                                                                                          & Care
            Theory
                                                                            and Design)
                                Practical      Theory       Practical                                                                                                         Grade 6   Grade 7     Grade 8   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8
    Certificate Diploma
                    DDD                                                                                     320
                                                                                Distinction                 285
                    DDM                                                                                     280
                    DMM                          AA                                                         240
                                                                                    Merit                   225
                    MMM                                                                                     220
       DD                                        BB                                                         200
                                                                                    Pass                    165
      DM            MMP                          CC                                                         160
      MM            MPP             D            DD             A                                           120
                                                                B                                           100
       MP           PPP             M            EE             C                                           80
                                                                                                            75                                                                                        D
                                                                                                            70                                                                                        M
                                                                D                                           60                                                                             D
                                                                                                            55                                                                             M          P
                                                                                                            45                                                                  D
       PP                           P                           E                                           40                                                                  M          P
                                                                                                            35              Pass            Pass            Pass
                                                                                                            30                                                                                                                      D
                                                                                                            25                                                                  P                                                   M
                                                                                                            20                                                                                                            D         P
                                                                                                            15                                                                                                  D         M
                                                                                                            10                                                                                                  M         P
                                                                                                             5                                                                                                  P
3
    The new allocation of points for the theory and practical elements of the BTEC Nationals in Early Years comes into effect for entry to higher education in 2007 onwards
4
    The points for the British Horse Society Awards (BHS) come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008 onwards
5
    Points shown are for ABRSM, Guildhall, LCMM, Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall advanced level music examinations
         International
        Baccalaureate6                       Points
                  Diploma
                    45                         768
                    44                         744
                    43                         722
                    42                         698
                    41                         675
                    40                         652
                    39                         628
                    38                         605
                    37                         582
                    36                         559
                    35                         535
                    34                         512
                    33                         489
                    32                         466
                    31                         442
                    30                         419
                    29                         396
                    28                         373
                    27                         350
                    26                         326
                    25                         303
                    24                         280
6
    The points for the International Baccalaureate (IB) come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008 onwards and are awarded to candidates who achieve the IB Diploma


         Free                                    IFS                                                      Advanced                                                                                     Welsh
                                                                                             10                                                                          12                    13
       standing                                                                   COPE                    Extension                 Points            Core Skills                 Key Skills        Baccalaureate
        Maths7                    CeFS8                   DipFS9                                          Awards11                                                                                     Core14
                                                                                                                                        120                                                                Pass
                                                                                      Pass                                               70
                                       A                       A                                                                         60
                                       B                       B                                                                         50
                                       C                       C                                             Distinction                 40
                                       D                       D                                                                         30                                          Level 4
              A                        E                       E                                                Merit                    20                  Higher                  Level 3
              B                                                                                                                          17
              C                                                                                                                          13
              D                                                                                                                          10                   Int 2                  Level 2
              E                                                                                                                          7
7
   Covers free-standing Mathematics qualifications – Additional Maths, Using and Applying Statistics, Working with Algebraic and Graphical Techniques, Modelling with Calculus
8
   Points shown are for the revised Institute of Financial Services Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) taught from September 2003
9
   Points shown are for the Institute of Financial Services Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) and come into effect for entry to higher education in 2008
10
   Points for the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) awarded by ASDAN and CCEA come into effect for entry to higher education in 2007
11
   Points for Advanced Extension Awards are over and above those gained from the A level grade
12
  Covers the five Scottish Core Skills – Communication, Information Technology, Numeracy, Problem Solving & Working with Others
13
  Covers the main three Key Skills’ subjects – Application of Number, Communication and Information Technology with the three Wider Key Skills (Improving Own Learning and Performance, Problem Solving,
   Working With Others) coming into effect for 2007 entry
14
  Points for the Core are awarded only when a candidate achieves the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

				
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