This section provides information regarding some qualifications that are relevant to higher education.
You may also find it useful to use the Register of Regulated Qualifications: you can search for all regulated qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Learn about the points system used to report achievement for entry to higher education in a numerical format.
English language proficiency
A list of tests that international students take to demonstrate their knowledge of the English language.
Information about qualifications in Scotland.
Access the International Qualifications publication as a PDF.
Access the UK Qualifications publication as a PDF.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is being offered in many UK schools as well as in 125 countries around the world. On 1 May 2009 UCAS held an IB Forum to enable representatives from universities, colleges and schools to learn more about the IB Diploma programme.
Access best practice guides to help explain the 14-19 Diploma qualification and the UCAS processes involved with it.
Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification
Information about the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification which is offered at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Information about Cambridge Pre-U qualifications.
Qualifications and Credit Framework
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (iGCSE)
The iGCSE is an internationally recognised qualification for pupils in the 14-16 age group. It provides an alternative to GCSEs, and is taken all over the world.
Information about the English Baccalaureate, which was introduced as a performance measure for the 2010 school performance tables.
The European Baccalaureate (EB) is the school-leaving examination for students who attend one of the 14 European Schools.
GCE mathematics aggregation rules - guidance for higher education institutions
A document written by JCQ explaining the rules that govern the generation of awards in the GCE mathematics suite. This document is password-proteced.
UKMedSchool Guide (PDF)
A survey of UK medical schools requirements and selection policies for undergraduates for 2009/10 entry to higher education.
Edexcel GCSE English Studies
A document written by Edexcel providing more information about their GCSE in English Studies, and its comparability to GCSE English.