The UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to qualifications used for entry to higher education. It allows students to use a range of different qualifications to help secure a place on an undergraduate course.
Universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff to make comparisons between applicants with different qualifications. Tariff points are often used in entry requirements, although other factors are often taken into account. Entry Profiles provide a fuller picture of what admissions tutors are seeking.
UCAS does not recommend the use of Tariff points for any other purpose than for entry to higher education. Not all post-16 qualifications attract UCAS Tariff points and therefore they should not be considered an appropriate measure of suitability for employment.
In July 2010, UCAS announced the launch of the Qualifications Information (QI) Review. The Review aims to understand the ways in which learners, institutions and other stakeholders get information about qualifications, assess how effective the Tariff is as just one means of meeting their needs and to work with a wide range of stakeholders to develop and consult on improvements and alternative approaches.Click here to find out more about the QI Review.
Update on the UCAS Tariff - 2 November 2012
In September 2012 the UCAS Board reaffirmed the status of the UCAS Tariff following the publication of the findings of the Qualifications Information Review. For more information please click here.
How does the Tariff work?
Learn how the Tariff works and how it is used in higher education.
Find out which qualifications are included in the Tariff.
See how many points are awarded to qualifications in the Tariff.
Tariff processes outlined.
Read through the frequently asked questions about the UCAS Tariff.