Changes to UCAS Tariff 2017
Tue 29 Mar 2016

These changes are primarily concerned with the numerical system by which points are allocated and should not have any effect on your qualification choices. As such, teachers and career advisors at your school or college remain the principal source of advice and guidance in choosing your qualifications.

What is the new system?

As you can see in the tariff table, grades are worth less UCAS points than before. However, you shouldn’t worry as this reflects the restructuring of the numerical system and not a change in the relative value of a grade. The entry requirements of universities using the UCAS system will therefore remain in line with the restructured points system. For example, a university course requiring 300 UCAS points will now require 120 UCAS points. It is worth noting that not all universities use the UCAS system to reflect their entry requirements and you should always research the specific requirements of your intended course.

 A Level Grade

Current Tariff

New Tariff

A level grade A*

140

56

A level grade A

120

48

A level grade B

100

40

A level grade C

80

32

A level grade D

60

24

A level grade E

40

16

 

AS Level Grade

Current Tariff

New Tariff

A

60

20

B

50

16

C

40

12

D

30

10

E

20

6

 

One notable change in the new points allocations is that AS qualifications are worth slightly less points than previously, having been reduced from 50% of an A level to 40%. This change is in accordance with qualification regulators’ view of the difference in standard between AS and A levels.

When will the changes come into effect?

 

The changes to the UCAS system will commence for courses starting in September 2017.


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