UCAS Tariff

By Rhys Thomas, Student Recruitment Manager, Pearson College London

You will have heard a lot recently about the new UCAS tariff and what it means for those advising students. Below are some frequently asked questions to help you in the changeover period:

What is the new tariff?
Who uses the tariff?
Why change from the old system?
When will the changes take effect?
Who will it affect?
How will it affect my application?
Will my qualifications stay at the same level?
Where can I find out more?

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What is the new tariff?
The new tariff does exactly the same job as the old one, but with a broader range of qualifications, and with some qualifications slightly repositioned to reflect the work involved in gaining them. While the new tariff points may seem lower (an A* gets 56 on the new tariff rather than 140 in the old one), UCAS deliberately uses very different numbers to ensure the shift to the new system is clear.

Who uses the tariff?
Many universities and colleges who offer degree-level programmes use the UCAS tariff as a simple way to express entry requirements across a number of different qualifications. Around one third of courses listed on the UCAS website have tariff requirements.

Why change from the old system?
The aim of the new UCAS tariff is to support a broader range of qualifications. It makes it easier to deal with more vocational qualifications and also allows for easier comparison between candidates with wildly different profiles.

When will the changes take effect?
The new UCAS tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, so you will see universities and colleges referring to it, as learners who will be starting their course at this time start their research early.

Who will it affect?
The effect on students should be minimal as largely they will not have used the old tariff. It is important that advisors are aware of the difference when dealing with applicants for both 2016 and 2017 entry. To easily convert an old tariff score to a new one, divide it by 10 and multiply by 4.

How will it affect my application?
Students will still need to achieve the same grade to meet university entry requirements.

Will my qualifications stay at the same level?
Most qualifications will remain at the same level, although the AS qualification has now been repositioned at 40% of a full A level. Most universities will not count the points from an AS qualification if an applicant has a full A level in that subject.

Where can I find out more?
For more information about the new UCAS tariff, including factsheets and other useful resources, click right here

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