UCAS (the UK-based Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is introducing a new tariff for the 2017 university admissions cycle, i.e. for undergraduate courses starting in the 2017/18 academic year.
The primary purpose of the UCAS tariff is to support universities and colleges with admissions data.
The new tariff points are significantly different from the current points and are calculated using a completely different method. One key change affecting the tariff is that the UK AS Level has been repositioned as 40% of an A Level (it was previously 50%). We are continuing to grade Cambridge International AS Level as 50% of the Cambridge International A Level.
Cambridge Pre-U is included on the tariff, but not Cambridge International AS & A Level (because it is not regulated by Ofqual). However, UK higher education admissions teams use Cambridge International A Level and GCE A Level interchangeably and don’t draw distinctions between the two in their entry requirements.
Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS tariff. Most prefer to express their entry requirements and make offers in terms of qualifications and grades rather than in tariff points.
Around one third of UK university course entry requirements make reference to the tariff. For Cambridge learners, these universities will make alternative offers based on Cambridge International A Level grades.
You can read more about the new tariff and find out which qualifications are included on the UCAS website.