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Calculating Ucas points based on predicted grades

Here on Which? University you can search for courses based on the Ucas entry points you’re predicted to achieve. Find out how to calculate your points with our handy tables.

You can search for courses on Which? University based on your Ucas entry points score...but what are these? And why do universities keep going on about them?

What are Ucas points?

Ucas have a points tariff system so they can compare different qualifications as a means of calculating whether students satify the grade requirements to get on to a particular university course.

When researching university course options, you'll see something about the Ucas points required for that course when they talk about entry requirements; or when a university come back to you with an offer, they'll say how many Ucas points you need. This is another way of communicating the grade requirements (i.e. ABB) for that course, rather than additional criteria you have to satisfy.

There's a new Ucas tariff now: here's everything you need to know.

Work out how many Ucas points you need

If you know your predicted grades (or you can guess), you can calculate your Ucas points here for each of your A-level, Higher or BTEC courses. Add them up and you'll get how many UCAS points you'll obtain. This total is what universities will look for when they set entry requirements and make you an offer.

Convert your predicted grades into Ucas points

Ucas points: A-levels and Highers
Ucas tariff: BTEC Nationals
Ucas tariff: International Baccalaureate
Ucas tariff: Welsh Baccalaureate

Extra help with Ucas points

If you can’t find the qualifications you’re taking listed here (there are countless qualifications you can take to get into university!), head to the Ucas website to see them listed out, along with their equivalent tariff points.

You should always check the specific entry requirement details listed for each university course. Some courses don’t list Ucas tariff points but only consider grades or scores from a much more limited set of qualifications such as A-levels, Highers or the International Baccalaureate (IB).


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