How to get UCAS points - UCAS points explained (2023)

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Updated August 2022

Understanding the UCAS (The University and Colleges Admissions Service) system and understanding how to get UCAS points will ensure that you earn the correct number of points for the degree and uni of your choice.

In this guide:

  • How do UCAS points work?
  • How many UCAS points do I need?
  • What if I don’t have enough UCAS points?
  • How to get UCAS points
  • How to earn UCAS points quickly

UCAS points are assigned to different grades earned in post-16 qualifications, such asA-levels and AS-levels, and Scottish Highers[i].They are also allocated to a variety of certificates, diplomas, and awards.

Do you have enough UCAS points to get into uni? Read ahead to find out more about how the points system works, and how you can get UCAS points for your application.

How do UCAS points work?

Each different qualification awarded in the UK (A-levels and Scottish Highers, for example) are granted a size band value that ranges from 1 to 4 based on how many learning hours the course takes. They are also assigned a grade band point, from 3 to 14[ii].

To find out how many UCAS points you will be awarded for your qualification, multiply the two together. Size band value x Grande band point = tariff points.

It’s important to note that the tariff points have changed since 2017, and they are now much lower. An A-level grade A* was once worth 140 points but is now worth 56 points. Universities value your A-level studies just as much as they did in the past, but their entry requirements are now scaled down to use lower numbers.

This table will help you understand the points awarded for A-level qualifications. Head to theUCAS websitefor a complete list of the tariffs.

GradeA’ LevelsAS Levels
A*56N/A
A4820
B4016
C3212
D2410
E166

Source: UCAS Tariff Calculator

T-Levels were introduced recently as an alternative to A Level and BTEC courses for school leavers. They combine classroom and practical knowledge with on-the-job learning, and resulting grades are equivalent to 3 A Levels[iii]. The following table illustrates what different T-Level grades equate to in UCAS Tarriff Points.

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GradeA Level EquivalentUCAS Tariff Points
Distinction *AAA*168
DistinctionAAA144
MeritBBB120
Pass (C or above)CCC96
Pass (D or above)DDD72

Source: gov.uk

How many UCAS points do I need?

Simply put, the number of UCAS points you need depends on the specific university, subject, and course in which you want to enrol. Every different course has different requirements that usually include exam grades, subjects taken, and qualifications earned[iv]. Entry requirements usually include the following:

  • Post-16 Qualifications– A-levels, AS-levels, Advanced Highers, Certificates, Diplomas and Awards are all converted into UCAS points.
  • Pre-16 Qualifications– Most courses also require that you have certain pre-16 qualifications, including GCSE Maths and English.
  • Your subjects– Uni courses often have pre-requisite subjects that you needed to have taken in your A-levels.
  • Exam Results– Your offer will usually be conditional on your grades.
  • An admissions test –In rare cases, some courses require you to sit an entrance test, sometimes a year in advance.
  • An interview –Some courses want to interview students to ensure that they are a good fit for the programme.
  • Additional checks –Some courses require financial and health checks, or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks.

In some cases, universities and colleges will try to make the admissions process fairer by offering contextual admissions. In these cases, they will consider the hurdles and challenges that you might face and give you additional consideration.

If you have been away from education for more than a few years, you may receive accreditation for life or work experience through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) programme[v].You’ll receive credit for your training, work, and/or self-directed study.

What if I don’t have enough UCAS points?

Every student’s nightmare – you didn’t accumulate the minimum UCAS points included on your offer. What should you do?

  • Ring your university ASAP– Depending on your grades, you may not reach your conditional offer. However, if the UCAS website is still showing it as active, you should get on the phone immediately. Ring your university and ask to speak to someone in charge of your programme. If you missed your grades by a narrow margin, your university may still be willing to honour the offer. This grace varies from university to university, so get in touch as soon as possible.
  • Choose your insurance offer– You are permitted to have a second offer on the UCAS system if your first offer is a conditional one. This is termed your ‘Insurance’ offer[vi].If you don’t reach the number of UCAS points and/or grades required for your offer, you can confirm your insurance offer on the UCAS system.
  • Assess your options through Clearing– Clearing is a system that matches applicants with no offers to universities that have extra spaces[vii].If you miss your firm offer, you can go through Clearing to collect offers. Remember to ring them regularly, as Clearing spaces go back into the pool when another student rejects it. Even if you don’t see any spaces at the beginning of the day, within an hour they could have spaces. It can be an exhausting process, but getting a space at a good university is well worth your time.
  • You might have to make a snap decision –When you’re calling around to universities, you might be offered a space right there and then. You’ll only have a few minutes to make up your mind, so make sure you only call around to universities that you really want to attend.
  • Find out when you can re-sit your exams –Most universities will allow you to defer your offer for a year while you re-sit your exams and hopefully achieve a higher grade. While you used to have to wait a full year to re-sit the exams, now you can take them in the summer while the information is still fresh in your head[viii]. You might feel disappointed that you have to wait a year to join your friends at uni, but it can be a true learning experience.
  • Take a gap year while you gain more UCAS points– Taking a gap year allows you to earn money, travel, and assess your life goals. Most importantly, it gives you the time to earn more UCAS points by earning a certification, diploma, or award. With a big boost in UCAS points, you might even get an offer from a better university than you originally hoped to attend.

How to get UCAS points

There are plenty of different ways that you can get UCAS points, and nearly all of them involve taking on extra academic work[ix].While these academic credentials boost your profile with the Uni Admissions Department, especially if you choose from the list of facilitating subjects.

That said, you can also have a lot of fun earning valuable vocational qualifications– they’ll benefit your career and earn you additional points. In addition to helping you gain entry to your uni of choice, they’ll help boost your CV and prepare you for your career.

You can also transform your hobbies into extra UCAS points – you’ll need to have them assessed by a tutor or body, but this is a good way to gain points without taking too much time away from your academic work.

  1. A-levels, AS levels, and T-Levels

The most obvious place to get UCAS points is from A-levels, AS-levels, and T-levels. Many students consider taking more than the standard three AS/A-Levels, or they will take an A Level course on top of their core T-Level. It’s not uncommon for the most promising students to take four or even five A-levels, with an extra AS-level on top.

That said, don’t feel too intimidated if you are only taking three A-levels – most offers are based on this amount (with the top universities sometimes giving an offer that includes four A-levels providing the student is enrolled in four).

An extra A-level will give you a leg up, as it adds 56 points to your UCAS tally if you earn an A* grade. Speak with your teachers to find out what they recommend, and to get their advice for planning your timetable so that you can make your extra studies fit into your schedule.

  1. Earn a Level 3 Diploma, Certificate or Award

Try getting an online qualificationin your spare time. If you can handle the extra work on top of your A-level studies, it can really pay off.

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In addition to helping you gain UCAS points for your University application, a Level 3 Diploma, Certificate or Award can get you started with your career. It can equip you with valuable skills and experience in accounting, photography, and even “Personal Effectiveness” (a certificate in which will earn you 16 points). We’re the first to admit that doing an entire Diploma (which gives you at least 30 points) might be too much to handle, a certificate could be doable. The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Photography is worth 24 points.

If both of these options sound like too much additional work, you could try for an Award[x].They provide you with 8 points in recognition of your accomplishments in different areas, projects and leadership roles. Imagine earning points for your blog or YouTube channel! It’s possible. ATrinity College Gold Arts Awardoffers 16 points, so it is worth finding out if you are eligible[xi].

  1. Boost your Maths Knowledge with a Free-standing Mathematics Qualification

You might not be taking an A-level in Mathematics, but you can still show your potential uni that you are proficient in the subject matter by taking a Free-standing Mathematics Qualification. The qualification difficulty is between a GCSE and AS-level Maths exam, and if you reach the Advanced Level, it shows that you have the equivalent of an A-level. This is ideal if you are doing all humanities A-levels and want to demonstrate your maths skills. Choose between Using and Applying Statistics, Additional Maths, Working with Algebraic and Graphical Techniques, and Modelling with Calculus, for which you’ll gain 20 points for an A grade.

  1. Work on a Cambridge Pre-U Qualification

Cambridge International Examinations offers their unique Cambridge Pre-U programme that allows you to replace your A-levels with a diploma. You can also take a shorter course across the span of a year (which you take alongside your A-level studies) – choose from Classical Heritage, Comparative Government and Politics, and Economics. You can also take one of the Modern Languages short courses – choose from French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and German. Admissions departments now acknowledge these courses as the invaluable resources they are, and even Ivy League Universities in America will recognise them. You’ll receive up to 56 UCAS points for the full courses in the ‘Principal Subjects,’ and up to 22 points for the short courses.

  1. Get Graded on your Speech and Drama Skills

You can gain points by demonstrating your prowess in speech and drama, from Grade 6 and up. You’ll earn up to 30 points for a distinction at a Grade 8 level. If you want to really push yourself, you can enrol in the LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech & Drama: Performance Studies. In this programme, you’ll hone your dramatic acting skills and work on oration, which will help you in many different careers. You don’t have to be an aspiring actor – you can simply be someone who enjoys getting up on the stage. If you successfully complete the PCertLAM, you’ll gain 24 points.

  1. Demonstrate your mastery of English with the Cambridge ESOL Examinations

If you think you have an extremely high level of English language knowledge, the Certificate of Proficiency in English will earn you 32 UCAS points. The test will assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. In addition to gaining extra tariff points, preparing for the test will equip you with vital skills that will improve your performance at uni, and help with your oral presentations and essay writing through to the PhD level. You can also take the Certificate in Advanced English, which will give you 42 points if you earn an A-grade.

How to earn extra UCAS points quickly

Are you looking to quickly earn some additional UCAS points to bolster your chances of getting into the uni of your choice? Try the following strategies.

Online qualifications –These days, there are tons of online courses that can help you boost your knowledge and achieve better marks on your A-levels. To be able to complete your course, all you need is a computer and access to the internet. The qualification is the same – the only difference is the format of study.

Take a community-based course and get points for volunteer work –Educational charity ASDAN has a few different community-based courses on offer that can help you gain extra UCAS points for volunteer work[xii].Look into the CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness), which allows you to record and develop a number of personal attributes. Completing this course will give you 16 UCAS points over the course of 150 hours (compared to 360 hours for an A-Level). You can also gain a total of 18 points (6 points each) from their three different Wider Skills courses – Improving Your Own Learning and Performance, Working with Others, and Problem Solving.

Have your musical talents assessed –While you might not be able to learn a musical instrument from scratch in a few months, you can get graded on your existing talents! If you have yet to be examined and are above a grade 6, you could earn precious UCAS points that will improve your university chances. It’s a lot to arrange on short notice, but private music tutors can grade you within just a few weeks.

Gain equestrian credit –If you are an avid horseback rider, you can gain credits by taking qualifications offered by the British Horse Society. While they initially designed these qualifications for people who plan on a career in the equestrian world, they are an excellent way for horse lovers to earn extra UCAS points. The BHS offers 32 points for the EQL Level 3 Diploma in BHS Riding Horses, 24 points for the EQL Level 3 Diploma in BHS Horse Knowledge and Care, and 16 points for EQL Level 3 Certificate in BHS Preliminary Teaching of Horse Riding. You can also earn 8 points each for Horse Knowledge and Care, Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding, and BHS Level 3 Preliminary Teacher’s Certificate (Equine Coach).

Earn extra points by dancing! –Did you know that being ‘light on your toes’ can actually help you to earn some extra UCAS points? It’s true – several accredited organisations, including the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the British Ballet Organisation, the British Theatre Dance Association, and the Royal Academy of Dance, all offer graded dance qualifications. You can earn up to a maximum a total of 20 points for a Distinction at the Grade 8 level.

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A few things to consider when it comes to UCAS points:

  • Just because a qualification doesn’t gain you any UCAS tariff points that doesn’t mean a university won’t look favourably upon it and still consider it a vital part of your application.
  • While your desired uni or course may not use tariff points to determine its offers (using grades instead), they do keep a tally of the numbers and report them for government data and league table purposes.
  • You can’t combine the points gained from an AS score and A2 score in the same subject. You’ll only gain the points from the highest level of qualification.

If you don’t understand the entry requirements for the course and uni you want to attend, get in touch with the registrar’s office as soon as possible.

UCAS points in Conclusion

Now that you understand how UCAS points work, it’s time to start thinking about how you can ensure that you earn enough of them to meet your offer condition. Remember, if your preferred offer is conditional, you should seek to add an insurance offer to your UCAS profile.

It’s also important to note that the UCAS point system was fully restructured in 2017. That means that a lot of the information out there is outdated and includes the older point tariffs. Make sure you’re looking at the right point tariffs before you start planning your strategy to earn the total that you need.

It’s always a good idea to plan to earn more UCAS points than you think you will need. That way, if you do not achieve the grades you are hoping for, you will still have enough tariff points to accept any conditional offers.

Good luck, and happy studying!

Extended reading resources

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FAQs

What is D * D * D * in UCAS points? ›

BTEC and A Level UCAS points
Extended DiplomaUCAS tariff points
D*D*D*168
D*D*D160
D*DD152
DDD144
21 more rows

How can I get 120 UCAS points? ›

There are many different ways of achieving 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  1. 3 A-levels – Grades BBB, or A*CC.
  2. 2 A-levels plus 2 AS – Grades BB+aa, or AB+bb.
  3. 2 A-levels plus 1 AS plus Extended Project – Grades BB+b+A, or AB+b+C.
  4. 1 A-level plus BTEC Diploma – Grades A+DM, or D+DD.
  5. BTEC Extended Diploma – Grades DDM.

How can I get 50 UCAS points? ›

Volunteering to earn UCAS points

If you do already volunteer you could pick up additional UCAS points by taking an ASDAN community volunteering qualification. Taking a volunteering qualification could earn you up to 50 extra UCAS points.

Does D of E Gold give UCAS points? ›

Does Gold DofE get UCAS points? No. You will not receive UCAS points for completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. However, some universities look at extracurricular activities favourably during the admission process.

Is D of E worth UCAS points? ›

Does Duke of Edinburgh Give You UCAS Points? For those of you doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award for the purposes of university admissions, you should know that it doesn't actually give you UCAS points. It does not serve any purpose on your UCAS form beyond the personal statement, where you are entitled to push it hard.

What grades make 96 UCAS points? ›

There are many different ways of achieving 96 UCAS Tariff points.
  • 3 A-levels – Grades CCC, or ACE.
  • 2 A-levels plus 2 AS – Grades CC+bb, or CD+aa.
  • 2 A-levels plus 1 AS plus Extended Project – Grades CC+b+C, or BC+c+D.
  • 1 A-level plus BTEC Diploma – Grades C+MM.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – Grades MMM.

What things count as UCAS points? ›

Post-16 Qualifications – A-levels, AS-levels, Advanced Highers, Certificates, Diplomas and Awards are all converted into UCAS points. Pre-16 Qualifications – Most courses also require that you have certain pre-16 qualifications, including GCSE Maths and English.

What grades are 72 UCAS points? ›

Examples of grade combinations - A level grade
A level gradeTariff points
CCC96
CCD88
CDD80
DDD72
9 more rows

Can you fake UCAS points? ›

You cannot lie on your UCAS form, it's as simple as that. Most schools check their student's UCAS forms before they are sent off and are required to make sure that all information is true. In addition to this, UCAS themselves will ask for proof of your grades, which, if you cannot provide, will get you caught out.

Can I get into uni with no UCAS points? ›

If you don't already have UCAS points, or they're not in a subject that you want to study at university, then an Access to Higher Education course is designed specifically to help you meet those entry requirements.

How can I get more UCAS points 2022? ›

How to get more UCAS points if you're applying to university
  1. Participate in a personal development programme. ...
  2. Take an extra AS Level. ...
  3. Get graded in a musical instrument. ...
  4. Study for a Level 3 Diploma or Certificate. ...
  5. Get a Mathematics Qualification. ...
  6. Study for a Pre-U Qualification. ...
  7. Gain a Certificate of Proficiency in English.

What university has the lowest UCAS points? ›

When searching for a university course, you'll find the entry requirements include a minimum number of UCAS points. This will often be 112 UCAS points but will vary from course to course.

What can I do with low UCAS points? ›

Volunteer. ASDAN offer community-based courses that can get you plenty of extra UCAS points, such as the CoPE (16 UCAS points) and Wider Key Skills (3 different qualifications available, 8 points each). Ask your school or college about undertaking these courses to up your UCAS points!

Can I get into uni with 112 UCAS points? ›

Most universities seem to accept that 112 UCAS points are the standard for the average UK student. Many different universities assess their candidates on many different factors as part of their criteria and the tariff point requirements give them much flexibility to do so.

What can boost UCAS points? ›

The most traditional way to gain UCAS points is by studying A-levels. However, other accredited courses such as our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce also carry a UCAS points value, along with other vocational courses such as BTECs; we talk about both of these a little further down.

Can you skip bronze DofE? ›

Can you skip Bronze DofE and go straight to Silver? You can complete the Silver DofE award without having completed Bronze, however it will take longer.

Can you fail DofE Bronze? ›

You cannot fail a DofE Expedition. However at the end of a practice expedition we occasionally have to recommend that some groups undertake further training and practice to ensure that they are fully prepared to safely undertake an unaccompanied qualifying expedition.

Can you get into uni with 3 E's? ›

Yes, there are universities which will accept 3 Es and sometimes 2 Es. They tend to be the least famous ones, and not for subjects with the highest competition for places. Grade E is worth 16 points, so 3 Es are 48 points.

Do universities like DofE? ›

In your personal statement, saying that you have completed your DofE demonstrates commitment and motivation to succeed, which universities will look at, especially as at times it can be challenging and completing your DofE demonstrates you can cope and thrive.

How many UCAS points do you need for Oxford? ›

A full degree would usually require 360 points: 120 at stage 1 (equivalent to the first year of a degree at a conventional university), 120 at stage 2 and 120 at stage 3. To apply to Oxford, students would need to have completed, or be studying for, at least 120 points at stage 1 or above, in appropriate subjects.

What is a low UCAS score? ›

A grade - 48 UCAS points. B grade - 40 UCAS points. C grade - 32 UCAS points. D grade - 24 UCAS points.

Is 75 a good uni mark? ›

When you start at university, any mark over 50% is a great grade. Getting a mark over 50% means that you are beginning to understand the difficult work of your degree. Getting over 60% is excellent because it means you have demonstrated a deep knowledge of your subject to the marker.

Is 112 UCAS points hard? ›

112 points may sound like a lot, but actually, it's not as bad as it seems and most students can achieve it with studying 3 A Levels. All A Levels come with UCAS points, the maximum number for one being 56 and that would require an A* grade. The lowest amount of UCAS points you can get for an A Level is 16 (grade E).

How can I get 16 UCAS points? ›

Complete a CoPE or AoPE Workshop

A Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) Level 3 will get you 16 UCAS Points. It is aimed at students aged 16 and over to allow them to develop their employability skills.

What grades make up 112 UCAS points? ›

There are many different ways of achieving 112 UCAS Tariff points.
  • 3 A-levels – Grades BBC, or A*CD.
  • 2 A-levels plus 2 AS – Grades BB+bb, or AB+cc.
  • 2 A-levels plus 1 AS plus Extended Project – Grades BB+b+C, or AB+a+D.
  • 1 A-level plus BTEC Diploma – Grades B+DM, or D+DD.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – Grades DMM.

What is D * D * D equivalent to in A levels? ›

A final grade of DDD is equivalent to achieving 3 grade A's at A-level and attracts the same UCAS points for university. It is a popular and successful route into higher education.

Is 144 a good UCAS score? ›

This will depend on the course you're applying for. The lowest score you'll need is 144 UCAS points. In some cases, they may accept slightly less.

Can UCAS be wrong? ›

Mistakes can happen at any stage of the selection process, ultimately leading to an incorrect decision. Evaluate the different stages of your application processes for clarity, training and competence of staff in those processes, any checking or monitoring steps, and record keeping.

Does UCAS tell you if you're rejected? ›

Yes they tell u on ucas and then sometimes u get a letter from uni to say why. Rep: ? You'll earn badges for being active around the site.

Do UCAS check your GCSE grades? ›

To summarize, universities can check your GCSE and A-Level certificates if this is necessary. However, it is unlikely, as you provide accurate GCSE results on your UCAS application, and A-Level grades are sent directly to universities by exam boards.

Do Unis accept lower grades? ›

You may find that your grades fall short of the entry requirements you needed for your university offer. Don't despair yet! There's still a chance a university will accept you with lower grades if you narrowly missed the mark (though trying your luck with three Cs when your offer was ABB probably won't work).

Do GCSEs affect UCAS points? ›

GCSE grades are not worth any UCAS points. And UCAS points do not affect GCSE grades. A-level, AS Level exams and IB diplomas are the essential for UCAS points as well as case dependent qualifications.

Do universities care if you retake Year 12? ›

Almost all universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, officially accept exam resits, meaning that there's no chance of being barred from applying. However, the university will be aware that you've achieved the grade by resitting, and so may affect your chances of receiving an offer.

Is UCAS Extra worth it? ›

Is UCAS Extra worth it? Yes, if you've changed your mind about the course you'd like to study. You may also use UCAS Extra if you've received no offers from your original five choices or you decide you want to study at a different university.

What makes up 104 UCAS points? ›

There are many different ways of achieving 104 UCAS Tariff points. Some of the most common ways are: 3 A-levels – Grades BCC, or ACD. 2 A-levels plus 2 AS – Grades BC+bb, or CC+aa.

What is the easiest Uni in the UK? ›

Top 20 universities which are easiest to get into in UK
  • Coventry University.
  • London Metropolitan University.
  • University of Exeter.
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
  • Newman University, Birmingham.
  • University College Birmingham.
  • University of Winchester.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Do UCAS points matter more than grades? ›

Points matter, but it's rare that this is all a uni will ask for. There will usually be other conditions. If you're applying for an English language degree, yes they might want 144 points, but they will probably also want 48 of those points to be from an A-level in English.

Can I go to uni without A-levels? ›

Yes, there are alternative routes to university if you don't hold traditional A-levels, for example if you want to return to education after taking time away. Two of the most common paths are Access to Higher Education Diplomas (often referred to as 'Access courses') and foundation years.

Do universities accept lower grades 2022? ›

Most universities that have course vacancies during Clearing will be prepared to accept you if your grades are below their entry requirements as long as you sound passionate and are right for the degree subject. They may also accept you based on the UCAS points you've accumulated rather than you final grades.

What grade is 34 UCAS points? ›

A*AA = 37 points (IB equivalent) AAA = 36 points (IB equivalent) AAB = 35 points (IB equivalent) ABB = 34 points (IB equivalent)

What's the highest UCAS points? ›

You can reach 112 points in a variety of ways through your A Levels (such as with A*A*, or BBC / ACC / ABD grades), Scottish Highers (AAAC, or Advanced Highers at BBD), or numerous combinations of other level 3 qualifications.

Do universities look at grade 11 marks? ›

University Admission Requirements

In some cases, universities will consider your Grade 11 U/M grades for early offers of admission, where Grade 12 U/M grades are incomplete or not available.

Is 28 UCAS points good? ›

Ucas points and your EPQ

An EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is worth half an A-level: 28 Ucas points for an A*, 24 points for an A and so on. It can be a great way to boost your points.

How many points is D * dd? ›

An A Level grade A* gets 56 points in comparison with 140 before.
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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - 1080GLH.
GradeUCAS Tariff points
D*D*D*168
D*D*D160
D*DD152
DDD144
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How many UCAS points is D * worth? ›

C is equivalent to 32 Ucas tariff points. D is equivalent to 24 Ucas tariff points.

What does D * D mean in grades? ›

D*D* (highest grade) D*D. DD (your grade - double distinction)

What is a pass in UCAS points? ›

UCAS also have a tariff calculator to help you calculate your points.
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T Levels.
GradeUCAS points
Distinction*168 points
Distinction144 points
Merit120 points
Pass (C or above on the core)96 points

Is a near pass a fail? ›

Near pass (N) – this grade is available on most Btec Nationals. It means that you may still be able to pass the overall course without having passed every individual unit.

Is D in A-Level A fail? ›

An E or D is still a pass at A-Level - but it will result in lower UCAS points. A pass is indicated by one of six grades, A*, A, B, C, D or E, - where A and A* is the highest grade and E is the lowest. In order to meet the pass criteria, you must get an E grade or above on results day.

Is D an A-Level pass? ›

A pass in an AS subject is indicated by one of five grades A(a), B(b), C(c), D(d), E(e), of which grade A(a) is the highest and grade E (e) is the lowest.

Do GCSE count towards UCAS points? ›

Do I get UCAS points for GCSEs? No, sorry! Because they are a level 2 qualification, there are no GCSE UCAS points. Only level 3 qualifications carry UCAS points.

Is 112 UCAS points alot? ›

112 points may sound like a lot, but actually, it's not as bad as it seems and most students can achieve it with studying 3 A Levels. All A Levels come with UCAS points, the maximum number for one being 56 and that would require an A* grade. The lowest amount of UCAS points you can get for an A Level is 16 (grade E).

Is a Grade 3 a Fail? ›

Now, failed GCSE grades come in at 3, 2 and 1, with U being the only constant in the GCSE grading system.

Is D Fail in UK? ›

The GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are an essential part of UK students' lives.
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ETCS Grades and the UK Grading Scheme.
DEGREE CLASSPERCENTAGE SCOREETCS GRADE
Lower Second-Class Degree50% -59%C
Third Class Degree40% -49%D
Fail0-39%E/F
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What does F in grades stand for? ›

F - this is a failing grade.

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