UCAS (the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) introduced a new tariff for the 2017 university admissions cycle onwards.
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 previous 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.
Many universities and colleges do not use the UCAS tariff, instead expressing their entry requirements and making offers in terms of qualifications and grades rather than in tariff points.
You can read more about the new tariff and find out which qualifications are included on the UCAS website.