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Pre U: University entry and tariff points

 

Is Cambridge Pre-U widely recognised by universities?

Cambridge Pre-U is widely recognised by universities across the world. Universities were involved in the development of Cambridge Pre-U and have made it clear that they like the linear structure, finer grading scale and enhanced content. To date, over 145 UK universities and over 75 US universities have published formal recognition statements of Cambridge Pre-U on our recognitions database.

Please see our website for more information about the recognition of Cambridge Pre-U.  

What is the UCAS tariff for Cambridge Pre-U?

Full details of the Cambridge Pre-U points’ tariff can be found here.

What performance table and UCAS tariff points are attached to Cambridge Pre-U?

Please see the table below detailing the performance table points and UCAS tariff points attached to Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects and Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR). Please note that there is no difference in the Performance Table points for Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects and Cambridge Pre-U GPR.

Full details of the UCAS tariff can be found by clicking here.

Pre-U grading Scale

Performance Table Points

UCAS tariff

Principal Subjects /

Global Perspectives and Research

Short Courses

Principal Subjects/ Global Perspectives and Research

Short Courses

Distinction 1

300

150

56

22

Distinction 2

282.5

141.25

56

20

Distinction 3

265

132.5

52

20

Merit 1

247.5

123.75

44

18

Merit 2

230

115

40

14

Merit 3

210

105

36

12

Pass 1

190

95

28

10

Pass 2

170

85

24

8

Pass 3

150

75

20

6

 

Are universities going to favour/disfavour people with Cambridge Pre-U?

The Cambridge Pre-U assessment is designed to align in standard to UK GCE A level (A2) qualifications and we employ a number of measures to ensure that it does. The grades available align with GCE qualifications across the range, with the exception that the Pre-U has additional grades which recognise standards of attainment above the A* standard at A level. In matching standards, there are two key points of alignment:

  • The minimum mark for a Distinction 3 (D3) Grade is the equivalent of the minimum mark for a Grade A in A Level.
  • The minimum mark for a Pass 3 (P3) Grade is the equivalent of the minimum mark for a Grade E in A Level.

In addition, the D3/M1 grade boundary is set in line with the A/B A Level grade threshold. Evidence considered during the awarding of the Pre-U grade thresholds therefore includes consideration of the standards expected at A Level in order to ensure that these equivalencies are maintained. This means that candidates taking either A Level or Pre-U qualifications are expected to have the same access to equivalent levels of attainment, and this is overtly built into the design of the Pre-U assessments and their grading. Please be assured that equivalent standards between Pre-U and A Level are upheld and students who take Pre-U are not disadvantaged. Universities are aware of, and support, the Pre-U qualification and the UCAS data supports this. 

Consideration of the UCAS Tariff points available for GCE A Level and Pre-U qualifications broadly recognises these equivalencies but we would note that, at equivalent standards, the Pre-U tariffs are slightly higher. Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects are slightly bigger than an A Level in terms of size (380 guided learning hours as opposed to 360) and have additional stretch and challenge hence why the tariff awarded is higher for a Principal Subject than for an A Level.

Please note the withdrawal of the Cambridge Pre-U in 2023 will not affect its recognition or acceptance and universities across the UK continue to welcome applications from students with Cambridge Pre-U subjects

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