What are UCAS points?

The UCAS system gives most qualifications you can study in the UK after the age of 16, such as A levels, T levels, BTECs and music exams, a points value. The higher the qualification grade, the more points you get.

What is the UCAS points calculator?

You'll often see a UCAS points total in university course entry requirements. Use our UCAS points calculator to work out how many UCAS points you have.

The tariff calculator will allow you to see what grades you need to get into your preferred course at Portsmouth.

Use our UCAS points calculator to find your points total.


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How to use the UCAS points calculator

1. Start typing your qualification (for example, 'A level') into the 'Qualification' search box, and select the right qualification from the dropdown that appears. Please note that T level qualifications can be found at the very bottom of the dropdown list. 

2. Enter your subject (such as 'Maths', 'English,' among many others) in the 'Subject' box (this is optional).

3. Choose the grade that you got in that qualification from the dropdown list.

4. If you're happy with the qualification data you've entered, click 'Add'. This will add the points for that qualification to your UCAS points total.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 for each of your qualifications.

6. Once you've entered the details for each of your qualifications, the UCAS points calculator will provide you with your 'Indicative points total' at the bottom. You can then use this UCAS points total to help you understand which degree courses you can apply to.

Find your course

Now that you've calculated your UCAS points score, you can see which of our courses you qualify for.

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UCAS tariff FAQs

UCAS tariff points are a way of showing the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course. UCAS gives each qualification and grade a certain number of points. This UCAS calculator uses the data supplied by UCAS.

UCAS points are particularly useful if you haven’t done A levels, or you’ve got a mix of A levels and other qualifications.

Your UCAS tariff, or score, will normally need to match or exceed the UCAS tariff of a particular course in order for you to be eligible to apply, though there are sometimes exceptions to this.

Each of your existing qualifications is given a numerical score by UCAS, based on the type of qualification and your grade. These scores are totalled up to produce your overall UCAS score.

Some international qualifications have an assigned UCAS score for each achieved grade, others do not. The easiest way to get a sense of where you stand with your international qualifications is to visit our 'Your Country' page, and find the information for the country in which you gained your qualifications.

This will depend on the degree courses you're looking to apply for. Search our courses to find your ideal course and see if your UCAS score is high enough to apply. At Portsmouth our normal UCAS points requirement is between 112-120 points.

In terms of the tariffs that individual institutions offer, this can vary significantly, depending on the university in question. Average course entry requirements can range between 95 UCAS points to as high as 208 UCAS points. These numbers are averages, so the actual UCAS points tariff for a particular course can vary considerably.

At Portsmouth our normal UCAS points requirement is between 112-120 points.

In terms of the average UCAS scores that students receive, this data is much harder to come by, and largely meaningless; your UCAS score is only relevant to the course(s) you want to study.

If the total we've given you doesn't look right, the first step is to re-enter your qualification details and make sure you didn't make a mistake.

If the total still looks wrong, get in touch with our admissions team using the contact details below, and they will advise you.

UCAS has assigned points to most post-16 UK qualifications, but not all of them. If you can't find your qualification in the calculator contact our admissions team and they will help you.

You can find out more about what's included in the calculator on the UCAS website.

UCAS tariff points are a guide. Universities and colleges don’t have to accept the tariff value UCAS gives a particular qualification, although in most cases they do. 

Occasionally a university will feel that the content of a qualification isn’t fully relevant for a particular course. In these circumstances they may tell you that the qualification is worth fewer points than UCAS has suggested.

Use our course search page to find your perfect course, get some advice on how to apply or get all your questions answered with our 'getting started' information.

Don't panic. Even if you don't quite meet the entry requirements, we'd still encourage you to apply as you could still get a place. Give us a call and we'll be happy to talk to you about it. 

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