UCAS and CAO Points

Allocation of UCAS Tariff Points to the Irish Leaving Certificate

UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) is the central applications body for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges. Its website contains all the information you need to apply to college including: how to apply, fees and information about the colleges. Applications must be made online through the UCAS website. You can apply through your school or as an individual.

The UCAS tariff allocates a numerical score to a range of qualifications and attainments, establishing equivalence between them and allowing the aggregation of scores from many different qualifications. It became available in 2002 for UK universities to use in making their offers of places, but not all universities are using it. Some do not agree with the equivalences and weights determined by UCAS while others simply prefer to make offers based on specific grades in specific subjects. In general, universities that appear higher up the League Table are less likely to use the UCAS tariff in making their offers. Even those using it are likely to require specific grades in certain key subjects as well as an overall tariff score. click here...

UCAS tariff points table

Grade

A levels

AS levels

Highers

BTEC Aw

BTEC Cert

BTEC Dip

A

120

(A*=140)

60

72

D 120

DD 240

DDD 360

B

100

50

60

-

DM 200

DMM 280

C

80

40

48

M 80

MM 160

MMM 240

D

60

30

42

-

MP 120

MPP 160

E

40

20

-

P 40

PP 80

PPP 120

 

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Increasing numbers of Irish students are applying to UK HEIs, particularly in Northern Ireland. While the numbers of students presenting the Irish Leaving Certificate may be small in comparison with GCE A Level, it is nevertheless important, in the interests of widening participation in both countries, that the Irish qualification is understood and accepted for entry to HE in the UK. The admission of the Irish Leaving Certificate to the Tariff is designed to support this aim.

The table below will assist users to convert Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) grades to UCAS points:It sets out the recommended allocation of UCAS Tariff points to the ILC Higher and Ordinary Level grades.

Recommended allocation of UCAS Tariff Points to Higher and Ordinary Level Grades in the ILC using the CAO Model.

  

ILC Higher Grade

CAO Points

UCAS Tariff Points

ILC Ordinary Grade

CAO Points

UCAS Tariff Points

A1

100

90

  

  

  

A2

90

77

 

 

 

B1

85

71

 

 

 

B2

80

64

 

 

 

B3

75

58

 

 

 

C1

70

52

 

 

 

C2

65

45

 

 

 

C3

60

39

 A1

 60

 39

D1

55

33

 

 

 

D2

50

26

 A2

 50

 26

D3

45

20

 B1

 45

 20

 

 

 

 B2

 40

 14

 

 

 

 B3

 35

 7



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