How many UCAS Tariff points are Access to HE Diplomas worth?

The number of Tariff points for the Access to Higher Education Diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, dependent on your grade profile. A full breakdown of grade profiles and UCAS points is included in the UCAS Tariff Tables Guide.

UCAS Tariff Tables guide

Introduced in 2016, the current Tariff is entirely different to the version developed in 2001. This means that points under the two systems are not comparable. As a guide an A Level at Grade A on the old Tariff was 120 points, on the new Tariff it is 48 points. An Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Distinction, attracts the same number of tariff points as three A Levels at Grade A on the new tariff.

The tariff points listed apply to the QAA Access to HE Diploma first taught from September 2014 and awarded since 2015 and will be used for applications submitted for the 2017 admissions cycle onwards (i.e. for students making applications from September 2016 for university and college courses starting from September 2017.) This is because Access to HE qualifications can be used up to 5 years after they are achieved.

UCAS also provides a Tariff Points Calculator to help you work out how many points you can get from different qualifications at different grades. To find out how many points you need to join your chosen course, you can check the entry requirements online or in your prospectus.

UCAS Tariff Calculator

For more information about the new UCAS undergraduate Tariff, please visit the UCAS website.

Visit the UCAS website

To help Access to HE students find diplomas that set them on the path of achieving their dream career, QAA has launched Career Coach. Why not use this online tool on enrolment days or in the final weeks of courses where learners are now ready for Level 3?

Career Coach