What is UCAS?

UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) is a clearing house for applications to almost all full-time undergraduate degree programmes at UK universities and colleges.

What are UCAS Points?

UCAS rates qualifications and awards them a tariff score based on various factors. The points accrued by completing multiple qualifications which are on the UCAS tariff can be combined together to meet University entry requirements.

The New Tariff

UCAS tariff points have changed for entry to Higher Education in 2017 and beyond. All qualifications in the new system carry far fewer points than was previously the case.

All qualifications have been reassessed by UCAS and had a new rating applied. For example a Grade A* at A Level used to carry 140 points under the old tariff. The same A* grade would now carry 56 points under the new system.

All of RSL's qualifications have retained their value relative to equivalent qualifications from other Awarding Organisations.

Which RSL Qualifications Have UCAS Points?

The following is a list of all our current qualifications which carry UCAS points:

Which Rockschool Exams carry UCAS Points?

Rockschool's Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Piano & Keyboard and Music Theory Grades 6, 7 & 8 all have UCAS points.

Grade Exam

See the table below for the UCAS points awarded for a given Grade Exam grade and mark:

Grade Pass Merit Distinction
Grade 6 6 points 10 points 12 points
Grade 7 10 points 12 points 16 points
Grade 8 18 points 24 points 30 points

Where a candidate has taken more than one exam in one instrument, they can only put forward the exam which gave them the highest number of points. However, where points are awarded for graded exams in different instruments, these can be accumulated, but it would be the decision of the university or college whether or not they choose to accept both sets of points.

Music Theory

See the table below for the UCAS points awarded for a given Music Theory grade and mark:

Grade Pass Merit Distinction
Grade 6 4 points 5 points 6 points
Grade 7 6 points 7 points 8 points
Grade 8 8 points 9 points 10 points

Which Performance Arts Exams carry UCAS Points?

Performance Arts Award's Level 3 (Grade 6, 7 & 8) Examinations carry UCAS points, enabling them to help with entry to university.

The following is a list of all our Performance Arts qualifications which carry UCAS points:

UCAS Points Awarded for Musical Theatre Exams

See the table below for the UCAS points awarded for a given grade and mark:

Grade Pass Merit Distinction
Grade 6 8 points 10 points 12 points
Grade 7 12 points 14 points 16 points
Grade 8 16 points 18 points 20 points

Where a candidate has taken more than one exam, they can only put forward the exam which gave them the highest number of points

Which Vocational Exams carry UCAS Points?

The following is a list of all our vocational qualifications which carry View the UCAS Points:

UCAS Points Awarded for Vocational Qualifications

See the table below for the UCAS points awarded for a given qualification and mark:

Qualification Pass Merit Distinction Distinction*
Level 3 Certificate 4 8 12 14
Level 3 Extended Certificate 8 16 24 28
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 24 48 72 84
Level 3 Diploma 32 64 96 112
Level 3 Extended Diploma 48 96 144 168

Related Links

View the Official UCAS Website for more information.