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.

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 25 points 40 points 45 points
Grade 7 40 points 55 points 60 points
Grade 8 55 points 70 points 75 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. If for example they got a distinction at Grade 7 (60 points) but only a pass at Grade 8 (55 points), they would be allocated the 60 points for the Grade 7. 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 5 points 10 points 20 points
Grade 7 10 points 15 points 25 points
Grade 8 15 points 20 points 30 points

Which Performance Arts Exams carry UCAS Points?

Performance Arts Award's Level 3 (Grade 6, 7 & 8) Examinations in Musical Theatre Performance 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 20 points 35 points 40 points
Grade 7 35 points 50 points 55 points
Grade 8 45 points 60 points 65 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. If for example they got a distinction at Grade 7 (55 points) but only a pass at Grade 8 (45 points), they would be allocated the 55 points for the Grade 7.

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 10 20 30 35
Level 3 Extended Certificate 20 40 60 70
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 60 120 180 210
Level 3 Diploma 80 160 240 280
Level 3 Extended Diploma 120 240 360 420

Related Links

View the Official UCAS Website for more information.