UCAS Points

RSL Awards’ qualifications aid progression into Higher Education. We have a huge range of qualifications at Level 3 that carry UCAS Points. This page explains what UCAS is, what UCAS Points are, and the amount of UCAS Points our qualifications carry.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Graded Music Exams and UCAS Points

Which Graded Music Exams carry UCAS Points?

Rockschool

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

RSL Classical

RSL Classical Piano, Violin and Guitar all have UCAS Points available at grades 6, 7 & 8.

Instrument Music Grades (including Music Production)

See the table below for the UCAS points awarded for a given Grade Level (Grade Exam, Graded Certificate & Performance Certificate), grade boundary and mark:

Grade Pass Merit Distinction
Grade 6 8 points 10 points 12 points
Grade 7 12 points 14 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

Purchase your graded music exam entry

Booking your graded music exam is an extremely simple process. Whether you want to take your exam in person or online, simply purchase your exam entry from our online shop before completing your exam details via your RSL Awards secure account.

Performance Arts Awards

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:

Musical Theatre Grades 6 – 8

Acting Grades 6 – 8

Screen Acting Grades 6 – 8

Public Speaking Grades 6 – 8

Jazz Dance Grades 6 – 8

Street Dance Grades 6 – 8

 

UCAS Points Awarded for Musical Theatre, Acting, Screen Acting and Public Speaking 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 24 points 27 points 30 points

UCAS Points Awarded for Dance 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

Vocational Qualifications

UCAS Points Awarded for Music Practitioners (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

UCAS Points Awarded for Creative Music Industry (Vocational Qualifications)

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

Qualification Pass Merit Distinction Distinction*
Level 3 Award 4 8 12 14
Level 3 Certificate 8 16 24 28
Level 3 Extended Certificate 16 32 48 56
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 24 48 72 84
Level 3 Diploma 32 64 96 112
Level 3 Extended Diploma 48 96 144 168

UCAS Points Awarded for Creative
& Performing Arts (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 8 16 24 28
Level 3 Extended Certificate 8 16 24 28
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 16 32 48 56
Level 3 Diploma 24 48 72 84
Level 3 Extended Diploma 48 96 144 168

UCAS Points Awarded for Creative
Digital Media (Vocational Qualifications)

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

Qualification Pass Merit Distinction Distinction*
Level 3 Award 4 8 12 14
Level 3 Certificate 8 16 24 28
Level 3 Extended Certificate 16 32 48 56
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.

Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via www.musicroom.com. The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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