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As well as using grades, UCAS and some universities choose to make their offers based on tariff points. Tariffs are the average results that current students achieved for entry the previous year. Some students will, of course, have gained higher than the average, but as a rule, tariffs are a good indicator of the entry level.

Tariffs remove the need for students to achieve specific grades as they are allowed to combine their converted marks. So fFormerly, an offer of A, B required the student to achieve just that but under the tariff system A, A, C or even A*, C, C would ensure successful entry. Tariffs also allow students to combine their A-level grade points with BTEC grades. 

*as always, please check the course entry requirements at your university of choice. 

Grade Tariff points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

The chart above is for qualifications offered by

AQQ, CCEA, OCR, Pearson Edexcel and WJEC

BTEC Tariffs (Pearson)

Grade Tariff points
D*D* 112
D*D 104
DD 96
DM 80
MM 64
MP 48
PP 32

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