# How Does Ucas Points Work?

## What are UCAS points?

I'm new into UK and I am trying to understand "UCAS points base system" is, and how does it work? I heard you get them from what your A -levels are or does your GCSE score counts to? when do I need to use these points? - Any help would be appreciated.

Ucas points is a point system to get into uni

A = 120 UCAS points

B= 100

C= 80

D = 60

And so on.. (they go down in 20's)

When you apply to uni they will either say we want something like ABB or 300 ucas points which might be if you work it out according to the tarrif above BBB, ACB, and so on....

## How can i get more ucas points for Reading university?

The offer ive been given for Biochemistry requires 320 ucas points, i may get this from my grades but its too risky, does anyone know a way i can aquire any more ucas points that they will accept other than an AS.

Reaching grade 6 or higher with singing or any instrument will earn you ucas points ... Try googling ucas though for more ideas. Good luck!

## What is UCAS and how does ucas points work?(uk only)?

UCAS is the organisation that manages applications to higher education courses in the UK. Almost everyone who wants to do a degree at university for example, must apply through UCAS. They also help students find the right course for them.

Under the UCAS system, points are awarded to students based on their educational qualifications e.g. getting a B at A-level is worth 100 points. The points are added up to give a total which is used when applying for courses. For example a university course may require that candidates have a UCAS points score of at least 300 to apply. Harder courses require a greater score. As well as academic achievements, passing music exams above grade 6 also gives you UCAS points. For UCAS score calculators, look at this useful link:

http://www.merlinhelpsstudents.com/studentlife/beforeuniversity/ucas/ucaspointscalculator.asp

## What are UCAS points and what are they used for?

I just went into year 12 and we haven't even been told what UCAS points are, yet the teachers keep going on about it. Can someone please explain to me a bit more? Thanks in advance

UCAS points are used to work out how many points you have achieved in your A-Levels, or BTECs or any other qualification that is counted (but it's really A-Levels) and they give an assesment. The higher grades you have achieved the better. For instance an A* at A-Level would carry more points than a C at A-Level. The higher grade you get the more points you get, and the more A-Levels you do the more points you get, however it's quality that matters and not quantity.

A lot of universities have a mininium UCAS points entry requirement, with a lot of top universities requiring 500 UCAS points and above, meaning you will need around 2 A*s and 2 A's to get in. To work out how many UCAS points you just use the UCAS points calculator (type that in google and it will come up) - enter the subjects you have done, and the grade and it will calculate it for you.

When you apply to university and are made an offer some will ask for example: 240 UCAS points, however UCAS points are important but they aren't that important as somebody with 5 E's at A-Level will still gain a reasonable amount of UCAS points. The top universities won't specify UCAS points when they are making an offer but will instead specify the grades they want, for example: AAB.

If universities want you to get a certain amount of UCAS points then it doesn't matter what grade you achieve in your A-Levels or what you are doing as long as you get the points required. However if you need the grades, like AAB then you must get the grades or no admission

It is very confusing and UCAS is the hardest part of the whole university thing, but if you have any questions phone UCAS.

## Confused about UCAS points......?

Do you UCAS points count from GCSEs or is it just A-levels that universities are looking for? For example, Leeds College of Art want a minimum for 240 UCAS points, but from GCSE or A-level?? Thanks

You only get UCAS points from A-level, BTEC and other equivalent courses (UCAS stands for Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, so only involves pre-university relevant qualifications).

UCAS points conversion at A-level:

A* = 140

A = 120

B = 100

C = 80

D = 60

E = 40

UCAS points at AS level:

A = 60

B = 50

C = 40

D = 30

E = 20

BUT, be careful. Although you technically receive UCAS points for completing an AS level, it is unlikely that the points from your AS can be counted towards your final UCAS grades when applying to a course (if you originally took 4 AS level subjects and dropped to 3 A2 level subjects).

Therefore, you might think that 240 UCAS could mean you only need BBc (2 Bs at A-level and a C at AS), but is likely that you'll actually need to get CCC at A-level. Either way you can always contact the university to make sure, but usually the UCAS points only refer to the completed A-level subjects, not the AS subjects, and NEVER the GCSE subjects.

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