UCAS tariff points for Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance

UCAS have recently announced changes to the UCAS tariff. The new UCAS Tariff points are applicable to higher education courses starting from September 2017 with a switchover date in terms of UCAS systems taking place in September 2016. 

All qualifications that currently attract UCAS Tariff points will continue to do so. 

The new tariff has been calculated based on the size of the qualification and the grade awarded. There are 4 size bands and 12 grade bands which are calculated based on A level and AS level grades. The size band and the grade band for each qualification are multiplied to obtain the tariff points.

The new tariff points for Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations at level 3 are shown in the table below.

Grade Tariff Points
  Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6
Distinction 20 16 12
Merit 18 14 10
Pass 16 12 8
Grade Tariff Points
  Advanced Foundation Intermediate
Distinction 24 20
Merit 20 14
Pass 16 8

The current tariff points for Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance will be used until the new tariff is in place. The current tariff points are below:

Graded dance Vocational graded dance Tariff points
Grade 8 Grade 7 Grade 6 Advanced Foundation Intermediate  
      Distinction   70
Distinction       Distinction 65
Merit Distinction   Merit   55
        Merit 50
Pass Merit   Pass   45
    Distinction   Pass 40
  Pass Merit     35
    Pass     20

What does this mean for candidates?

It means that IDTA candidates will still be able to use their qualifications towards the UCAS tariff in the future. Although the number of points is different and lower than in the current tariff all qualifications have had to go through the same calculations for the new tariff. This means that every qualification in the new tariff has been allocated new points.

Are UCAS tariff points universally accepted by Universities?

Not necessarily. Every University is self-governing which means that individual Universities will have their own policies and procedures for dealing with applications from prospective students.

What should candidates do if they want to use my tariff points on an application?

We would strongly advise that they contact the Universities that they are applying to and talk to the Admissions staff about your application. The University will be able to advise them about whether their tariff points will count towards their application.

What happens if a University doesn’t accept the tariff points for Dance?

For some Universities and some courses the tariff points may not count in themselves, but that doesn’t mean that the qualifications shouldn’t form part of the application. Having a range of skills, knowledge and understanding and other interests will all make a difference to a personal statement. Some Universities will like the fact that prospective students have a range of other interests outside of the course they are applying for.

Which qualifications count towards the tariff points?

The tariff points are allocated to Graded Examinations in Dance at Grades 6, 7 and 8 and Vocational Graded Examinations at Intermediate and Advanced Foundation. These are at level 3 in the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Only qualifications which are recognised as part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework will count towards the tariff points. Any qualifications gained before 1st January 2013 will not be allocated tariff points.

Where can I find out further information?

Further information about the UCAS tariff points: www.ucas.com

A full list of the new tariff tables can be found on the UCAS website. Click here