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UCAS Points

Higher education in the UK and UCAS points

Higher education in the UK and UCAS points

Are you hoping to study at a UK university? Students applying for a degree or higher-level course must meet the English language requirements of the institution they apply to. Almost all universities accept C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency from CAE for entrance purposes. But did you know Cambridge English exams can be used to gain UCAS Tariff points?

UCAS Tariff points explained

UCAS Tariff points are often used by UK universities and colleges to set their entry requirements and for making offers. One-third of courses in the UCAS system use the Tariff entry requirement. Instead of requesting grades such as 2 As and a B, universities may express their offer as a number of points.

Cambridge Exams and UCAS points

Cambridge English exams are international proof of academic and professional English.

C1 Advanced is accepted worldwide as a proof of a high level of achievement and fluency in English. It shows you have the language skills that employers and universities are looking for.

C2 Proficiency is the final exam in the Cambridge main suite of exams. Companies and academic institutions including Cambridge University accept C2 Proficiency as evidence you have mastered English to an exceptional level and are able to work in the most senior academic and professional environments.

UCAS points - Uni

By achieving certain grades in C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency you can gain UCAS Tariff points and improve your chances of being accepted to the UK university of your choice. Grades equate to Tariff points as follows:

  • CE Proficiency at A achieves 42 points (equivalent to a B at A level)
  • CE Proficiency at B achieves 33 points (equivalent to a C at A level)
  • CE Proficiency at C achieves 24 points (equivalent to a D at A level)
  • CE Advanced at A achieves 32 points (equivalent to a C at A level)

Find out more about achieving UCAS Tariff points with Cambridge exams and everything Cambridge Assessment English can offer.

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