10 Brilliant Ways to Get More UCAS Points

20 July, 2014

Image shows a beautiful Art Deco library. You may have noticed, when perusing university prospectuses and websites, that entry requirements for university courses are sometimes stated in terms of ‘UCAS tariff points’.

You might have guessed that you are awarded a certain number of these points for each of your A-levels, with a higher number of points for higher grades; but what you might not have known is that there are many more ways of boosting your number of UCAS points beyond simply completing your A-levels. Even better, they don’t all involve devoting even more of your time to studying from textbooks. In this article, we look at the different ways in which you can raise your number of UCAS points to help the ‘results’ part of your university application stand out from the crowd.

1. Take an extra A-level or AS-level

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You don’t necessarily need to do study outside of school to get more UCAS points.

Most obviously, you can boost your number of UCAS points by taking on an extra A-level or AS-level. While it’s standard to take three A-levels, many of the brightest students will be taking four or even five A-levels, or four A-levels with perhaps an extra AS-level on top of that. That’s not to say that your application will suffer if you only have three A-levels – offers are almost always given based on three A-levels anyway (top universities might give an offer that includes four A-levels, but only if the candidate in question happens to be studying four). But an extra A-level should certainly boost your application – particularly if it’s in one of the facilitating subjects – and you’ll get up to 140 extra UCAS points. If you’re thinking of doing this, talk to the teachers at your school to find out what subjects would fit into your timetable.

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2. Study for a Level 3 Diploma, Certificate or Award in your spare time

Distance learning courses and evening classes at your local college are two avenues for you to explore for completing an award, certificate or diploma in your spare time, alongside your A-level studies. Doing a full diploma may be a bit of a tall order alongside A-levels, but the lower qualifications should be more manageable and will still give you points to the rough equivalent of half an A-level. These are a good way of gaining more vocational qualifications that could benefit your future career plans, or simply to develop skills in something you find interesting whilst gaining UCAS points at the same time. For example, the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Photography is worth 60 points, or 120 if you do the full diploma. In terms of skills for the workplace, there are numerous useful courses to choose from, such as the AAT Certificate in Accounting or the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, the latter of which gives you 70 UCAS points and aims to develop skills to improve your employability, such as problem solving and working with others. Arty types might like Trinity College London’s Gold Arts Award, which gives you 35 extra points in recognition of your involvement with a range of arts projects and leadership (recorded in a portfolio in a medium of your choosing, such as a diary, video or blog).

3. Improve your Mathematics with a Free-standing Mathematics Qualification

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Shaping up your Maths skills can get you a good qualification.

If you’re not taking Mathematics as an A-level subject, but want a qualification in it just to prove that you’re proficient, you could take a Free-standing Mathematics Qualification. The difficulty level of this qualification falls somewhere between GCSE and AS-level Maths, and at the Advanced Level you’ll come out with the rough equivalent of an A-level module. It’s ideal if you’re not keen on doing the whole A-level or AS-level in Maths, but want something more on your university application and CV to demonstrate your mathematical abilities. For example, you might be leaning towards doing all humanities subjects at A-level, because that’s what’s going to give you the best chances of securing a place on a particular degree course; but you still want to be able to show potential employers that your knowledge of maths is higher than GCSE, as this will help you stand out a bit more. A slightly higher knowledge of maths might also come in useful for certain degree subjects for which A-level maths is not required, such as Geography. Subject areas you can choose from for the Free-standing Mathematics Qualification include Additional Maths, Using and Applying Statistics, Working with Algebraic and Graphical Techniques, and Modelling with Calculus. You’ll get 20 UCAS points if you achieve an A grade.

4. Gain a Cambridge Pre-U qualification

Developed by Cambridge International Examinations, the Cambridge Pre-U qualifications can completely replace A-levels with a full programme of studies that gives you a diploma, or you can take a shorter course (over the course of a year) alongside your A-levels. Available subjects are broadly similar to A-level subject choices, with a few that are different to the standard A-level subjects, including Classical Heritage, Comparative Government and Politics, and Economics. These courses are designed to be excellent preparation for university, and are now widely recognised by admissions tutors, including by the Ivy League universities in the USA. For full courses, known as ‘Principal Subjects’, you’ll receive up to 145 UCAS points, while ‘Short Courses’ – available in Modern Foreign Languages, Mathematics and Global Perspectives – attract up to 60 points. The Modern Foreign Languages short courses (for which you can choose from Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and German) would be particularly useful in the long-term, as the ability to speak other languages has long been acknowledged as something that makes you more employable.

5. Gain points by playing a musical instrument

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You can get a remarkable amount of points from playing a musical instrument.

Do you play a musical instrument? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that the exams you do will give you extra UCAS points from Grade 6 upwards. The points you can gain range from 5 UCAS points for a pass at Grade 6 to 75 points for a Distinction at Grade 8. If you’re already an A-level student and don’t play a musical instrument, it’s probably not going to be possible to get up to Grade 6-8 standard (from nothing) before you apply for university, but taking up an instrument while you’re doing your GCSEs might give you enough time to reach the standard required to gain UCAS points, if you put in plenty of practice.

6. Volunteer in your local community

You can gain up to 50 extra UCAS points and help out a good cause by taking an ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification. At Award and Certificate level (Level 3), these qualifications give you 30 and 50 points respectively. The qualifications are all about developing your volunteering skills and knowledge, and recognising the unpaid work you do for the benefit of your community. You amass a portfolio of evidence of the voluntary work you’ve done, as well as actively developing skills in a range of useful areas, such as customer service, fundraising and project management. As well as benefiting local charities, these skills will be invaluable for your CV and will make you more attractive to potential employers, whether you want to end up working in the charity sector or not. Note that this qualification will be withdrawn at the end of 2016, but you still have time to gain one before then.

7. Go horse riding

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If horse-riding is already your hobby, you can have fun and gain UCAS points.

OK, it’s a bit more involved than simply going horse riding, but if you’re a keen rider then you can use your equestrian skills to your advantage by taking qualifications from the British Horse Society. Stage 3 qualifications, in Riding and in Horse Knowledge and Care, give you 35 UCAS points each, as does the Preliminary Teacher’s Certificate (Equine Coach). These qualifications are primarily designed for those who want to pursue an equestrian career, but they’re a good way for those with a passion for horses to get extra UCAS points doing something they love.

8. Develop your skills in Speech and Drama

Just as you can earn UCAS points for graded musical instrument exams, so you can accumulate them by taking exams in speech and drama. Like the musical instrument exams, speech and drama exams earn UCAS points from Grade 6 upwards, with a maximum of 65 points for a distinction at Grade 8, or 90 for a PCertLAM (LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech & Drama: Performance Studies). Suitable for aspiring actors and those who just enjoy performing, these qualifications develop your theatrical skills and enables you to get better at speaking clearly. This makes them useful qualifications for life in an office, not just on the stage: clear communication is essential for interacting with customers and colleagues. What’s more, drama requires good teamwork, so that’s another useful transferrable skill you’ll pick up through this qualification. Performance is a great confidence boost, too, thus extending your comfort zone and improving your ability to take on new challenges.

9. Dance your way to extra points

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Dance can be a time-consuming hobby, so make the most of it.

If music or drama aren’t quite your thing, but you’re still inclined towards the performing arts, you might be interested to know that you can gain extra UCAS points through dancing. Graded dance qualifications, similar to the music exams, are offered by several organisations, including the British Ballet Organization, the British Theatre Dance Association, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance. The maximum UCAS points you can gain this way is 65 points for a Distinction at Grade 8 (as with the music and drama exams, points are awarded from Grade 6 upwards). Along with the practical skills such qualifications instil, they also teach you the ability to work well with others – a useful skill to be able to talk about in job applications and interviews.

10. Master English with the Cambridge ESOL Examinations

For those looking to demonstrate an extremely high level of English language ability, the Certificate of Proficiency in English gains you up to 140 UCAS points and improves your English for employment and academic purposes. The test includes reading, writing, listening and speaking elements. You also have the option of taking the Certificate in Advanced English, which is a less advanced qualification that offers 70 points to those who achieve an A grade. These qualifications are an excellent addition to the university applications of those whose native language isn’t English, as they’re a respected way of proving that you can use English to an exceptional level, including specifically for an academic context. For this reason, it’s not just an excuse to accumulate more UCAS points; it’s extremely useful for developing your ability to tailor your English to the more formal constraints demanded by academic essay-writing, which will be an essential component of your time at university. Beyond that, it’s a way of showing employers that you have a superb command of the English language, which you’ll need in order to be able to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers when working in a business. The Certificate of Proficiency in English will equip you with the English skills necessary to take your studies to PhD level and beyond, write confidently about any subject, be a powerful negotiator in the world of business and talk articulately about complex issues and ideas.

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Reading University and Queen Mary, University of London, both sometimes make offers based on UCAS tariff points rather than grades.

As we’ve seen, accumulating extra UCAS points can involve saddling yourself with even more academic work, but it doesn’t have to: you can have fun with more vocational qualifications and pick up UCAS points in the process. Additional academic qualifications will make your university application look more impressive to admissions tutors, particularly when you choose to take on additional high-powered subjects on the list of ‘facilitating subjects’; but there’s plenty to be said for these more vocational qualifications as well. Many of them develop invaluable transferrable skills for success in your working life, which may prove critical to securing a job, either part-time during your university studies, or full-time once you graduate. They’re also a brilliant way to turn your hobbies into extra UCAS points without eating too much into the time you need to do well in your A-levels.






 

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59 Responses to “10 Brilliant Ways to Get More UCAS Points”

  1. October 02, 2014 at 4:07 pm, Kingza Khan said:

    I am currently studying BTEC Level 3 in business. The highest grade that i can get is a DM which is only 200 ucas points. I need max 260-280 ucas points in order to apply to university on the course that i wish to study. Do you have any alternatives that would help me get more ucas points?

    Reply

    • October 09, 2014 at 12:33 pm, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Kingza,

      Any of the options listed above would get you more UCAS points. We advise emailing the university you are interested in to see what they would recommend, as that way you can tailor your application to your particular ambitions.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team.

      Reply

      • April 17, 2015 at 9:43 am, Zoe Cameron said:

        NCS can also get you 30 UCAS points if you are 16 or 17 🙂

        Reply

        • October 06, 2015 at 2:39 pm, Sadie said:

          > I got told this too but now I completed in in February this year we are now being told we don’t get any points when they told us we did before we did it.

          Reply

          • November 05, 2015 at 2:20 pm, Shakeel Aziz said:

            Hi, I am a Regional Manager for NCS in Yorkshire.

            Just to clarify, NCS does not give UCAS points but it offers young people awesome skills, experience and recognition. It gives you plenty of points to include in CV’s, personal statements, job applications.

            Have a look at these websites for information about the NCS / UCAS link:

            https://www.ucas.com/connect/blogs/my-ncs-experience

  2. October 09, 2014 at 9:48 am, Aisha said:

    Hi
    I am currently doing a Level 3 In childcare and from that I can only gain 120-150 UCAS points and the university I want to go to you need atleast a minium of 260 UCAS points, are they any free online courses or evening courses that I can do to gain extra UCAS points, am from Burton ( Staffordshire) but can travel anywhere in the Midlands and I am 18

    Thank you

    Reply

    • October 09, 2014 at 12:30 pm, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Aisha,

      While any course that offers the qualifications we list in the article above would help you get more UCAS points, given you have a specific university in mind, we advise emailing them to ask what sort of additional qualification they would like you to have, and Googling for courses that offer those specific qualifications.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team.

      Reply

  3. October 09, 2014 at 12:45 pm, Laura said:

    Hi,
    I have taken IELTS, do I get more points with English Proficiency certificate? Is it worth doing if I already have a certificate – IELTS?

    thanks

    Reply

    • October 09, 2014 at 4:56 pm, ORA said:

      Dear Laura,

      It depends on how well you did in your IELTS. If your score was 7.5 or lower, you should either re-sit it or take the CPE. Conversely, if your score was 8 or higher, taking the CPE will not add much to your application — it is a very impressive qualification, but an IELTS score of 8 or above is also very impressive.

      Good luck,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  4. October 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm, Sarah said:

    Hi,

    I studied for LLB in Business Law whilst working full time, and as work load considerably increased towards the end of the course, I sadly failed 3 exams, although did well during 3 years and never failed before. As such, I did not qualify for an LLB and was granted a Diploma in Higher Education in Legal Studies, which, as I am sure you imagine, is heartbreaking, considering how much work I put in. I was therefore wondering if there is a way to earn extra UCAS points in such cases in order to allow me to get the LLB degree. Thank you.

    Reply

  5. November 05, 2014 at 11:44 pm, Arran said:

    Hi im doing btec business level 3, design tech and a few welsh bac skills ive added up my predicted grades and im up to 260, my course minimum is 270. Is it worth taking an as level to try and boost or try and knuckle down and work up my grades?

    Reply

    • November 06, 2014 at 9:14 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Arran,

      Getting your grades up a little is almost certainly going to be less work than taking on an extra AS-level, especially given you don’t need that many extra points.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team.

      Reply

  6. December 09, 2014 at 8:31 pm, Megan said:

    Hello,
    I didn’t plan on going to Uni until about a month ago and I’ve been out of school for 2 years now. I left 6th form with only 2 A levels (A&C) so I don’t have enough tariff points to get into any of the Uni’s I like.
    Any advice on what I should do?

    Reply

    • December 10, 2014 at 11:56 am, ORA said:

      Hi Megan,

      It’s very simple — you need to do two more A-levels, and we recommend you take both to A2, given that you are taking only two.

      There is the additional complication that some institutions might consider your two A-levels stale; for this reason you may wish to consider starting from scratch and picking four sensible subjects, one to drop at AS and three to take all the way to A2, but do call your chosen Universities to check — two years isn’t that much and they might accept the one ones you already have.

      With regard to the learning itself, you have a number of options available to you; the cheapest is to self-study your A-levels, but this requires discipline and quite a bit of academic flair. If you are not naturally academic, you will need good teachers — they make all the difference.

      Good luck,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

      • December 11, 2014 at 9:38 am, ORA Admin said:

        Dear Megan,

        There are a few possible alternative routes in university that you could also take, in addition to sitting further A-levels and taking the conventional route. For instance, depending on your subject, you might be able to take a foundation year and then go to uni a year later (instead of two years later if you were to sit further A-levels). Alternatively, you might want to consider an Access course.

        We hope this helps!

        The ORA Team

        Reply

  7. January 05, 2015 at 5:21 pm, Sam said:

    Hi, I have completed a Level 3 BTEC in Construction and Built Environment, I’m not certain but I think with my grades it only amounts to 80-100 UCAS points. I have got a trainee role in the career that I wanted, but I need to go on to further education to really master the role and to become chartered. What are my options please?
    Thanks.

    Reply

  8. April 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm, Joanna said:

    Hello
    I am starting an Access to HE in Science this September, meanwhile I am doing an online course NCFE in Animal Behaviour. I thought this isn’t worth any UCAS points but this article says that NCFE in Photography is worth 60 UCAS points. Is this the same for my course?

    Thank you, joanna.

    Reply

  9. April 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm, Sean said:

    Is it possible to do Cambridge pre-U’s alongside A levels

    Reply

  10. May 20, 2015 at 10:12 am, Rianna said:

    Hi,

    So I’m doing my level 3 in childcare and I need some extra UCAS points for the univiersity I want to go to. I was thinking about doing a TEFL course but I wasn’t sure if I gained any UCAS points for doing that. I was also thinking about doing a makaton course as well but I don’t suppose that will give me extra UCAS points will it?

    Thanks

    Reply

    • May 20, 2015 at 10:23 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Rianna,

      It doesn’t appear that either of those options will get you extra UCAS points, though you might want to look through the list of tariff tables here and see if I’ve missed them. It is also always worth ringing/emailing the university you are interested in and asking them how they would prefer you to make up the required points score.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  11. June 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm, Dan said:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    how many UCAS points is the AAT Certificate? Thank you very much.

    Dan

    Reply

  12. July 08, 2015 at 5:51 pm, Rebecca Field said:

    i have just got a distinction for my intermediate modern jazz dace examination through IDTA, are UCAS points available for this?

    Reply

    • July 09, 2015 at 11:54 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Rebecca,

      Yes, according to the table here, your qualification is worth 65 points, or slightly more than an A as AS-level – well done!

      Regards,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  13. August 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm, Kate said:

    Hi, I need to get 280 UCAS points and I’ve just done my as and got BDE.
    I rang up my college and they said I cannot pick up an AS I’d have to resit but I’ve seen many people pick up As is there any other way I can pick up more UCAS points, and the Volunteering for your community how would you find a place could it be at any charity and how would you cash in the UCAS points?

    Thank you.

    Reply

    • August 17, 2015 at 9:49 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Kate,

      Just to confirm – you have just received BDE at AS-level? So if you were to get the same grades at A-level, you would get 200 points. I agree with your school that it would be better for you to resit and/or to try and get your grades up at A-level; your university might well not accept UCAS points that you get from other sources. I would recommend emailing your preferred university to check.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  14. August 20, 2015 at 10:45 am, Relly said:

    Hi,

    Overall I’ve got 250 from my Health & Social Care Level 3 BTEC and extended project (which I didn’t do that great in), but I’m 10 points shy from even getting into unis that would accept people with 260. I failed my sociology AS; so I’m wondering should I take this year to do some community work to get some UCAS points (as you mentioned above) and try re-sitting my sociology AS paper and editing my extended project dissertation so I can earn some more UCAS points? I’m really in a rut here.

    Reply

    • August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Relly,

      It’s hard to give tailored advice in this area. If your school has a good careers adviser, I would recommend asking them; if not, have you got any ideas of which university you might like to go to? If so, I’d recommend emailing or calling them to ask for the kind of qualifications they’d like to see. It’s the kind of advice they should be happy to provide.

      We hope this helps!

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  15. September 04, 2015 at 7:38 am, Amanda said:

    HI
    I studied a 6 week course at NYU an Intro to Psychology and and Intro to Applied Psychology. These were degree level courses. I got A’s in both courses and a GPA score of 4 units for each course. This would count towards a degree in the US. How do I convert that for my UK application? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

    Reply

    • September 04, 2015 at 9:13 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Amanda,

      Looking at the UCAS tariff tables, I can’t see anything that would convert your GPA score into UCAS points. You might wish to get in touch with UCAS directly to ask about this. Rest assured that even if you can’t use these courses for UCAS points, you can mention taking them on your personal statement and that will be impressive to universities.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  16. September 08, 2015 at 7:59 am, **Hope*** said:

    Thanks for a great article.

    My daughter has completed her A Levels this year after switching to a boy’s grammar school gaining C,D,D (Biology, Chemistry, Maths). (She got BBC at AS – she was getting there slowly – I think se needed a just a couple more months to consolidate her learning, but she came out of the exams saying some of the maths and chemistry had been completely beyond her – it doesn’t help that she tends to rush in exams and mis-reads questions).

    She also dropped Physics before completing the AS course – it proved much too challenging for her. She struggled with the boys school’s way of teaching (quite aggressive – eg. covering the entire AS maths syllabus in first term which suited the very bright students headed for medicine or law but not slower students like her who needs to fully grasp a concept before moving on). She also spent far too much time doing part-time work evenings and weekends in a supermarket café where she enjoyed the work (we have had a very low income family last few years so pocket money has not been possible).

    She originally wanted to study Food Science, but lowered her sights to a BA in Food Design Technology at LJM who asked for 260 points (entry has been dropped to 240 at clearing). It is frustrating because it is not a high-powered course. She is a perfectly bright girl (10 A’s and A-stars at GCSE) and the great amount of practical food work on the course (30 hours of contact time) would suit her down to the ground. If she had studied for less demanding A Levels I’m certain she would have achieved the 260 points.

    I suppose my question is, could there be any mileage/points in the unfinished Physics AS level?

    She is adamant she does not want to spend a year back at the boy’s school (she hated it) on re-takes, and can’t afford to take further AS levels where we would probably have to pay for the course (our local Tech College says that because she ‘passed’ her A Levels she would not get any more funding for new ones.

    I must tell you she has just been offered a clearing place at an Agricultural University doing a BSc Food Science and Nutrition, she is nervous of the amount of science in this course, but she will take it if there is no more chance of getting onto the BA at LJM (which appears to be still available at clearing).

    Any advice gratefully received!

    Reply

    • September 08, 2015 at 9:20 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Hope,

      It seems like there are two questions in here. First of all, is there any mileage in the unfinished Physics AS level, in terms of UCAS points? I’m afraid there isn’t.

      The second implicit question seems to be to ask what we would advise your daughter to do. You have probably already thought of this, but just in case: has she tried contacting LJM to see if they would accept her for the Food Design Technology course despite her grades? It’s very late in the day for Clearing spaces still to be available, so they might be more flexible now than earlier in the Clearing process, especially if your daughter mentions her strong results at GCSE.

      If this is not a possibility, and resits aren’t either, then it may be time to think a little more long-term. If your daughter would have preferred a better calibre of university for her undergraduate degree, she might find it reassuring to think that if she does well at undergraduate level, she could go somewhere more prestigious for a Master’s – which is what prospective employers will then look at first. I suspect from what you’ve said that she will find the university learning environment suits her better than that of a high-pressure sixth form.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  17. September 09, 2015 at 8:05 pm, Daryl said:

    Hi,
    I have Philosophy AS {E}, English a level (D), Computing a level (C), maths AS (D)

    I am currently doing maths A2 and btec level 3 IT and targeted (DM)

    Although my philosophy AS was done 3 years ago, I was wondering if I would still be able to use the UCAS from the course

    And if so do university prefer UCAS or Grades?

    Reply

    • September 10, 2015 at 9:11 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Daryl,

      That will depend entirely on the university. Some only accept A-level qualifications taken within the first two years of A-level; others are more flexible. As is so often the case, the best way to find out what’s the case for the universities you’re interested in is to phone or email them.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  18. September 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm, Bilkis said:

    Hi,
    I studied English Lit. Media and Level 3 BTEC Applied Science in AS. But my results were E in both English and Media and a pass in Applied Science. As I did not pass my AS exams as in my college you need at least a D to stay in college and carry on A2, they told me to retake my exams, so they let me carry on my subjects in A2. However I do not want to retake my AS exams as I would have to go back to AS and stay another year. What shall I do? Also do you have any other ways in getting UCAS points? In Applied Science how much UCAS points would it be if I get a Merit or a Distinction?
    Thank you.

    Reply

    • September 14, 2015 at 10:07 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Bilkis,

      For standard qualifications like A-levels and BTECs, you can use this tool to work out the UCAS points you would get. Beyond this, I am inclined to agree with your college – it is hard to see how you could get enough UCAS points for university without resitting your exams.

      We hope this helps.

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  19. November 03, 2015 at 9:49 pm, esin said:

    Hi,

    does the Duke of Edinburgh gold qualification give you any ucas points?
    Also I’m doing the EPQ instead of the Cambidge Pre-u, does this give you any ucas points?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • November 04, 2015 at 11:10 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Esin,

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately we aren’t able to calculate the exact quantity of UCAS points that particular extra-curricular activities afford. Perhaps it would be helpful for you to look at the Duke of Edinburgh website to learn about the benefits of this award. Further information about UCAS tariff points will be available on the UCAS website.

      Best Wishes,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  20. November 06, 2015 at 10:14 am, tyanna said:

    Hi,
    I received 260 points at A level and need a minimum of 280 to get into most of the universities I want to go to, unfortunately. I am currently doing an Art foundation course at a well known University, so my question is will that foundation course boost my points? If not how could I apply for a musical qualification because I can play, and is it worth it now considering my age?

    Reply

    • November 09, 2015 at 1:53 pm, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Tyanna,

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately we are unable to advise you on your specific situation. Our suggestion would be to discuss your UCAS points with a tutor or careers advisor. Additionally, the UCAS website may be able to provide you with some helpful information, specifically the Tariff Table points calcuator page.

      Best of luck with your future,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  21. November 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm, Hannah said:

    Are the swimming grades-5 or above considered for UCAS points?
    Thanks
    Hannah

    Reply

  22. December 02, 2015 at 8:07 pm, Joey said:

    Hi,

    How do you get a Pre-U subject? Do you mean self study? If so, how?

    Thanks so much.

    Reply

  23. March 11, 2016 at 8:56 am, luca paone-michael said:

    does writing a published book get you any ucas points

    Reply

    • March 11, 2016 at 9:33 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Luca,

      Thank you for your comment. While having a published book is unlikely to gain you any extra UCAS points, as they generally are calculated through formal qualifications, it is certainly something that you should make university admissions tutors aware of. You should definitely include achievements such as this in the Personal Statement section of your application, and anywhere else it may seem appropriate. To calculate your UCAS points and for extra information, please see the UCAS website.

      I hope this helps, best of luck with your application!

      Best wishes,

      The ORA Team

      Reply

  24. April 08, 2016 at 6:37 pm, Jeet said:

    Hey,

    I just wanted to know that if I wanted to do the Cambridge ESOL Examinations, how would I do it? Would I have to contact the Uni? And also how much would it cost to do it?

    Reply

  25. April 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm, Charlotte said:

    Hi, i did NCS and would like to know how can you collect or gain your 30 UCAS points please. Thank you.

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  26. April 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm, Mathew Whitaker said:

    I need 40 more ucas points to do the university course I want which is outdoor leadership degree. I have been in the CCF at school and have reached the highest rank having taken part in many many leadership courses, can I get any ucas points for this?

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    • April 25, 2016 at 10:23 am, ORA Admin said:

      Dear Mathew,

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately I cannot be sure whether the qualifications you have received through CCF can gain you UCAS points – I would suggest looking at the UCAS Tariff page, which exaplins UCAS points and links to a 2017 Tariff calculator that allows you to enter the name of your qualification and see how many points it equates to. If this doesn’t help, I would suggest asking a careers advisor at school or contacting UCAS directly.

      I hope this helps!

      Best wishes,

      The ORA Team

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  27. July 11, 2016 at 12:15 am, Adam Stevens said:

    Hi, i am looking at around 120 UCAS points as i took two A2 and an AS i need around 200 points to do a foundation year. Will it be better to do a fast track course or a just complete a level 3 btec for one year?

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  28. August 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm, Hamna said:

    How many UCAS points do you get for doing NCS?

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  29. September 15, 2016 at 11:53 pm, Ana said:

    I want to study modern languages at university. I am already bilingual in Portuguese and English plus I am currently taking Highers in French, Spanish, English and a few other non-language courses. What would you suggest to pick up out of school, that would be helpful on a modern languages course uni application form?

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  30. October 05, 2016 at 7:16 pm, Sarah said:

    Hi, I was just wondering if swimming stages 6 or above are considered for ucas points

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  31. December 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm, cath said:

    Hi, I just wanted to know whether writing a blog can generate any UCAS points?

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  32. August 16, 2017 at 10:20 pm, Emily Hall said:

    Hi basically I am wanting to do civil engineering at Leeds Beckett uni and it is 72 ucas points I believe in clearing but I only have about 60 as I did 3 AS’s and a subsidiary diploma at M in construction and the built environment and half of the diploma (so I did my first year and the whole course is 2 years) is it possible for me to go to uni this year? Or have I just left it way too late?

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  33. August 23, 2017 at 9:38 pm, GEJAD said:

    My son was awarded a Distinction in his G8 ABRSM music exam in the term before he started at his secondary school. The UCAS Form only covers the time that he has been at his secondary school. Does that imply that this qualification does not count for UCAS points? If this is the case does he have to retake the exam.

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  34. August 29, 2017 at 11:10 am, Susan Turner said:

    Hi, I’m six ucas points away from getting into the course I desire is there anything I can do within a month to gain more points

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    • August 30, 2017 at 10:57 am, Audrina Oakes-Cottrell said:

      Dear Susan

      We understand this must be a stressful time for you.
      We cannot accurately advise on ways to gain extra UCAS points within such a short space of time. It is worth checking your qualifications against the UCAS Tariff Points Calculator to see if there is something you have already achieved which you have overlooked.
      Also, it would be wise to ask this question of a school tutor or guidance counsellor. They would be able to provide you with more accurate advice tailored to your individual situation.
      We hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Oxford Royale Academy

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  35. September 15, 2017 at 12:02 am, Komal said:

    Hi, I’m 20 in my penultimate year of graduating from a BSc Hons in Mathematics and I am applying for grad schemes. I want to be a financial analyst in the future and a lot of the programmes which offer this opportunity require a minimum of 300 UCAS points of which I only have 240. Is there any way I can obtain more UCAS points so I can work towards my CFA quicker?

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  36. October 05, 2017 at 8:21 am, Vikki jones said:

    hi. I am a mature student of 32 who is looking to go into a PGCE course at uni….my a-levels were done in 2002…I don’t have enough points by about 60, so was thinking of doing an access course….but will unis still accept my a-levels?

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