For students beginning their UCAS application in 2016 with the aim of going to university in September/October 2017, then they need to pay attention to the new UCAS tariff.
If you are not sure what the UCAS tariff is, let me quickly explain: the UCAS tariff is a system UCAS introduced to make it easier for universities to compare students who have done different exams. For example, the UCAS tariff allows for an easier comparison between students who did A-Levels and the IB Diploma.
As a basic point the new tariff means that when looking for entry requirements, students need to make sure that they are looking at the latest marketing materials and information provided by universities. The new system’s points are dramatically lower than the old system, so if a student looks at the old requirements they may be put off a course which they actually have the necessary grades for.
However, it is important to remember that only approximately a third of undergraduate courses in the UK actually use the tariff as their entry requirements. The most common method remains asking for specific exams results, for example, “AAB at A-Level with an A in the subject you are applying for”.