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From September, UCAS is introducing a new over-arching points tariff for school leavers wanting to enter higher education. It will give numerical values to the broader range of qualifications now available for higher education entry. It also establishes agreed equivalences between different types of qualifications and provides comparisons between applicants with different types of achievement.

From September, UCAS is introducing a new over-arching points tariff for school leavers wanting to enter higher education. It will give numerical values to the broader range of qualifications now available for higher education entry. It also establishes agreed equivalences between different types of qualifications and provides comparisons between applicants with different types of achievement.

The tariff will be developed to include other qualifications and entry routes, such as music grade qualifications and BTEC Nationals. Further qualifications are likely to be included in the tariff in due course. These could include the International Baccalaureate and the Irish Leaving Certificate.

It is not obligatory for higher education institutions to use the new tariff, although UCAS is encouraging them to do so and a significant number of institutions are expected to use it.

Full details of qualifications and entry routes to higher education are contained in UK Qualifications: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and International Qualifications, both published by UCAS.

Each publication costs £20 and can be ordered from UCAS on 01242 544610. For further information, contact UCAS's Curriculum and Development Department (tel. 01242 544862; fax. 01242 544954).

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