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How to get UCAS points outside of school

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Some students could just be a few UCAS points short of getting into university. Luckily, there are some ways students can earn themselves extra UCAS points other than sitting school exams. We’ve created this small guide on how to get UCAS points outside of school, for students who might be a little short of them.

Why UCAS points are important

Essentially, UCAS points are important as some colleges and universities make offers to students based on the points they have achieved. Students may also need a specific number of points to gain entry to a certain course.

Students achieve UCAS points after passing a formal qualification which has been approved and credit rated by an official body such as SQA of Ofqual.

It is important to note that not all colleges and universities use the UCAS points system. Students should double check with the education provider. Students can also check how many points they need for a certain course through that particular university website or prospectus.

Current UCAS tariff point system:

Scottish Highers UCAS Points A – 33, B – 27, C – 21, D – 15

Scottish Advanced Highers UCAS Points A – 56, B – 48, C – 40, D – 32