AS and A levels

Countdown to A and AS level Results Day

What A-level subjects should you pick?

Whilst subjects such as Geography, Economics and Business Studies have a bearing on Built Environment degrees, when it comes to specific subjects for A-level requirements, the majority of RICS accredited courses are reasonably flexible. Obviously entry grades do vary from one university to another – at Nottingham Trent and Sheffield Hallam it’s a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent; Northumbria requires 300 points; Oxford Brookes – grades ABB-BBB; Reading – AAB from 3 A Levels or ABBb from 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level; and Cambridge asks for A*AA. Don’t make life hard for yourself – simply choose subjects you enjoy, the only real caveat to be aware of is that General Studies tends not to count and investment or quantity surveying have a stronger lean towards maths.

If you are doing A levels, the results are calculated to the following UCAS points:

A*= 140
A  = 120
B   = 100
C   = 80
D  = 60
E   = 40
U  = No UCAS points

Your AS level grades are half the A level, but you can only add the subject you dropped not any subject you continued.

So this will be
A*   = Zero as there are no A*;s at this level
A     = 60
B      = 50
C      = 40
D      = 30
E      = 20
U     = No UCAS points

So if a requires you to get 280 UCAS points from 3 A levels you could get A, B, D or A, C, C. If they said you need 280 UCAS points from both A and AS levels you could get B, C, C and a separate AS at E etc. etc. However where grades are listed there is no deviation despite A, A, D being he same points tariff as B, B, B they might not get you on to the course.

If you are sitting other qualifications please look at the table below to calculate your points total.

A levels and AS – GCE & VCE

Grade Tariff points
GCE & AVCE Double Award A level with additional AS (9 units) GCE A level and AVCE GCE AS Double Award GCE AS & AS VCE
A*A* 280
A*A 260
AA 240
AB 220
BB A*A 200
BC AA 180
AB 170
CC 160
BB 150
CD BC A* 140
DD CC A AA 120
CD AB 110
DE B BB 100
DD BC 90
EE DE C CC 80
CD 70
EE D DD A 60
DE B 50
E EE C 40
D 30
E 20

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

IB Diploma points UCAS Tariff
45 720
44 698
43 676
42 654
41 632
40 611
39 589
38 567
37 545
36 523
35 501
34 479
33 457
32 435
31 413
30 392
29 370
28 348
27 326
26 304
25 282
24 260

BTEC Nationals (NQF)

Grade Tariff points
Diploma Certificate Award
DDD 360
DDM 320
DMM 280
MMM DD 240
MMP DM 200
MPP MM 160
PPP MP D 120
PP M 80
P 40

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade Tariff points
Higher Ordinary
A1 90
A2 77
B1 71
B2 64
B3 58
C1 52
C2 45
C3 A1 39
D1 33
D2 A2 26
D3 B1 20
B2 14
B3 7

Scottish Qualifications

Grade Tariff points
Advanced Higher Higher Scottish National Certificates* Scottish Interdisciplinary Project Ungraded Higher NPA PC Passport Core Skills**
A 130
Group C 125
B 110
Group B 100
C 90
A 80
Group A 75
D 72
B A 65
60
B 55
C 50
C Pass Pass 45
42
38
D 36
35
28
Higher 20
Int 2 10

Please click through here to check all other tariffs.

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