UCAS Points Reform

Secondary education provision across the UK is undergoing significant reform and at New College Durham we are keen to ensure that our applicants are fully advised of our response to these changes.

In order to reflect the increasing variety of qualifications studied by applicants, we will base most offers on the UCAS tariff. Our tariff requirements have been designed to accommodate as many different qualification profiles as possible. For many courses, there will be additional subject and grade requirements (sometimes including GCSE subjects), which will be specified on our course pages, in our prospectus and in our offers. This flexible and transparent approach should enable you to see at-a-glance how your qualifications fit in with your intended studies. 

UCAS Tariff

Since September 2016, the College has been using the new UCAS tariff. For most courses, the entry requirements are the same, but expressed in the new tariff values (e.g. an existing 280 tariff point offer becomes 112 tariff points under the new system). We will still be requiring certain subjects and grades for particular courses. Full details of the new tariff can be found on the UCAS website. 

We continue to accept and welcome applicants holding Level 3 qualifications as entry qualifications for higher education programmes. (These include National Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Level 3 international awards, higher education Access awards, A-Levels and AS Levels, Level 3 apprenticeships, NVQ qualifications and the International Baccalaureate). Specific units and grades in these qualifications may be required for certain courses. For qualifications not listed above, please contact our Admissions team. 

When you get your results

If you get your results, and they do not quite match our offer, we will still consider offering you a place, and any additional study you may have taken will also be taken into account. However, during this period of qualification reform, we will take extra care to take into consideration any impact the new assessment regimes may have had on student achievement.

As a College, we anticipate that the trend in applicants offering a mixed portfolio of qualifications will continue and we will try to ensure that our admissions policy evolves in step with these changes, thereby continuing to offer higher education opportunities to all those who can benefit from it. 

Whilst the above information is designed to provide general guidance on New College Durham's response to qualification reform, we strongly recommend that you take full advantage of the advice offered by your school or college. This way you can be reassured that the qualifications you choose to follow now are consistent with your higher education aspirations in the future.