Presentation on theme: "The new UCAS Tariff – for entry into higher education from September 2017 onwards PowerPoint Toolkit for HEPs September 2014."— Presentation transcript:
1The new UCAS Tariff – for entry into higher education from September 2017 onwards PowerPoint Toolkit for HEPsSeptember 2014
2The purpose of this pack This slide deck provides information about the new UCAS Tariff, which is for the 2017 admissions cycle.It is aimed at admissions teams in higher education providers (HEPs) to use with colleagues in planning, marketing, and communications functions and/or with faculty and academic personnel to explain why, how and when the Tariff is changing and what actions need to be taken to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new Tariff.The pack covers:a high level summarywhy the Tariff is changinghow the new Tariff point system workspreparing for transitionthe high level timeline and switchover dateresources and support from UCASThese slides can be adapted, supplemented or revised as appropriate to suit the audience. Some notes are provided in the notes view of the slide pack to provide some additional information. The notes should be deleted before the pack is circulated. We will update this pack periodically based on feedback from HEPs. Feedback should be send to
311/04/2017ContentsPage1.Summary42.Why the Tariff is changing63.How the new Tariff works84.Preparing for transition195.Implementation and switchover date236.Resources297.Key factors to consider33Appendix A: Tariff point grade combinations35This slide can be amended if you choose to delete certain sections/slides
511/04/20171. High level summaryUCAS is introducing a new Tariff for the 2017 admissions cycle i.e. for courses starting from September 2017 for the academic year.The new Tariff addresses many of the shortcomings of the current model and enables international qualifications to be included.The new Tariff is based on a significantly different number system to the current Tariff.The new Tariff will be used for reporting qualifications held on entry to HE to HESA for the Student Records onwards. This will apply to students starting courses from September 2017 and the HESA data collection which closes in the October of 2018.Where applicable, entry requirements, offer libraries and associated material for entry in will need to be updated.Associated systems, processes and guidance material will also need to be reviewed and revised.This slide highlights the key points to note in relation to the new Tariff.Bullet 3 – you may also want to flag that one key qualification that has been repositioned under the new Tariff is the AS qualification - this is covered later in the pack.
62. Why the Tariff is changing 11/04/20172. Why the Tariff is changing
72. Why the Tariff is changing 11/04/20172. Why the Tariff is changingUCAS completed a UK-wide Qualifications Information Review in 2012, consulting with HEPs, teachers and advisers, applicants and other education specialists.A number of concerns were raised with the current Tariff:many qualifications cannot be accommodated on the current Tariff as the Tariff domains are not suited to vocational qualificationsthe process is awarding organisation led as they pay for qualifications to be addedthe process is expensive to administerit is complex and unclear exactly how points are allocated qualifications in terms of size and difficulty. There are also concerns with the points allocated to some large qualificationsit cannot easily accommodate international qualificationsit is not aligned with the UK qualification regulatory process.Outcome: The review found that HEPs wanted more information regarding qualifications and that there were issues with the current Tariff that needed to be resolved. As a result the UCAS Board agreed to develop a new simple Tariff and support the development of qualification information profiles (QIPs) to provide clear and consistent information on different qualifications to support admissions staff.
83. How the new Tariff works 11/04/20173. How the new Tariff works
93.1 How the new Tariff works – design principles 11/04/20173.1 How the new Tariff works – design principlesThe new Tariff has been developed and tested in partnership with HEPs, teachers and teaching representative bodies such as ASCL, SPA, AoC and HELOA. The new Tariff is based on the following design principles:TransparencyClear process for allocating Tariff pointsMeets the needs of the HE sectorSupports HEPs that use the Tariff for management information purposes and admissions purposesCost effectiveLower cost than the current process and no charge to awarding organisationsComprehensiveHas the scope to accommodate all UK regulated Level 3 /SCQF Level 6 qualificationsSustainableRobust enough to cope with qualifications reforms across the UK and last for a minimum of ten yearsFlexibleSufficiently flexible to cope with the widest range of qualifications and accommodate future changes to themSupport fairnessFair to the greatest number of applicants across the UK and supports the widening participation agenda
103.2 How the new Tariff works – new Tariff method 11/04/20173.2 How the new Tariff works – new Tariff methodsize points x grade points = Tariff pointsThe new total Tariff points will appear in the same type of Tariff Tables as the current Tariff. This means that students, teachers and advisers will focus on the new Total Tariff numbers as detailed in the new UCAS Tariff Tables shown on slide 11, they will not need to understand or see the detailed calculations.Size bands - qualifications will be allocated a size band of 1 to 4 with a points range of 1-4, based on their guided learning hours/notional learning hoursGrade bands – qualifications will also be allocated a grade band. The new Tariff has 12 grade bands with a points range of These grade bands spread across the breadth of Level 3/SCQF Level 6New Tariff points are determined by multiplying size and grade points
113.3 How the new Tariff works – size bands 11/04/20173.3 How the new Tariff works – size bandsFour size bands ensures that existing size relationships between qualifications are maintained whilst not over-emphasising the importance of size.The AS remains half the size of an A level and is size band 2.Scottish Highers are allocated to a size band in between AS and A level.Scottish Advanced Higher, A levels, IBHL, Pre-U Principal Subjects are in the same size band, size band 4.Welsh Baccalaureate is being revised for programmes of study starting in The new qualification is expected to be of equivalent size to an A level and would therefore be allocated to size band 4.
123.4 How the new Tariff works - size band examples 11/04/20173.4 How the new Tariff works - size band examplesSize bandGLH/NLHSize band valueQualifications included1< 120IB Extended EssayFree Standing Mathematics QualificationsIB Theory of Knowledge50601002Extended Project QualificationASBTEC (QCF) L3 CertificateIB Standard Certificate1201802003Scottish Higher2404320+Scottish Advanced HigherA levelIB Higher CertificateBTEC (QCF) L3 Subsidiary DiplomaPre U Principal Subject320360380
133.5 How the new Tariff works – grade band examples 11/04/20173.5 How the new Tariff works – grade band examplesA finite grade scale has been established for Level 3/SCQF Level 6 qualifications providing 12 grade bands that all qualifications can be mapped to.Grade PointsA levelAS(New Tariff)Scottish HighersScottish AdvHighers14A*A1312B1110C98D7654E3The new Tariff uses a 3-14 point scale – 12 grade bandsScale starts at 3 points as 1 point does not provide a sufficient multiplier effect for lower gradesThe scale ensures that key UK benchmark qualifications such as Scottish Highers can be precisely positioned in agreement with UK qualification regulatorsThe scale is finite – for example, qualification grades operating significantly above A* at A level are considered Level 4
143.6 How the new Tariff works – in comparison with the current Tariff 11/04/20173.6 How the new Tariff works – in comparison with the current TariffThe new Tariff numbers are very different.For example, the illustration below taken from the new Tariff tables shows that the new total Tariff points for an A level A* grade = 56 points; under the current Tariff the A level A* grade is allocated 140 points.The new UCAS Tariff tables show the total Tariff points for all qualifications on the Tariff list.This slide shows the total Tariff points for A level grades. This is how each qualification’s points are set out in the new Tariff tables document. The total Tariff points are based on the size points multiplied by grade points calculation shown on earlier slides. The appropriate size and grade points appear under each table in the new Tariff Tables document for information.
153.7 How the new Tariff works – repositioning of AS 11/04/20173.7 How the new Tariff works – repositioning of ASUnder the new Tariff, the AS qualification has been adjusted to circa 40% of an A level at each grade to reflect the Ofqual statement – ‘the material studied in AS is less demanding than an A level’.The Welsh Government has confirmed the new Welsh AS qualification which will remain coupled with the A level, will be positioned at 40% of the A level. DENI in Northern Ireland has made the same proposal in a recent ministerial submission.You may want to highlight to colleagues the new Tariff development work involves regular meetings with UK qualifcation regulators and education government departments across the UK. All parties have confirmed support for this change on the basis that the AS is not as demanding as an A level.Many HEPs fed back during the QIR that the AS point allocation is over generous under the current Tariff.Ofqual consultation exercises referenced in the Technical Briefing document, showed that the majority of stakeholders that fed back on the AS commented that 40% of an A level was appropriate.
163.8 How the new Tariff works - example student profiles 11/04/20173.8 How the new Tariff works - example student profilesUCAS completed significant modelling of the new Tariff points on different types of learners using UCAS candidate data to ensure no learner was disadvantaged.The next slide provides examples of how different learner qualification profiles are affected by the new Tariff. It is based on a comparison against A grade at A level. For example Ben is compared to Dipak to show that Scottish Highers differed to an A level programme under the current Tariff by +11.1% and under the new Tariff that increases to +14.6%.In summary, it shows: the impact of repositioning the AS qualification to 40% of an A level; the positive impact of repositioning Scottish Highers in between the A level and AS qualifications as requested by the Scottish qualification regulator and some impact to the IB Diploma depending on different grade combinations. There is no impact on BTEC learners or A level learners as the Tariff points for these qualifications have not changed.The next two slides are quite technical but could be useful to reassure colleagues that the impact of the new UCAS Tariff was modelled on different types of learners across the UK using UCAS candidate data.
173.9 How the new Tariff works - example student profiles 11/04/20173.9 How the new Tariff works - example student profilesThis slide demonstrates the difference between the new and current Tariff using A level A grade as a benchmark.Standard size programmes(approx 1080 hours)Large programmes( hours)HIGH RANGEDIPAKA levelAAABENSQAHighersAAAAA SUSANAS AA +A level BADAVIDBTECNationals DDDARMINPre-UPS D3D3+GPR D3SOPHIEA level+A*AAA +A at AS +A at EPQMARIEIBHL766+ SL666 +C2 (39 IB pts)Current100%+11.10.0+7.2-2.1New+14.6-5.6+8.3-1.6MID-RANGEJAMESBCCJACKBBCCCLEOAS BA+A level CDMILLYNationals DMMTRACYPS M3M3+GPR M3ROBINBBCC+C at AS +C at EPQPAULOHL655+ SL555 +C1(34 IB pts) +7.7+11.5-0.8-0.2+12.5-11.5+3.8-2.3LOWER RANGEALEXDEEJOHNCCCJOELAS CD+A level EEMAXNationalsPPPJULIAPS P3P3 + GPR P3NA+7.1-14.3-4.3-3.6In this example the A level A grade is taken as the consistent benchmark to compare different learner profiles. So Dipak, James and Alex are shown as 100% at each attainment range. The slide shows that Ben who has completed five Scottish Highers had 11.1% more Tariff points than Dipak under the current Tariff which will increase to 14.6% under the new Tariff because the Scottish Highers have been repositioned at grade points between A level and AS. This repositioning was agreed with UK qualification regulators. In contrast, Susan now has 5.6% fewer Tariff points under the new Tariff because the AS has been repositioned. Whilst the Pre U examples on this slide show positive change, the Short Course has not been included. The Pre U Short Course is aligned to the AS (as per the awarding organisation qualification specification), therefore the Short Course has also been repositioned. There are slightly different impacts at different grade points for different qualifications, but overall, the UCAS candidate data and the HESA data analysis showed the impact to be minor. See slide 16 for more information. The Technical Briefing document provides more detail on pages
183.10 How the new Tariff works – key points to note 11/04/2017How the new Tariff works – key points to noteThe new Tariff is based on a different scale and the approach for calculating points is based purely on the new size by grade band calculation.We have produced a new UCAS Tariff tables document which lists qualifications covered by the Tariff together with their new Tariff point values. The separate Qualifications List explains decisions on size and grade bands and shows all calculations. As a general principle we have sought to maintain established relationships between benchmark qualifications. Both documents are available on the UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/members-providers/qualifications/new-ucas- tariff.The Tariff Tables and Qualifications List will be updated annually, each time the new Tariff is updated with new qualifications. Similarly, if a qualification’s Tariff points change, because for example its size changes, this will be made clear in the annual update. Only qualification changes that go through the qualification regulatory process would result in a change to Tariff points and they would require sufficient lead in time for schools and colleges. UCAS will provide as much notice as possible of change in the annual updates.Appendix A shows the current and new Tariff points for grade combinations for a range of qualifications for illustrative purposes. UCAS also plans to develop a new UCAS Tariff calculator for HEPs, see slide 21.The Qualifications List is a technical document, available in Excel spreadsheet form so that HEP Planning Teams can use the data to run it on HEP management information systems.The new Tariff process has been developed in discussion with the NQIS Project Advisory Group, the Tariff Advisory Group, awarding organisations, government departments and UK qualification regulators. It will be discussed at ARC APG in November and at the UCAS ARM conference with the aim of publishing the new process in December 2014.
194. Preparing for transition 11/04/20174. Preparing for transition
204.1 Preparing for transition – statutory reporting to HESA 11/04/20174.1 Preparing for transition – statutory reporting to HESAThe new Tariff will be used for reporting qualifications held on entry to HE to HESA for the Student Record onwards. This will apply to students starting courses from September 2017 and the HESA data collection which closes in the autumn of 2018.HESA will support HEPs during the introduction of the new Tariff by publishing Tariff point data using both current and new Tariff points for the 2016/2017, 2017/18 and 2018/19 Student Record collections. HESA will communicate directly with its own HEP contacts about the changes nearer the time.University League Tables: it is not possible model the impact of the new Tariff on university league tables as “qualifications held on entry” are only one component, and typically contribute approximately 10-15% to the most popular league tables. However, HESA modelling suggests that, if league tables were based on solely on average Tariff points held on entry, the majority of HEPs would see their relative ranking altered by no more than two places as a result of the introduction of the new Tariff. Further information is provided in the technical briefing document at:Appendix B (page 24) in the Technical Briefing document published to support the new Tariff Feedback Exercise shows the outcomes of UCAS testing and modelling of the new Tariff.Whilst it is not feasible to model the impact of the new Tariff on national league table rankings table 5 and table 6 on pages 28 and 29 show the impact of the new points. Table 6 shows that once Scottish institutions are removed from the modelling, only one institution moves more than five places.Movement is the result of the repositioning of the AS and Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers. Note that by the time the new Tariff is introduced, some of the major qualification reforms will have started to come through, ie some new A levels will be first awarded in summer 2017.
214.2 Preparing for transition – supporting the admissions process 11/04/20174.2 Preparing for transition – supporting the admissions processHEPs who use the Tariff to support their admissions activities will need to review and update entry requirements, offer libraries and associated material for entry from SeptemberThe Tariff Tables document which lists qualifications covered by the Tariff together with their new Tariff point values can be used to review entry requirements. The Separate Qualifications List explains why decisions have been taken about size and grade bandings. It is a spreadsheet and therefore it can be used from a technical perspective to model any revisions to entry requirements. Both documents are available on the UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/members-providers/qualifications/new-ucas- tariff.UCAS will provide a simple UCAS Tariff calculator to help HEPs calculate the total points for different combinations of qualifications in the Tariff, at different grades. UCAS will pilot the calculator with HEPs.HEPs that have their own publicly available Tariff calculators can use the Qualifications List to update their calculators and select or delete qualifications they do or do not use in their entry requirements and offer making strategies.UCAS is working with organisations such as AoC, HESA, HESPA, HELOA and SPA to ensure that all opportunities and events to provide support for HEPs are maximised.
224.3 Preparing for transition – supporting schools and colleges 11/04/20174.3 Preparing for transition – supporting schools and collegesSchools and colleges will update their information and advice for students choosing their Level 3/SCQF Level 6 qualifications, who may go on to apply for HE courses starting from September 2017.UCAS has provided downloadable factsheets for teachers and advisers to use with students, parents/carers and staff to explain the new Tariff. A PowerPoint pack is also available for teachers to use in their institutions.A video for students about the new Tariff will be released on ucas.com in January 2015.UCAS will also provide training on the new Tariff for teachers and advisers through its Professional Development Team. Updates and workshop sessions will also be provided throughout the year at UCAS Teachers and Advisers conferences.
235. Implementation and switchover date 11/04/20175. Implementation and switchover date
245.1 Implementation and switchover date The feedback exercise on the new Tariff showed that there was strong support amongst teachers and HEPs to introduce the new Tariff for the 2017 admissions cycle. This is because it will be the first year that students who are studying new A levels and other reformed qualifications will be applying to HE.The next slide shows the qualification reforms timeline in detail.Implementation for the 2017 admissions cycle ensures all students have at least one year’s notice of Tariff points changing in advance of any two year qualification study programme commencing in September 2015.
265.2 Implementation and switchover date – key milestones The key milestones in the implementation timetable are:the new Tariff points are published in September 2014 and communicated to all UK secondary schools, colleges and HEPsthe new Tariff will be implemented from September 2017implementation from the September 2017 admissions cycle involves a new Tariff switchover date of September 2016 for Apply – HEP communication materials such as prospectuses will need to be updated before this if references are made to the TariffUCAS has produced a detailed implementation plan which is available on ucas.com. A screen shot of the plan is provided overleaf.There is also a one page high level plan showing key milestones for the next four years. This is at slide 28.
275.3 Implementation and switchover date – implementation plan Sep 14 – Aug 15Sep 15 – Aug 16Sep 16 – Aug 17Sep 17 onwardsPlanning for Tariff switchover commences i.e. HEPs start internal discussions and consider the impact of the new Tariff on their university and college entry requirements - if Tariff using (Sep 14 onwards)HEP staff (Admissions, Planning, Outreach) are trained /informed about the new Tariff (Sep 14 onwards)Course information updated in Course Collect with new Tariff for courses starting from September (Oct 15)Admission policies updated for 2017 Entry if Tariff using (Dec 15)‘Offer’ codes updated for 2017 Entry using new Tariff if appropriate (please note that UCAS does not anticipate any offer code changes to UCAS systems) (Feb 16)HEPs start to receive applications with new Tariff (from Sep 16)HEPs make offers using new Tariff where applicable (Sep 16)Evaluation and review of internal systems and processes following first admissions with new Tariff (Sep 17 onwards)Provide feedback on improvements to enable UCAS to provide further support if needed (Sep 17 onwards)Submit HESA student returns (Oct/Nov 18)The detailed implementation plan available on UCAS.com in the provider section, breaks down all the key activities associated with implementing the new Tariff, indicating activities led by schools, HEPs and UCAS.It also shows activities running from September 2014 up to 2018/19 including HESA data returns and engagement with league table producersNew Tariff goes ‘live’ from entry Sept 2017Text hereJune 14UCAS Board: Approves new Tariff and switchover dateJan 14Schools/CollegesCurriculum planning for Entry 2017 is completeMay 14UCASFeedback survey concludes16 May 2014Entry Cycle ( Sept 13 – Aug 14)
28Implementation and switchover date – high level one page plan June – Aug 2014Sep 14 – Aug 15Sep 15 – Aug 16Sep 16 – Aug 17Sep 17 – Aug 18Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sep–Nov2014Dec–Feb2014/15Mar–May2015Jun–Aug2015/1620162016/1720172017/182018Admission CyclesKey Decision MilestonesOperational MilestonesEngagementIT Changes2014 entry cycle2015 entry cycle2016 entry cycle2017 entry cycleUCAS Boardapprovednew Tariff & planJun 14UCAS Boardpreparedness reviewApril 2016UCAS begins to process 2017 applicationsHEPs make decisions /offers using new Tariff from Sep 2016End of Cycle Reportpublished with new Tariff Jan 2018Course Collect (entry 2017) opensOct 2015UCAS search tool opens (entry 2017)New Tariff Calculator rolled out to HEPsDec 2014C&C reporting(new Tariff)Jul/Aug 2017HEPs publish prospectuses for 2017Jan-Feb 2016Feedback Survey published Jul 14New Tariff publishedSep 2014Apply Opens (entry 2017)HESA publish Performance Indicators (new Tariff) Dec 2018-Mar 2019Initial support and communications on the new Tariff from August 2014Regional Training for schools and colleges commences Oct 2014UCAS HE conventionsfor applicantsMar 2016Schools and colleges advise level 3/SCQF level 6 students from Sep 2014Tariff switchoverRegional training for HEPs commences Jan 2015Continual communications and engagementUCAS IT developmentJul 2015– Mar 2016IT test environment opensIT suppliers commence development and testing Nov 2015Link products rolled outOct 2016IT sign-off for implementation Mar 2016
296. Resources available to you 11/04/20176. Resources available to you
306.1 ResourcesThe new UCAS Tariff Tables are available on ucas.com. The contents have been organised to list UK benchmark qualifications first, then other qualifications in alphabetical order, followed by international qualifications and legacy qualifications. There are other information tools available on ucas.com such as factsheets for teachers to use with parents/carers, applicants and staff, plus the detailed implementation plan. A video for applicants will be available in January 2014.
316.2 Resources – the Tariff Tables The Tariff Tables show the new Tariff points, plus the awarding organisations that offer the qualification.The size and grade bands are also shown. These bands determine the total points.The full calculation for each qualification is shown in the Qualifications List which is a technical document primarily aimed at HEPs.
326.3 Resources – helpful links Resources currently available to support the transition, referred to in this deck, are available on the UCAS website:Qualifications Information Review (QIR) Findings and RecommendationsUCAS Tariff technical briefing documentNew Tariff feedback exercise – outcomeshttps://www.ucas.com/members-providers/qualifications/new-ucas-tariffTariff tablesQualifications ListFAQsFactsheetsToolkit and implementation plan
337. Key factors to consider 11/04/20177. Key factors to consider
347. Key factors to consider – possible questions for your organisation 1. How will you support other teams in your organisation, such as academic, planning, registry, student records, marketing and communications and faculty teams as well as your Senior Leadership Team, understand the changes?2. If you use the Tariff in your entry requirements and offer making strategies, how will the new Tariff affect your admissions policy? Is your marketing and communications team prepared to update course marketing material in line with your new entry requirements?3. What questions do you think your outreach teams will get from teachers, advisers and applicants?4. Is your Planning Team prepared to manage the change to the new Tariff? For example have they thought through implications for the 2017/18 HESA data returns?5. How are you going to lead the change within your organisation and monitor progress? What are the immediate next steps?6. What additional support do you need from UCAS?
3511/04/2017Appendix A New and current Tariff grade combinations for a range of qualifications suites for illustrative purposes.The Welsh Baccalaureate is not included because it is being revised for first teaching from September 2015, as explained on slide 8.
36New Tariff points – examples of grade combinations 11/04/2017New Tariff points – examples of grade combinationsPage 36 to 42 provide examples of total new Tariff points for certain grade combinations for a small range of qualifications. The new Tariff calculator will be developed to show totals for any qualification and grade combinations that are on the new Tariff Qualifications List.A level gradeOld TariffNew TariffA*A*A*420168A*A*A400160A*AA380152AAA360144AAB340136ABB320128BBB300120BBC280112BCC260104CCC24096CCD22088CDD20080DDD18072
37New Tariff points – examples of within grade combinations 11/04/2017New Tariff points – examples of within grade combinationsBTEC Extended DiplomaGradeOld TariffNew TariffD*D*D*420168D*D*D400160D*DD380152DDD360144DDM320128DMM280112MMM24096MMP20080
43FeedbackTo provide us with feedback on this pack, if you require additional content or want to get in touch to discuss any queries you may have on the new Tariff, us onAlternatively contact the UCAS Policy Team directly:Margaret Farragher Head of Policy and Qualifications