LAMDA Qualifications and UCAS

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the organisation responsible for managing applications to Higher Education courses in the UK. Its aim is to help Learners make informed choices that are right for them – guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the higher education application process. Applications through UCAS are conducted using the UCAS Tariff. This is a means of allocating points to compare post-16 Qualifications used for entry to Higher Education.

UCAS have introduced a new Tariff which came into effect from September 2017. The new Tariff supports Learners applying to Higher Education, to start university or college. LAMDA’s Level 3 recognised Qualifications are included in the new UCAS Tariff. The table below shows the UCAS points assigned by grade and attainment level (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

On the new Tariff smaller Qualifications in a small size band will now have a lower Tariff point score. This means that whilst LAMDA’s Level 3 recognised Qualifications are included in the new Tariff, there are a smaller number of points allocated to these Qualifications. This change is not specific to LAMDA and does not reflect any changes to the content, rigour or quality of our Qualifications. This change also affects other speech and drama awarding organisations offering comparable Qualifications in the performing arts sector.

The following Examinations are available for UCAS Points, for Grade 6, 7 and 8 only:

  • Performance
    • Acting
    • Devising Drama
    • Mime​
  • Communication
    • Speaking Verse and Prose
    • Reading for Performance
    • Speaking in Public
  • Musical Theatre
  • Shakespeare Level 3
  • PCertLAM

Attainment Level

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8




12 points16 points30 points12 points24 points


10 points14 points27 points8 points16 points


8 points12 points24 points4 points8 points

Some things to consider:

1) Not all universities and colleges use the UCAS Tariff. Around half of all course entry requirements make reference to the Tariff.

2) Use of the Tariff varies – some universities and colleges will list their entry requirements and make offers using only Tariff points; some will ask for specific Qualifications and a set amount of Tariff points; and some will request Tariff points only from specific Qualifications.

3) Tariff points are allocated to the highest level of achievement. This means that you cannot gain points for a Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8 within the same subject/pathway.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are examination results with UCAS points communicated by LAMDA to UCAS?
UCAS collects results data form all awarding organisations annually once in the academic year based around the time that A Level results are issued. This is typically in the August of each academic year.

What happens if I have taken a LAMDA examination prior to the annual UCAS results data collection date?
LAMDA includes the results for all examinations in the annual UCAS results data collection from the start of the academic year. For example; a LAMDA examination taken in September the result will be collected by UCAS in next annual results data collection.

What if I need UCAS to know of my LAMDA examination UCAS points for examinations taken earlier than the annual data collection time?
This is not normally required by universities or UCAS as the university admissions processes timelines are based around the time that A Level results are issued. When this is required LAMDA will email the learners examination results to UCAS on request. To do so please email LAMDA with your request, you must provide LAMDA with the learner’s Unique Learner Number (ULN) at the time of making your request. Please note this service is not available between the months of May and August each year.

Can a Learner take more than one subject and gain points for each?
Yes, but only from different subjects. For example, a Learner can gain points from Speaking Verse and Prose (Communication) and Acting (Performance) but not from Acting (Performance) and Devising Drama (Performance) as they are both Performance subjects.