All about UCAS points

Did you know that you can earn UCAS points with your LAMDA Exams?

UCAS Key Dates for 2024

UCAS have not yet released their schedule for the upcoming academic year, and we will update this page with specific dates when they become available. In the meantime, there are some rough timescales below that would ensure that timescales are met to allow their LAMDA Exams to be included in 2024 Higher Education applications via UCAS:

  • Deadline for UCAS Learner Registration: 1st June 2024. Learners should be entered on their chosen exam by 1st June 2024 to be included in the initial Entries submission to UCAS.

  • Latest Exam Date to guarantee provision of results to Universities: 21st June 2024. LAMDA make a submission of all learner results to be made available to providers by UCAS in early August. In order to guarantee that your results are available to your chosen Universities via the automated verification process, we recommend that you have completed your exam by 21st June 2024 at the latest.

LAMDA and UCAS communicate throughout August to early October to ensure that any amendments processed as part of an Enquiry about Results or Appeal are still communicated to UCAS and in turn the Higher Education Institutions. These later dates should only be used in exceptional circumstances. To guarantee that results are readily available to the chose Institution, the above dates should be honoured. 

If you are concerned about receipt of results we request that you send us an email to: [email protected] The email should include the header ‘UCAS Results’, state the full name of the learner, their Exam Event Date, location and the Exam being taken. The LAMDA team will endeavour to provide the relevant assistance.

Claim UCAS points with LAMDA Exams to assist university entry

Our Level Three Solo/Duo qualifications (that’s Grades 6 and up) are included in the UCAS Tariff. This means that if you pass those exams, you can claim points to help you with university entry in the UK. 

If you’ve taken exams from different syllabi, UCAS points can even be “stacked” to gain more points. So, as an example, points earned from an Acting exam in our Performance syllabi can be added to the points for a Reading for Performance exam from our Communication syllabi. If you are taking multiple exams in the same syllabi, you’ll only be able to claim one set of points. So, we recommend you pick the one that gives you the most UCAS points when you make your claim. 

Performance is: Acting, Devising Drama and Miming 

Communication is: Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public

The below table shows how UCAS points are calculated. 

To search for these qualifications on the Tariff Calculator, please use the specific title as shown on your certificate and in the table below (e.g. Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 6) and note the particular pathway (e.g. Acting) in the Subject cell. If you cannot find the specific qualification in your search, please enter ‘LAMDA’ into the qualification search field and scroll down to find your exact match. 

Alternatively, you can download the 2024 tariff table on the UCAS website: 2024 UCAS tariff table.

How many UCAS points can be gained from LAMDA Exams?
Name of Exam Result: Pass Result: Merit Result: Distinction UCAS search

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 6)

8 10 12 Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 6 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 7 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 8 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 6)

8 10 12

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 6 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 7 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 8 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 6)

8 10 12

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 6

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 7

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 8

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare

4 8 12

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (PCertLAM)

4 8 12

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies

Name of Exam Result: Pass Result: Merit Result: Distinction UCAS search

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 6)

8 10 12 Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 6 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 7 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 8 (insert “Performance” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 6)

8 10 12

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 6 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 7 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Communication (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Graded qualifications in Speech and Drama - Grade 8 (insert “Communication” into Subject box)

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 6)

8 10 12

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 6

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 7)

12 14 16

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 7

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Musical Theatre (Grade 8)

24 27 30

Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance - Grade 8

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare

4 8 12

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies (PCertLAM)

4 8 12

LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies

Please note the following advice from the UCAS website:

'Just because your qualification receives Tariff points does not mean it will count towards the entry requirements for any course, even if the provider in question uses Tariff points in their entry requirements. You must check the course entry requirements carefully to see which qualifications are, and are not, accepted.'

Please check the entry requirements of the university and/or course you are applying for.