The new UCAS Tariff has been developed to include a wider range of qualifications and a number of EAL Level 3 technical engineering and building services qualifications have been awarded UCAS points. Other qualifications on the Tariff include A-Levels, Scottish Highers, Scottish Advanced Highers, the Welsh Baccalaureate and other knowledge qualifications.

Key features of EAL's qualifications with UCAS points:

Unique choice and flexibility

  • Can help support learners who wish to progress into Higher Education, an apprenticeship or other employment.
  • Provide a blended learning offer unique to EAL that suits many learners, combining theory with practical application.
  • Offer a much wider choice of assessment methods than other awarding organisations to suit employers and training organisations, including online examinations, controlled knowledge tests and practical assessments.
  • Can be delivered as standalone qualifications or alongside other qualifications, such as A-Levels.
  • Are suitable for all ages – from Key Stage 5 learners (aged 16-18) to full-time adult learners.

Approved and recognised by industry and educational bodies

  • Meet DfE requirements and will appear on school and college league tables.
  • Have been designed with and endorsed by employers and professional industry associations, increasing employability opportunities in the chosen field on completion of the qualification.
  • Are approved and recognised by some universities and colleges as meeting their entrance requirements.

Please note:

  • Just because a qualification is on the Tariff, it doesn't mean a university or college will accept it. Therefore it's really important to check the course entry requirements.
  • Equally, if a qualification is not on the Tariff, a university or college may still accept it. It's always best to check with the university or college offering the course.

The EAL qualifications with UCAS points are:







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EAL Level 3 Diploma In Plumbing and Heating 600/8595/2 Pass 536 540 32
EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing 601/4567/5
Distinction 363 430 48
Merit 363 430 32
Pass 363 430 16
 EAL Level 3 Diploma In Electrical Installation 600/9331/6 Pass 459 489 32
EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Electrical Installation 601/4563/8 Distinction 459 491 48
Merit 459 491 32
Pass 459 491 16


EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology

601/4564/X Distinction 375 580 48
Merit 375 580 32
Pass 375 580 16
EAL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering Technologies 601/5799/9 Distinction 375 480 48
Merit 375 480 32
Pass 375 480 16
EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies 601/5801/3 Distinction 525 680 72
Merit 525 680 48
Pass 525 680 24
EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies 601/5802/5 Distinction 750 980 96
Merit 750 980 64
Pass 750 980 32
EAL Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies 603/0564/2 Distinction* 1095 1480 168
Distinction 1095 1480 144
Merit 1095 1480 96
Pass 1095 1480 48
NEW! EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 603/1353/5 Distinction  750 1200 96
Merit  750 1200 64
Pass  750 1200 32
NEW! EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 603/1354/7 Distinction 1200  1790 144
Merit 1200 1790 96
Pass 1200 1790 48

For comparison purposes - UCAS UK benchmark qualifications1

Tariff points listed below apply to all A-Level and AS qualifications awarded since 2001.

Grade                                       Tariff points                  










       Size Band: 4  Grade Band: 4-14

1UK benchmark qualifications: the qualifications most frequently held by applicants from each of the UK countries.  They are called ‘benchmarks’ because they are often used as a reference point by higher education professionals when looking at less familiar qualifications. 

Source: UCAS Tariff Tables - New Tariff points for entry to higher education from 2017 – May 2017

Did you know?

  • The Engineering Technologies qualifications are included within apprenticeship frameworks too. This means they could be delivered to apprentices alongside learners who are seeking employment in the sector. (Once employed, the individual would just need to complete the additional components of the apprenticeship framework, such as the competency-based element, to gain their full apprenticeship qualification).
  • The qualifications landscape for university admissions is currently undergoing significant change. In recent years, an increasing number of learners have been entering higher education with new or less traditional qualifications. Further information can be found on the UCAS website UCAS - Progression-pathways.

Download our leaflet for further information EAL Qualifications Awarded UCAS.