It has confirmed that level 3 to level 5** of the HKDSE remain comparable to grades E to A* in the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A level) examination according to UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service of the United Kingdom (UK).
Starting from 2017 the UCAS will adopt a different number system for their new Tariff. Level 5** in Category A Senior Secondary subjects is awarded the highest possible 56 points, which is the same as the new Tariff for grade A* in GCE A level, while level 3 in the HKDSE is awarded 16 points, which is comparable to grade E in GCE A level.
Level 5** in the Compulsory and the Extended Parts of Mathematics are awarded 28 points each, so candidates taking both parts of Mathematics can achieve tariff points that are on par with other HKDSE Category A subjects. Check out the details
of the new UCAS Tariff for the HKDSE.
According to our HKDSE recognition database, most universities and colleges in the UK recognise HKDSE results as their general admission requirements while only one third of them set UCAS Tariff requirements as reference for admission. Visit our international recognition database