Applying to Surrey

We want to support students to achieve their full potential, and believe that it is important to consider applications based on individual merit. With this in mind, your application will be considered in a fair, transparent and consistent way.

Applying through UCAS

Your application for entry to full-time undergraduate degree programmes at the University of Surrey must be made online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Full instructions on how to fill out your application are available on the UCAS website, and you can also contact UCAS directly for further information.


T: +44 (0)871 468 0468

When to apply if you are from within the UK or the EU

UCAS can start to receive applications for entry in autumn 2015 from mid-September 2014. The normal closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January 2015 for students applying from UK or EU addresses.

We will still consider applications submitted via UCAS after 15 January and up to 30 June, providing places are still available.

When to apply if you are from outside the EU

If you are applying from a non-EU country (including EU nationals), UCAS will accept and process your application from 1 September 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Please note, however, that most applicants will apply well before 30 June 2015, and if you want to be sure that a place is available on your chosen programme, you should not wait until then to apply.

All applications received at UCAS after 30 June 2015 are considered through the clearing process.

It may be possible to fast-track late applications during the summer months. Contact us for more information:


Applying directly to the University as an occasional student

If you are from an overseas university and you wish to undertake part of your degree programme at the University of Surrey, or if you wish to follow specific modules or parts of a programme, you may apply as an ‘occasional’ student directly to the relevant faculty and not through UCAS.

Applying directly to the Guildford School of Acting

Applications for BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Professional Production Skills should be made via UCAS.

Applications for the BA (Hons) Theatre (1-year Conversion) programme should be made directly to GSA.

Further information about the audition and selection process can be found on the GSA website.

Mature students

We believe that mature students make an important contribution to university life through their range of experience and non-traditional qualifications. We are very aware that mature students are usually highly motivated and often very successful on the programmes that they undertake. The University therefore welcomes applications from mature candidates.

Mature applicants may satisfy the entry requirements through standard academic qualifications. However, the University is also willing to give careful consideration to those who can provide evidence of their commitment to academic study through a range of other awards and experience.

These include, but are not limited to, credits with the Open University, Special Certificate courses, NVQ awards or other courses specially designed to assist mature students to restart academic study. The University also has links with a number of Access programmes.

Applications from mature candidates are considered on an individual basis. To find out more, please contact the Admissions Department.

Credit accumulation and transfer or recognition of prior learning

Sometimes the skills, knowledge and abilities obtained through life, work and study can be equivalent to those obtained by students following traditional programmes of study. The University sees credit accumulation and transfer, coupled with the rigorous assessment of prior learning, as an important means of entry for many students. Please contact the Admissions Department if you have any questions.

Disabled and dyslexic students

The University welcomes applications from students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties. The University’s policy of equal opportunity means that all applicants will be considered primarily on merit and their academic potential.

However, occasionally, other criteria may need to be considered, such as the requirements of professional bodies. For example, applicants to Nursing Studies programmes must undergo an occupational health check. It is also essential in some cases for the University to know the nature of an impairment in advance, so that we may advise an applicant on what facilities and arrangements may be available.

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) or mental health difficulty, you are encouraged to disclose this on the application form. Following this disclosure, you will be invited to complete an online self-referral form. This will allow Additional Learning Support (ALS) to forward appropriate information. The self-referral form is not part of the selection criteria.

You may be offered an informal interview with ALS to discuss your support needs. These interviews are separate from academic interviews, though they usually include the disability adviser and admissions tutor, so that support within the department can also be explored. All disclosures of a disability will be handled sensitively by admissions staff. If you have concerns about disclosure, the disability advisers in ALS will be pleased to discuss your needs in confidence.

If you require personal support, such as care workers or adaptations to accommodation, you are asked to write to ALS before submitting a formal application, so that particular consideration may be given to the individual needs existing in your case. You should indicate the programme or programmes in which you are interested and the nature of your impairment; this information will be used in confidence and positively to assess the University’s ability to arrange effective support or make adaptations.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to make a realistic assessment of the University’s ability to meet their needs. Where necessary, a visit to the campus is normally arranged as part of the admissions procedure and in every case where mobility is a difficulty, because of the nature of the site. The University will be honest about those exceptional situations where the level of support necessary in individual cases cannot be met or competence standards cannot be achieved, even with reasonable adjustments, or where there are serious health and safety issues.

The University has a policy on the admission of students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties and it is available on our website:

Confirmation and clearing

During the confirmation and clearing period, we operate a freephone helpline. Details of any clearing vacancies will be published on our website during August.

T: 0800 052 2248

T: +44 (0)1483 689 926 

Further information about admissions

Our undergraduate admissions process

Our undergraduate admissions policy

Contact the Admissions Department

T: +44 (0)1483 682 222