Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


If you are studying for Austrian qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for Austria.

UK requirement (A-level)Matura (Reifeprüfung) equivalent
A*AA1 in two subjects and 2 in all other subjects
AAA1 in one subject and 2 in all other subjects
AAB1 in one subject and 2 in all other subjects
ABB1 in one subject and 2 in all other subjects
BBB2 overall
BBC2.2 overall
BCC2.4 overall
CCC2.6 overall
CCD2.8 overall

Subject requirements

For courses that have specific subject requirements at A-level:

UK subject requirement (A-level)Matura (Reifeprüfung) equivalent
Grade A1
Grade B2

Minimum standard in English and mathematics

If you are applying for an undergraduate course at Surrey, you must meet our minimum standards for English and mathematics.

English: Matura (Reifeprüfung), English 2 (gut).


Grade C GCSE equivalent   Matura (Reifeprüfung), Mathematics 4 (genugend)
Grade B GCSE equivalentMatura (Reifeprüfung), Mathematics 3 (befriedigend)
Grade A GCSE equivalentMatura (Reifeprüfung), Mathematics 2 (gut)

Some courses may require higher grades in English and mathematics and/or additional subjects, so please check the requirements provided on individual course pages.


Undergraduate pathway programmes

If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for a course, you can apply to study on one of our UK/ EU foundation courses. If you are applying from Austria, we typically look for a minimum of 2.8 overall.


To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 2.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 3.0 overall where 1 is the highest.

Postgraduate pathway programmes

If you do not meet the requirements for a postgraduate course, you can apply for a Pre-Masters Preparation Programme. These pathway programmes are offered by the University of Surrey International Study Centre and are designed in order to develop a student’s academic and English language skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a masters degree at the University of Surrey.

English language requirements and courses

All our students require a good standard of English language to be eligible to study with us. If you don’t meet our requirements, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.