Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


If you are studying for Canadian qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for Canada. Please contact the admissions team if you are studying in Quebec, or an institution delivering the Quebec curriculum.

UK requirement (A-level)OntarioBritish ColumbiaOther provinces and territories (excluding Quebec)
 Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma equivalent
A*AA80% in six coursesTwo As and three Bs80% in five courses
AAA80% in six courses80% / One A and four Bs80% in five courses
AAB75% in six courses75% / Five Bs75% in five courses
ABB70% in six courses70% / Four Bs and one C70% in five courses
BBB65% in six courses65% / Three Bs and two Cs65% in five courses
BBC60% in six courses60% / One B and four Cs60% in five courses
BCC55% in six courses55% / Five Cs55% in five courses
CCC50% in six courses 50% / Four Cs and one D50% in five courses 

When a specific subject is required, that subject should be taken in grade 12 of the High School Diploma.

Single Subject GradeOntarioBritish ColumbiaOther provinces (excluding Quebec)

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: Applicants who have completed Grade 12 Canadian High School/Secondary School qualifications should achieve grade B or 75% in a grade 12 English module. Applicants who were not required to take grade 12 English, or did not reach the required grade, will be required to take a recognised English language test.

Mathematics: Grade 11 Secondary School Diploma, Mathematics Pass.

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 an International Foundation Year programme at the University of Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey.


To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have a bachelors degree with either:

  • Grades of 70%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 where pass mark is 50%
  • Grades of 75%, B overall, or a GPA of 3.0/4 if the pass mark is 60%.

For degrees that require a UK 2:2, you must have either:

  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 60%, with 70%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall
  • Bachelor’s degree, where pass mark is 50%, with 65%, GPA 2.5/4, GPA 5.1/9 or C overall.

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.

Postgraduate applicants who completed their Bachelor's in Canada (with the exception of Quebec) do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language.

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.