See our country-specific equivalencies.
We accept the Chinese National University Entrance Examination (Gaokao) for direct entry to Year 1 UG programmes. Please see the table below for our grade equivalencies:
|UK requirement (A-level)||Higher Secondary Certificate equivalent|
Where there is a subject-specific requirement, students should achieve the same % in that subject (e.g. if Maths is a requirement of an AAB subject, the student should achieve 82% in Maths). IELTS required.
However, 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.
Please note that prospective undergraduate Chinese students can also visit the University of Surrey International Study Centre Chinese site for more information on pathway programmes.
To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, the grade requirement depends on the institution you have studied at in China. Our usual requirement is 75% or 80% overall.
For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 70% or 75% overall, depending on the institution at which you have studied.
Postgraduate pathway programmes
International students who do not meet the requirements for a postgraduate course have the opportunity to 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 student’s academic and English language skills in preparation for postgraduate study.
Upon successful completion, students can progress to a Masters degree at the University of Surrey.
Please note that prospective postgraduate Chinese students can also visit the University of Surrey International Study Centre Chinese site for more information on pathway programmes.
For further information on these entry requirements, please explore our dedicated China site (中文网站).
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.