Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


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

UK requirement (A-level)Baccalauréat equivalent


UK requirement (A-level)Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) / French International Baccalauréat (BFI) equivalent

Subject requirements

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

UK subject requirement (A-level)Baccalauréat equivalent
Grade A14
Grade B13


UK subject requirement (A-level)Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) / French International Baccalauréat (BFI) equivalent
Grade ASame as overall requirement
Grade BSame as overall requirement

Where Mathematics is a required A-level subject, we expect you to study Spécialité Maths (Advanced Maths) in Terminale; however, where Mathematics is required as a second Science subject, we will accept Maths Complémentaires (General Maths) in Terminale. For Engineering courses that ask for Physics as a required subject, we will accept Engineering Sciences.

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.


  • Baccalauréat, English, 12.
  • OIB, English, 10.


GCSE C Grade equivalentBaccalauréat, Mathematics 10
GCSE B Grade equivalentBaccalauréat, Mathematics 11
GCSE A Grade equivalentBaccalauréat, Mathematics 11

Alternatively, where Mathematics is not studied as part of the Baccalauréat, we will accept Mathematics studies until the end of Seconde, where evidence can be provided of 10/20 in school assessments. 

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 France, we typically look for a minimum of 10.5 in the Baccalauréat.


You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have a French Bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a GPA of 12.0 out of 20.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 11 out of 20.

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.