See our country-specific equivalencies.
If you are studying for an Indian qualification, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for India.
UK Requirement (A Level) to Standard XII equivalent:
|A-levels||ICSE/CBSE/ISC boards||West Bengal board||Other boards|
UK subject requirement (A-level)
West Bengal board
|Standard XII equivalent|
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.
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard XII , English 70% from CBSE or ISC exam boards
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard XII, English 80% from the majority of Indian state boards (excluding Haryana, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana/U.P/Bihar/Gujrat/Punjab).
- Standard XII, Mathematics Pass
- All India Secondary School Examination, C2
- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination, 6.
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 achieve at least an overall average of 60% or 65% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.
To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve at least an overall average of 55% or 60% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.
For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve at least an overall average of 65% or 70% in your undergraduate study depending on the institution you have completed your degree.
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.
English language requirements and courses
Typically, we do not require IELTS for Indians to study an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at the University of Surrey.
We are able to accept 70% in 12th board exam English from CBSE/ISC boards and 80% in 12th board exam English from the majority of Indian state boards.*
(*This does not apply to every Indian state board and the University reserves the right to ask for IELTS or any other SELT wherever required.)
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.