Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


If you are studying for an Irish qualification, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for Ireland.

UK requirement (A-level)Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) equivalent
AAAH2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
AABH2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
ABBH2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3
BBBH2, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
BBCH3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
BCCH3, H3, H3, H4, H4, H4
CCCH3, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4
CCDH4, H4, H4, H4, H5, H5 H4, H4, H4, H4, O1, O1

Subject requirements

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

UK subject requirement (A-level)Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) equivalent
Grade AH2
Grade BH3

We will look at the QQI Level 5 Certificate on a case by case basis depending on module relevance to chosen degree programme. Please contact Admissions for more information.

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 and mathematics:

GCSE C Grade equivalentIrish Leaving Certificate - O4
GCSE B Grade equivalentIrish Leaving Certificate - O3
GCSE A Grade equivalentIrish Leaving Certificate - O3

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 Ireland, we typically look for a minimum of either H4, H4, H4, H4, H5, H5 OR H4, H4, H4, H4, O1, O1 in the Leaving Certificate.


You can apply for our postgraduate masters courses if you have an Irish bachelors degree.

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must achieve a 2:1 honours degree.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a 2:2 honours degree.

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.