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


H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2


H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3


H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3


H2, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3


H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H4


H3, H3, H3, H4, H4, H4


H3, H4, H4, H4, H4, H4

Subject requirements

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

UK subject requirement (A-level)

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) equivalent

Grade A


Grade B


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.


  • Irish Leaving Certificate at Ordinary/Standard Level, English O4
  • Irish Junior Certificate, English B


  • Irish Leaving Certificate at Ordinary/Standard Level, Mathematics O4
  • Irish Junior Certificate, Mathematics B

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.


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.

For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve a first-class honours 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

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.