Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


We accept the following qualifications:

  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
    Accepted with the same requirements as UK GCSEs.
  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE)
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE)
    Accepted with the same requirements as UK A-levels.

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 a 2:1 honours degree or a B overall.

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

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

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.

We will consider KCSE at grade C in place of IELTS. Please provide evidence of your KCSE grade during the application process. Some courses may require higher grades in English and/or additional subjects, so please check the requirements provided on individual course pages.

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.