See our country-specific equivalencies.
If you are studying for New Zealand qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for New Zealand.
|UK requirement (A-level)||Grade equivalence|
NCEA Level 3 with Excellence endorsement
NCEA Level 3 with Merit endorsement including 30 level 3 credits at Excellence
NCEA Level 3 with Merit endorsement including 27 level 3 credits at Excellence
NCEA Level 3 with Merit endorsement including 24 Level 3 credits at Excellence
For courses that have specific subject requirements at A-level:
UK subject requirement (A-level)
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3 equivalent
20 Level 3 credits in the required subject, with Excellence (E) in 15 credits.
20 Level 3 credits in the required subject, with Excellence (E) in 12 credits.
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: National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), English, Achieved.
Mathematics: National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Mathematics, Achieved.
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 a B+ overall.
For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a B- overall.
For courses that require a UK first-class degree to be eligible for a scholarship, you must achieve 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. 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.