Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.

Undergraduate

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)

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3 equivalent

A*AA

Excellence (E) in 18 credits and Merit (M) in 2 credits for all subjects.

AAA

Excellence (E) in 15 credits and Merit (M) in 5 credits for all subjects.

AAB

Excellence (E) in 15 credits and Merit (M) in 5 credits for two subjects, Excellence (E) in 12 credits and Merit (M) in 8 credits for one subject.

ABB

Excellence (E) in 15 credits and Merit (M) in 5 credits for one subject, Excellence (E) in 12 credits and Merit (M) in 8 credits for two subjects.

BBB

Excellence (E) in 12 credits and Merit (M) in 8 credits for all subjects.

Subject requirements

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

UK subject requirement (A-level)

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Level 3 equivalent

Grade A

Excellence (E) in 15 credits and Merit (M) in 5 credits.

Grade B

Excellence (E) in 12 credits and Merit (M) in 8 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 Pass.

Mathematics: National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Mathematics Pass.

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.

Postgraduate

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.