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Published: 27 November 2020

University of Surrey acts to reduce pressure on the Covid-disrupted generation of university applicants

By Robert Blevin

The University of Surrey has announced a reduction of one grade in the entry requirements for most undergraduate courses starting in September 2021, in recognition of the extraordinary recent disruption to the education of students.

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Students taking their exams this year will have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic across two academic years, meaning they are likely to be disadvantaged compared with those who have taken their exams in previous years.

Lizzie Burrows, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Surrey, said:

“We are taking this action now to relieve the pressure and anxiety facing this year’s applicants, as they experience ongoing disruption and uncertainty surrounding exams and assessment of their learning. By taking this step, we can provide one additional element of certainty and reassurance that these students will be protected from unfair disadvantage as a result of the impact of the pandemic.”

Entry grades will be reduced by one grade for the majority of  undergraduate programmes at Surrey, with exceptions for regulated courses such as Veterinary Medicine, foundation year courses, four-year integrated masters programmes and audition-based performance courses.

Current applicants will be notified of the amended requirements over the next few days.


For further information on University of Surrey courses for entry in 2021, please visit:


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