What is In2Surrey?
In2Surrey is the University of Surrey’s access scheme, through which eligible applicants complete a reflective assignment towards receiving the following benefits:
- A reduction in entry requirements, equivalent to one A-level grade lower*
- A scholarship
- Access to an E-Mentor (a current undergraduate student)
- Travel bursary for applicant events
- Invitations to exclusive events that will support your transition to and through university.
* Please note that we may be unable to offer a reduction in entry requirements for BTEC students or those with unconditional offers. Students must still meet all the essential requirements of the course they have applied to. Please see the FAQs document for further details.
How does it work?
In2Surrey is a sustained engagement programme. To receive the full benefits you must complete all elements of the scheme and select the University of Surrey as your firm choice. Your reduced entry requirement will be calculated in line with A-Levels and grade equivalencies. Please note that whilst the benefits of the scheme will stay the same, the timeline may be subject to change.
From application to starting university, please see key dates below across the In2Surrey calendar:
Sept 2020 – Jan 2021:
- Applications open: Applications are open until midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021. In2Surrey applications are separate from your main UCAS application.
- Confirmation of place: You will be notified about whether you have been given a place on the scheme by the end of January 2021.
- In2Surrey assignment set | Friday 5 February 2021: To be eligible for the full benefits of the In2Surrey scheme, you must pass the In2Surrey reflective assignment
- In2Surrey Virtual Launch Event | Friday 5 - Sunday 7 February 2021: You will be invited to the In2Surrey Launch Event (optional). This event gives you more information about the University of Surrey and the In2Surrey scheme.
- In2Surrey assignment due | Sunday 7 March 2021: You will have 4 weeks to complete the In2Surrey assignment.
- Feedback on assignment: You will receive feedback on your assignment. If you do not pass the assignment the first time, you will have an opportunity to take on the feedback and resubmit.
- Assignment re-submission: Only applicable to those who have been instructed to re-submit.
- Feedback on re-submitted assignments: You will receive feedback on your re-submitted assignment. If you do not pass the assignment you will be withdrawn from the scheme.
- Firm choice: You must make the University of Surrey your firm choice by your UCAS deadline to continue with the scheme.
- Alternative offers given: Following successful completion of the assignment and notification of your firm choice, you will receive an alternative grade offer from the University of Surrey. Please note that for BTEC (QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma) students, we may be unable to make a reduction of one grade due to A level equivalencies. Students must still meet all the essential requirements of the course they have applied to, therefore, in some cases, subject entry requirements may not entitle you to a grade reduction.
July - August 2021:
- E-Mentoring: You will be assigned an E-Mentor. An E-Mentor is a current undergraduate student who will be able to answer questions you have about the University of Surrey or university more generally.
- In2Surrey Pre-Entry Day: You will be invited to the In2Surrey Pre-Entry Day (optional). This event will cover key information about starting at the University of Surrey and provide an introduction to the University support services, such as MySurreyive, Academic Skills and Students Union. You will also have the opportunity to meet other In2Surrey students who will be starting at their courses at the same time as you.
- In2Surrey scholarship confirmed: The In2Surrey scholarship is paid in two equal instalments during your first year at the University of Surrey. Please note that although you have to apply to Student Finance to be eligible for the bursary, you are not required to take out a loan. We do require you to apply to Student Finance so that your household income information is available to the University of Surrey.
The Widening Participation and Outreach team can keep in touch with you throughout your studies to give you information about events and other opportunities aimed to help you make the most out of your degree.
Reduced entry requirements are awarded following the completion of the In2Surrey assignment and selection of the University of Surrey as your firm choice. All reduced entry requirements are weighted in line with A-Levels. As a guide, please view the table of grade equivalencies to see how your offer may be reduced through the scheme:
45 @ Distinction
45 @ Distinction
39 @ Distinction + 6 @ Merit
30 @ Distinction + 15 @ Merit
27 @ Distinction + 18 @ Merit
Please note that we are unable to offer a reduction in entry requirements for students with unconditional offers, and may be unable to offer a reduction for BTEC (QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma) due to equivalencies. We will also be unable to reduce grades within required subjects or below the equivalent of a C grade.
In2Surrey scholarships are awarded following the successful completion of the scheme and enrolment at the University of Surrey. Your scholarship is awarded dependent on your entry offer and final grades obtained. Please see the In2Surrey scholarship weighting:
Meet reduced entry requirement = £500
Meet original offer = £1000*
Exceed original offer = £1500
*Please note that unconditional offers cannot be exceeded.
Scholarships are received in two instalments across your first year of undergraduate study only.
To be eligible for In2Surrey, applicants must:
- Be a home student, permanently residing in the UK
- Have studied at a non-selective state secondary school
- Have applied to study on an undergraduate programme at the University of Surrey commencing in September 2021 or later and have no previous degree qualifications
- Receive a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Surrey
- Meet one of the guaranteed In2Surrey eligibility criteria in Section 1 OR two or more of the eligibility criteria in Section 2 in the eligibility criteria tab below
You are guaranteed a place on In2Surrey if any of the following apply to you:
- Living in an area of high deprivation (IMD Deciles 1 or 2)*
- Living in an area of low participation to Higher Education (POLAR4 Quintile 1)**
- A care leaver or have experience of being looked after by a Local Authority
- Refugee with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- From a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Show Person or Boater community
- A mature student, aged 21 years or over, at the start of your undergraduate study
- Estranged from your family and no longer have contact with either parent
* You can check your postcodes IMD score using this online look up tool. To be eligible your postcode needs a 1 or 2 in column F.
**You can check whether you live an area with low rates of progression to higher education by using our online postcode look up tool. To be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 1 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).
You are eligible for the scheme if you meet two or more of the following criteria:
- You have been eligible to receive Free School Meals within the last 6 years
- You are eligible for the 16-19 bursary
- The main income earners in your household are in non-professional occupations (based on National Statistics Socio-economic classification – NS-SEC groups 4-8)
- You are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic group
- You are classified as having a disability or long term illness
- You are a young carer or look after someone in your family
- You are from a military family (One of your parents/carers has military service experience)
- You live in an IMD Decile 3 or 4 postcode*
- You live in a POLAR4 Quintile 2 postcode**
- You have experienced significant disruption to education in addition to school closures due to national or regional lockdown during Covid-19
* You can check your postcodes IMD score using this online look up tool. To be eligible your postcode needs a 3 or 4 in column F.
**You can check whether you live an area with low rates of progression to higher education by using our online postcode look up tool. To be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).