In2Surrey is part of the University’s widening participation programme. It aims to support eligible students to achieve their goal of studying at the University of Surrey, regardless of their background or personal circumstances.

Applications for 2020/21 entry are now closed. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in September 2020.

What is In2Surrey?

In2Surrey is the University of Surrey’s access scheme, coordinated by the Widening Participation and Outreach team. It is designed to support eligible students to achieve their goal of studying at the University of Surrey by offering 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)
  • Invitations to exclusive events that will support your transition to and through university.

* Please note that we may be unable to offer and reduction in entry requirements for BTEC students or those with unconditional offers.








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How does it work?

In2Surrey is a sustained engagement programme. To receive the full benefits you must complete all elements of the scheme (outlined on the timeline below) and select the University of Surrey as your firm choice. Please note that whilst benefits of the scheme will stay the same, the timeline may be subject to change.

Sept 2019 – Jan 2020:

  • Applications open: Applications are open until midnight on Sunday 19 January 2020. 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 2020.
  • In2Surrey assignment set - Friday 31 January 2020: To be eligible for the full benefits of the In2Surrey scheme, you must pass the In2Surrey reflective assignment. 

Feb 2020:

  • In2Surrey launch event - Saturday 1 February 2020: 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 1 March 2020: You will have 4 weeks to complete the In2Surrey assignment, which will be due in at the end of February.

March 2020:

  • 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.

April 2020:

  • 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.

May 2020:

  • 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.

July - August 2020:

  • 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.

Sept 2020:

  • 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 such as accommodation, support services and managing finance. 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.

Continued Support:

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.


To apply to the In2Surrey scheme, you must:

  • Be a home student, permanently residing in the UK
  • Be studying (or studied) at a state funded school or college
  • Be applying (or have applied) to an undergraduate programme at the University of Surrey commencing in September 2020
  • Meet two or more of the University’s widening participation criteria.

To gain a place on the scheme, you must also:

  • Receive a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Surrey.

To be eligible for the In2Surrey scheme, you must meet two or more of the below criteria:

  • From a family where parents/carers have not attended university in the UK
  • Main income earners in your household are in non-professional occupations
  • Eligible for a 16-19 bursary (or equivalent)
  • From a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community**
  • Eligible for free school meals in the last six years
  • From a military family
  • Young carer (currently looking after a relative with a disability, illness or mental health condition)
  • From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group
  • Mature learner (aged over 21 at the start of your undergraduate course)**
  • Refugee with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Care leaver or have experience of being looked after by a Local Authority**
  • Estranged student (no longer have contact with either parent)
  • Have a disability or long term health problem which affects your daily life
  • Students from low participation neighbourhoods and/or areas of deprivation (*see look up tools below)**
  • Students from areas of multiple deprivation (***see IMD look up tool below)**
  • Studies have suffered significant disruption due to illness or personal circumstances

*You can check whether you live an area with low rates of progression to higher education by using our online postcode look up tool. Your post code must be rated quintile 1 or 2  against POLAR 4 (see table on map).

**Applications that meet the highlighted criteria are encouraged even if no other widening participation criteria is met.

*** You can check your postcodes Index of Multiple Deprivation data using this online look up tool. Your postcode must be rated 1 or 2 in column F.


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