See our country-specific equivalencies.
If you are studying for South African qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for South Africa.
UK requirement (A-level)
Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement)
For courses that have specific subject requirements at A-level:
UK subject requirement (A-level)
Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) equivalent
|Grade A||A (7)|
|Grade B||B (6)|
Minimum standard in English and mathematics
All applicants for undergraduate courses must also meet a minimum standard in English and mathematics.
English: Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement), English at grade C (Standard Grade) or grade E (Higher Grade).
Mathematics: Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement), mathematics at grade C (Standard Grade) or grade E (Higher Grade)
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 70% overall or a 2:1 honours degree.
For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve 60% overall or a 2:2 honours degree.
Postgraduate pathway programmes
If you do not meet the requirements for a postgraduate course, you can 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 a student’s academic and English language skills in preparation for postgraduate study.
Upon successful completion, you 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 through your Senior Certificate English Language grade, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.