Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.


If you are studying for American qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. We are able to consider a combination of any three test scores at the appropriate level (e.g. 2 APs and 1 SAT Subject Test). Honours and College level class content can also be reviewed on case-by-case basis by our Admissions Team.

The table below shows grade equivalencies for the United States of America.

UK requirement (A-level)Advanced Placement (AP) equivalent


UK requirement (A-level)SAT equivalent
A*AA1350 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 700 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
AAA1350 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 700 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
AAB1320 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 700 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
ABB1290 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 650 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
BBB1290 in the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics Tests (combined) and 650 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
BBC1290 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 600 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
BCC1290 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 550 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)
CCC1290 in SAT Reasoning (combined) and 500 in three SAT Subject Tests* (each)

*Please see the latest update from the College Board regarding SAT Subject Tests.

UK requirement (A-level)American College Testing (ACT) equivalent 
A*AA29 (from a single exam sitting)
AAA29 (from a single exam sitting)
AAB29 (from a single exam sitting)
ABB28 (from a single exam sitting)
BBB28 (from a single exam sitting)
BBC28 (from a single exam sitting)
BCC28 (from a single exam sitting)
CCC27 (from a single exam sitting)


UK requirement (A-level)Associate degree equivalent

Subject requirements

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

UK subject requirement (A-level)Advanced Placement (AP) equivalentSAT Subject Test
Grade A5700
Grade B4650

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: Grade 12 High School Diploma, English C.

Mathematics: Grade 12 High School Diploma, Mathematics C.

Alternatively, an overall SAT score of 1290/1600 (critical reading, writing and mathematics) with a minimum of 600 in each component.

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 may be able to apply to study a Foundation Year. 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 a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must achieve a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0.

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, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.