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Entry requirements

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry to courses starting before September 2022.

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus by 6 April 2022.

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

The Admissions Team will advise you on assessment of your application and transcripts if this programme is required. Fee information can be found here.

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements. 

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus by 6 April 2022.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELT Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills solo

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Check your entry requirements

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an Online Pre-Sessional English course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

International Foundation Year entry requirements

To study on the International Foundation Year you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study*.
  • Country of residence/nationality: International students only may apply. Applications from HEU students* are not accepted – see note below.
  • Age: Students must be 17 years of age or above to study at the International Study Centre.
CountryQualification
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.25 or 55%, with 55% or above in Maths and English. Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
China (Mainland)Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% with in minimum of 4 academic subjects including key subjects or Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above in a minimum of 4 academic subjects including key subjects
Hong KongForm 5 passes in a minimum of 4 academic subjects or HKDSE with minimum grades 3,2,2 including relevant subjects
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
IndiaSuccessful completion of the Standard 10+1 with 70% or above or Standard 10+2 at 55% or above, minimum 50% in relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 6.5 or above or SMU 2 at an average of 7.0. 5 relevant subjects required
IranSuccessful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with overall GPA 14/20 including relevant subjects
JapanSuccessful completion of Kotogakko (Year 12) with grade average of 70% or GPA 3/5. Year 11 with 75% or GPA 4/5 may be considered, subject to age
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
Korea

SH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 5th grade in relevant subjects

SH2: 4th Grade average in rank with at least 4th grade in relevant subjects

LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
MacauSuccessful completion of 'O' Levels at grade C in 5 relevant subjects including English or completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with an average grade of 65% - 75% in relevant subjects
MalaysiaSPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
MoroccoDiplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
OmanThanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) = GCSE A*-C comparable where an overall passmark of 80% or above
PakistanSuccessful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate at an average grade of 3-5 (60%) overall, with passes in 4 or more subjects with 50% minimum required for relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
QatarSuccessful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 80% in relevant subjects
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi ArabiaSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
SingaporeSecondary 4: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 70% in relevant subjects overall, including relevant subjects
ThailandSuccessful completion of MAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) – 55% overall
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USAHigh School Diploma: Min GPA 2.75 (grade C+, 77%) with minimum 4 academic subjects or GED: 640 overall with 160 in 4 subjects
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 7.0 and minimum of 7.0 for Maths and Sciences subjects

*If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

International Qualifications

Former IB Diploma/Certificate:

The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate and the Diploma Programme Course

26 points
AS level24 UCAS points (native language accepted
A Level88 UCAS points (native language accepted

*If your qualification is not listed then please contact us for more information.

  • The table below shows the minimum English language level required for entry to the International Foundation Year and English Language Preparation.
Course
Required English language level*
International Foundation YearBusiness, Economics, Law and Social SciencesAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing)**

Computing, Engineering and Physical SciencesAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing)**

Life SciencesAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall(minimum 5.0 in all subskills)**
Life Sciences IFY OnlyRequired English language level*
1 semester Pre-sessional English (for International Foundation Year)Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all subskills)**
For Computing, Engineering and Physical Science IFY and Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences IFYRequired English language level*
1 semester Pre-sessional English (for International Foundation Year)Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.5 in all subskills)**

* The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

** If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Available for progression from both the ISC September and January/February intakes.

Please note: there is a different application process dependent on the intake.

September applications:

  • Applicants wishing to be considered for Vet Med will need to submit their UCAS application by the deadline of 15th October in order to be considered.
  • 4 weeks of work experience being required prior to UCAS application.
  • An interview is also required and offers are made based on your performance at interview. If you are not offered a place on the Veterinary Medicine and Science programme, you can progress onto the Veterinary Biosciences programme (subject to achieving the required academic and English progression grades).

Students will need to fill out the Surrey Vet Med Disclaimer Form, which explains the full application process in detail, prior to receiving an offer.

January/February applications:

  • Before the International Foundation Year: students must submit evidence of UCAS application submitted by 15th October - the UCAS application must note that the student will be studying the Surrey ISC International Foundation Year from January/February and will only be available for the February interview period.

Pre-Masters entry requirements

To study on the Pre-Masters programme you need to meet the following requirements:

Academic: Recognised degree – must be in related field for some subjects.
Country of residence/nationality: International students only may apply. Applications from HEU students* are not accepted – see note below.
Age: 20+

CountryQualification
AzerbaijanRecognised first degree (4/5 years) Bakalavr or a specialist Diploma in a related subject area with at least 50%
BangladeshRecognised first degree - Bachelor's degree (four years, awarded after 2003) with at least 45% overall
BelarusBachelor Degree (Bakalavr) with 7/10 or Specialist Diploma or HE Diploma with at least 3/10
BotswanaBachelor's degree (5 years) with 4.4/5.0 (First class/Distinction)* Postgraduate Diploma Pass
China

Full time studies Bachelor's degree (Max 1 year internship accepted): 60%+ overall

Full time studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Full time studies Junior College Diploma (Max 1 year internship accepted): 70% overall

EgyptBachelor degree with at least 60%
GambiaBachelor degree with (A+ to A-/3.70-4.30/excellent grades only)
GeorgiaBakalavris Diplomi (bachelor's degree) / Specialist Diploma with 55% overall (sufficient)
GhanaBachelors degree or HND in related subject with GPA 4.0/5.0 - 1st class
Hong Kong

Bachelors degree (ordinary or honours)

Associate Degree/Higher Diploma/Professesional Diploma in a related subject

IndiaBachelors degree three year (Regular pass) 50%, or Bachelor degree three years (Hons) or four years 45%
IndonesiaSarjana 1 / Diploma IV with 2.0 GPA overall.
IranBachelor's degree (Licence / Karshenasi) with 12/20
JapanGakushi (bachelor's degree), C / 2.00 / Pass
JordanBachelor's degree with at least 2.0/4.0
KazakhstanBachelor's degree with 2.33/4.0 / C+
KenyaBachelor's degree or HND in a related subject A/75%/4.00
KoreaBachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
KuwaitBachelor's degree pass with GPA 2.0/4.0
LibyaBachelors degree with 60% overall
MacauBachelor's degree or Higher Diploma with GPA 3.0 from  Instituto de Formação Turística (Institute for Tourism Studies) or Instituto Politécnico de Macau (Macao Polytechnic Institute)
Malaysia

Bachelors degree

Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+).

Myanmar
4 Year Bachelor Degree 55%
Nepal

3 Year B.Comm overall 65%

Recognised first degree (45% plus) or 3 year B.Comm or equivalent (65% plus)

New ZealandBachelor's degree with C overall
NigeriaBachelor's degree or HND in a related subject area (Distinction/Upper Credit only)
OmanBachelors degree with GPA of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale or 3 year Advanced Diploma in related subject with B+/3.3/4.0
PakistanSuccessful completion of 3 year Bachelor Honours degree with grade average of 55%; 4 year Bachelors degree with grade average of 50%.
QatarUndergraduate Degree pass
RussiaSpecialist Diploma Baklavar with 3.0/5 GPA overall.
Saudi ArabiaBachelors degree with 2.5/5.0 or 1.5/4.0
Singapore

Successful completion of Bachelor degree or

Polytechnic Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)

Sri LankaRecognised first degree (45% plus) or 3 year Diploma or equivalent (65% plus)
TaiwanBachelors degree with grade average of 50% or CGPA 2.0+
TanzaniaRecognised first degree or Advanced Diploma/HND in a related subject area (A grades, 70%+/excellent)
ThailandBachelor's degree / Higher Diploma of Education with GPA 2.0+
TurkeyLisans Diplomasi / Mühendis Diplomasi (bachelor's degree)  2.1/4 GPA overall.
UAEUndergraduate degree pass
UkraineRecognised first degree, Bakalavr, or Ukrainian Diploma with minimum GPA 7.0 (all good and excellent grades)
UzbekistanSpecialist Diploma (any) or Bakalavr with 65%
VietnamRecognised first degree with 5.5 or above

*If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

  • The table below shows the minimum English language level required for entry to the Pre-Masters Preparation Programme.
CourseRequired English language level*
1-semester Pre-MastersAcademic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skills)** or equivalent accepted^. See text below for full details
2-semester Pre-MastersAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skills)** or equivalent accepted^. See text below for full details
2.5-semester Pre-MastersAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skills)** or equivalent accepted^. See text below for full details
3-semester Pre-MastersAcademic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skills)** or equivalent accepted^. See text below for full details

* The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

** If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

English Language Requirement for Pre-Masters Programme

Please note these alternative qualification are accepted for direct entry onto the Pre-Master’s Programme only.

Important to note

There is a very high level of competition for degree places at the University of Surrey. The number of students applying from within the UK and the European Union region are especially high. Therefore, we do not accept HEU* students. We strongly recommend that these students consider joining an A Level programme.

*Definition of HEU students HEU (Home/EU) students include the following categories:

  • Permanent residents in the UK who have been resident in the UK for three years
  • EEA (European Economic Area) migrant workers and their families in the UK who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • EU nationals and their children who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their families
  • People who have applied for asylum and have been granted leave to enter/remain, and their families

The British Government strictly defines the rules on whether you are classified as a ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ student. Universities do not have discretion.