Liberal Arts BA
Year of entry 20232024 course information
- UCAS code
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 3 years full time
- Work placement
- Study abroad
- Typical A-level offer
- AAA (specific subject requirements)
- Typical Access to Leeds offer
- ABB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements
This degree is highly flexible, and combines different subject areas, enabling you to shape your course according to your own interests and enthusiasms.
You choose a major subject from within humanities or social sciences – from a choice of English, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and Cultural Studies.
You’ll then choose modules from a broad range of Topic areas, which include: Literature and the Visual Arts; Histories and Heritage; Politics and the Modern World; Performing Arts; the Digital World and Media; Visions of Humanity and Contemporary Society.
The course also provides opportunities for engagement with external partners such as businesses, museums and charities. You'll graduate with intellectual knowledge and the practical, transferable skills that employers look for.
In your first year you’ll spend a third of your time being introduced to the key concepts, approaches and methods of your Major Subject. You’ll also choose three optional modules from the Topic areas, and take a core module on the Liberal Arts approach which teaches you skills of cross-disciplinary enquiry and how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Read more about Liberal Arts majors
Read more about Liberal Arts topics
You’ll build on this foundation in your second year, when half of the modules you study are in your major subject. You’ll also choose two modules from the topic areas, and undertake a research placement which includes the option of working with external organisations, such as businesses and local government bodies.
You have the option of taking a year abroad or a work placement in the third year of the course before returning for your final year.
Your critical, analytical and cross-disciplinary research skills will be highly developed by the final year and you’ll use them when you undertake an independent research project to explore a question of your choice. You’ll also spend half of your time on your major subject and take an additional topic module.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Liberal Arts BA in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Introducing Liberal Arts||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Student Research Partnerships||20|
Year 3 compulsory modules
|Independent Research Project in Liberal Arts||40|
Learning and teaching
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We also use varied types of assessment, including exams, essays, presentations and group work.
Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique and public speaking.
Other course specific tests:
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer.
If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ. We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, D3, M2
35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AA in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers OR A in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers OR AAAAAA in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 85%
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year
If you would like to study arts, humanities, and cultures at university, but don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, you might be eligible to apply for the Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year course.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.
You can find out more about what it is like to be an international student by speaking to a Link to Leeds ambassador. They can’t help you with your application, but they can tell you how they have found living and studying in Leeds.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 are available on individual course pages.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 will be available on individual course pages from September 2023.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Read our guidance about applying.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
When applying to the BA Liberal Arts course, please indicate your preferred Major subject using the free format field on the UCAS form. Because there are restrictions on the number of characters you can use, please refer to the table listed on the Liberal Arts website for details of the keywords to use to record your choice of Major.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
Liberal Arts Undergraduate Admissions
A Liberal Arts degree is varied and challenging. It equips you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. Through your course, you have the option to work with partners external to the University, so you can make connections through you studies and the world beyond the classroom.
You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you’ll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You’ll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.
All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and our graduates have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.
We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. Our students particularly benefit from events within the School which give you the chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the world of business, charities or elsewhere in the third sector.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Student profile: Colin Low
The course allows you to study many subjects but focus on one in particular, and I chose philosophy because I have always been interested in the varying thought processes and perspectives.Find out more about Colin Low's time at Leeds