A-level: BBB or equivalent
GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
Other course specific tests:
Applicant preference criteria
Priority is given to applicants who live permanently in the UK and meet at least two of the following:
- Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education (we use the OfS postcode checker).
- You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*-C / 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attaintment 8 score at GCSE in a state school. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
- You grew up in public care.
- The residual income of your household is less than £25,000
- You will be the first member of your immediate family (excluding older brothers or sisters or your own children) to achieve a degree
- Your studies have been adversely affected by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life.
We actively encourage applications from mature students, those who will be over 21 at the point of entry. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.
Applicants progressing straight from school must meet two of the above applicant preference criteria.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits overall with 45 graded credits at Level 3, with the majority of credits at Distinction and no credits below Merit
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
32 overall (5, 5, 4 higher)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAABB with BC at Advanced Higher
Please contact the LIfelong Learning Admissions Team
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Alternative Entry Scheme for Mature Applicants
If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and you don't have the required A Level or GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for the scheme). As part of this you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
We will treat all applications individually. We'll take into account an applicant's life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview which will involve a piece of writing and you'll be asked to complete a Supplementary Form. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.
If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.
It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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.
Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021
UK: See fees section below
International: £20,250 (per year)
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the UK government and may vary if policy changes.
EU students starting in 2021/22
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. In other years, the government has confirmed fee levels in the summer. When the fee is confirmed we will publish an update on all course pages.
Tuition fees for new international students for 2022 entry
Tuition fees for international students are published on each individual course page. These are usually published a year in advance, so 2022 course fees should be available from September 2021.
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.
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) each year of your course. Fees for 2020/21 are £4,625 (50% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion of the full-time fee agreed for that year.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
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
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.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.