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Automatic and direct applicationsFind out whether you meet the eligibility criteria.

Are you eligible for Access to Leeds?

Anyone applying to a full-time undergraduate degree at the University can apply to the Access to Leeds scheme. You must be living permanently in the UK, have the potential to study at the University of Leeds and meet two or more of the following criteria:
  • from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below OR in receipt of 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support with income threshold of £25,000, OR in receipt of free school meals during their GCSE studies
  • in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education
  • the school at which you sat your GCSEs achieved less than the national average of five A* to C passes (including English and maths) at GCSE
  • only option is to attend a local university
  • studies disrupted by circumstances in their personal, social or domestic lives
  • live in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education (visit our online postcode checker to find out whether you meet this requirement)
  • living or grew up in public care

The Access to Leeds scheme is not appropriate for applicants that already hold a Higher Education qualification or those taking an Access to HE or foundation qualification.

How to apply

Direct application

If you meet two or more of the eligibility criteria you should download and complete an application form.

If you are applying under the household income requirement and have not received the 16-19 bursary or free school meals, please also complete a Declaration of Household Income form

You can also download a referee help sheet which will assist your referee in filling out the application.

Applying directly to the scheme will enable you to provide more details on their circumstances to support your application.

Access to Leeds applicants that receive a course offer will also receive an Access to Leeds offer

Automatic application

Some applicants will be automatically flagged as eligible for Access to Leeds because the information provided on their UCAS application indicates that they meet the above criteria relating to their school or geographical area.

If an automatically flagged applicant receives a course offer, they will receive the Access to Leeds offer alongside their standard offer.

Please note: we cannot guarantee that eligible applicants will be automatically flagged so it is important that you submit a direct application if you want to take part in the scheme.

Closing dates

The scheme opened on Monday 21 September for applicants submitting their UCAS applications from September 2015 to January 2016.

For medicine and dentistry students, Access to Leeds applications must be received by 9 November 2015. For all other courses, applications must be received by 29 February 2016.

Your Access to Leeds application should be submitted as closely as possible to your UCAS application. UCAS deadlines are 15 October for medicine and dentistry and 15 January for all other courses.

Please ensure when sending your application you pay the correct postage for the envelope which you use. Paying the incorrect postage can significantly delay the process, or even prevent Access to Leeds from receiving your application.

Contact us

For more information email  or phone 0113 343 8952. For data protection reasons we are unable to discuss applications to the scheme with anyone other than the applicant. +44 (0)113 343 2336