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. To be eligible you must be living permanently in the UK, have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds and meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • be 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 an income threshold of £25,000, or in receipt of free school meals during your GCSE studies
  • be in the first generation of your immediate family to go to university
  • attend a  school achieving below the national average at GCSE (5A*-C passes including English and Maths)
  • your only option is to attend a local university
  • your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life
  • you live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education (see our online postcode checker)
  • you live or grew up in public care

Please note: the Access to Leeds scheme is not appropriate for applicants who already hold a Higher Education qualification or those taking an Access to Higher Education or foundation qualification.

How to apply

Direct application

If you meet two or more of the above eligibility criteria you should download and complete an application form. Ideally this should be done as soon as you submit your UCAS application.

If you are applying under the household income criteria and have not received the 16-19 Bursary Fund or free school meals, you must also complete a declaration of household income form

Your Access to Leeds application must be supported by a referee, preferably a teacher or tutor, who will need to complete a section on your application form.  You can download a referee help sheet for additional information. Applying directly to the scheme will enable your referee to provide additional details on your circumstances to support your application.

If you are successful in receiving a course offer, you will receive an Access to Leeds offer alongside your standard course offer

Automatic application

You may be automatically flagged as eligible for Access to Leeds when we review your UCAS application because the information provided by you indicates that you meet the eligibility criteria relating to your school or geographical area.

If you are automatically flagged by our admissions team you could receive an Access to Leeds offer alongside your 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 reopened 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 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) 3438952. Due to data protection we are unable to discuss applications to the scheme with anyone other than the applicant.