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, hold or be taking the required level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTECs, IB or equivalent) for the course you've applied to, 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 (Attainment 8 score)
  • 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 with prior experience of higher education, 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, and refer to the accompanying guidelines. 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. This should be submitted alongside your application 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. Your referee will be able to provide additional details on your circumstances to support your application.

If you receive a course offer, you will also receive an Access to Leeds offer alongside your standard course offer.

How to submit your application form

The application form should be completed electronically in Microsoft Word and submitted through our web form. We strongly recommend you use a desktop PC or laptop as the form may not work on some mobile devices. You should complete the first part of the form, then forward to your referee for them to fill in the rest. The document should then be uploaded via our web form, where you will be required to fill in some personal details, and will need your UCAS ID.

Privacy and data protection

By completing this application, you are agreeing to the personal data you provide being accessed and used by the Access to Leeds scheme as detailed in our privacy statement.  For further information on how your information is stored and used by the University of Leeds, please refer to the student privacy notice.

Automatic application

From September 2018 onwards, if you apply via UCAS to start university in 2019 or later, you could be automatically flagged as eligible for Access to Leeds. This could happen if your application indicates 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. It is important that you submit a direct application if you want to take part in the scheme.

Closing dates

The Access to Leeds deadline for applications to Medicine and Dental Surgery courses is Monday 5 November at 23.59pm. For all other courses, applications must be received by 23.59pm on Monday 25 February 2019.

Your Access to Leeds application should be submitted as close as possible to your UCAS application. UCAS deadlines are 15 October for Medicine and Dental Surgery and 15 January for all other courses.

Contact us

For more information email or phone +44(0)113 3438952. Due to data protection we are unable to discuss applications to the scheme with anyone other than the applicant.