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 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 are successful in receiving a course offer, you will 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. You should then upload your completed application form 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 an Access to Leeds application, you are agreeing to the personal data you provide being accessed and used by the University as detailed in our privacy statement. For further information on how your information is stored and used, please read the student privacy notice.

Automatic application

If you apply via UCAS, 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 deadlines for application are:

  • 23:59 Wednesday 6 November 2019 for Medicine (A100) and Dental Surgery (A200) courses
  • 23:59 Wednesday 26 February 2020 for all other courses

You should submit your Access to Leeds application as close as possible to your UCAS application. For applicants to Dental Hygiene and Therapy (A900) we strongly recommend that you submit your Access to Leeds application at the same time as your UCAS application in order to receive additional consideration.

UCAS deadlines are 15 October 2019 for Medicine and Dental Surgery and 15 January 2020 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.