The Access to Leeds programme is designed to help your transition to university life by giving you the opportunity to take part in a number of activities before you start your degree course.

As an Access to Leeds student you will benefit from:
  • special consideration from admissions tutors
  • an alternative offer for your course, up to two grades lower than the standard offer
  • attending a launch event on campus to find out more about the University of Leeds and its facilities, and the Access to Leeds module. You will also get to meet current students, other access to Leeds students and attend workshops
  • access to the University’s online library and Virtual Learning Environment
  • special consideration if you apply for one of our scholarships

As part of the programme you are required to complete the Access to Leeds online module which consists of two parts – study skills and subject skills, both at an equivalent academic level to your year 13 studies. You must successfully complete both components to remain eligible for your Access to Leeds course offer.

The Access to Leeds module is delivered online via the University‘s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is used by all current students. Here you will have access to all the study resources you need, be able to submit your assignments and communicate with your tutors.

Study skills

The study skills component consists of a series of online workshops designed to prepare you for university study. These include; writing skills, referencing and critical reading. The study skills are launched towards the end of March, and you will have around six weeks to complete these. Students are expected to engage with the study skills in the way which best suits their learning style – you can log in and work through the activities for as long, and on as many occasions, as you like. Study skills are tested with a short multiple choice quiz, taken when you are confident in the skills which you have developed.

Subject skills

This is a short assignment (1250 words), project or test focusing on the subject area you have applied for. If taking the assignment you will receive guidance from a University tutor who will set and mark your work and provide feedback to help you develop relevant subject skills before you start your course. Assignment titles are released at the end of May and students have approximately seven weeks to complete this. Some courses require students to take a mathematics examination on-campus in place of the written assignment. This will usually take place mid-July; students are notified earlier in the year and are provided some guidance and revision materials to assist with preparation.

Find out how to apply