We welcome talented students who have the potential to succeed at university regardless of your educational or personal background, and we offer a variety of alternative routes in to studying at the University of Leeds.

Access to Leeds

Access to Leeds is our undergraduate widening access scheme which allows us to identify the best possible applicants regardless of background. We understand that A-level grades alone cannot tell us everything about an applicant and their abilities. If you are eligible for the scheme you will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. If you complete the Access to Leeds programme and receive a course offer, you will be eligible for an Access to Leeds offer, which is typically two grades below the standard entry requirements for your course.

Find out more about the programme

Download our Access to Leeds brochure

Alternative Entry Scheme

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree courses, you may want to consider our Alternative Entry Scheme which takes account of your work and life experiences instead. The scheme only applies to certain degrees and you may be required to attend an interview and complete one or more pieces of work set by the relevant course admissions tutor. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We recognise that some applicants may already possess an extensive range of skills and knowledge, gained through a variety of work and learning experiences. These may be used to gain exemption from part of the degree course you are applying for, subject to successful evaluation and agreement by the academic school.

  • the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) takes into account learning which has already been assessed and certificated as part of a completed or partly completed course or qualification
  • the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is awarded where individuals can demonstrate learning and skills gained through experiences in work, voluntary, home or leisure environments

To find out whether you are eligible to receive APL and how to apply, contact the relevant academic school. Contact details can be found by searching for your course on our course finder.