How to apply

Applications for 2023 entry are now open.

We recommend that you apply for Access to Leeds directly because it allows you to provide more information that could support your UCAS application.

Some eligible students are picked up through their Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application but we cannot guarantee this.


The Access to Leeds application deadlines differ depending on which course you want to study. 

For applicants to Medicine (A100) and Dental Surgery (A200) applications must be received by Wednesday 2 November 2022 at 11.59 pm.

For applicants to all other courses, applications must be received by Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 11.59 pm.

For Dental Hygiene and Therapy, Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, and Radiography, it is recommended that you submit your application by the UCAS deadline of 25 January 2023, as interviews will take place in February.

We strongly recommend that you submit your Access to Leeds application as soon as possible after your UCAS application, particularly if you are applying for a course that interviews. For UCAS deadlines, visit the UCAS application timetable page.


There are three steps to applying:

  1. Read our Access to Leeds application guidelines.
  2. Fill in our Access to Leeds application form. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader), there is an accessible version of the Access to Leeds application form available to download. Please only use this version if you have accessibility requirements.  
  3. Submit your application using our online Access to Leeds Application Submission Form.  

If you require it for your application, please download our Declaration of Household Income Form. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader), there is an accessible version of the Access to Leeds Declaration of Household Income form available to download. Please only use this version if you have accessibility requirements.  

Getting a reference

You'll need a reference to complete your application – preferably from a tutor or teacher. They will need to complete a section of your application form before you submit it. They will be asked to confirm which criteria they believe you meet that makes you eligible for Access to Leeds, plus other information to support your application. They can get further information about how to do this in our application guidelines.

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 the Access to Leeds direct application privacy notice.

For further information on how your information is stored and used, please read the student privacy notice.

What happens next 

  1. Once you have applied, we will email you to confirm if you are eligible for the scheme within a few days. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days please contact us at
  2. The admissions team for the course you have applied to will be notified of your eligibility.  They will assess your application and make a decision based on your predicted grades, your UCAS personal statement, UCAS reference, interview (for some courses), and the contextual information provided on your Access to Leeds application. You may not receive a decision immediately, particularly if you have applied for a highly competitive course.
  3. If your application to the University is successful, you will receive an offer notification. This will usually include a standard offer (the normal entry requirements for your chosen course) and an Access to Leeds offer (this could be up to two grades below the standard offer, for example, where the standard offer is AAA, the Access to Leeds offer could be ABB). You must make the University of Leeds your firm choice on UCAS in order to remain eligible for your Access to Leeds offer.
  4. You will need to complete the online Access to Leeds module in two parts: study skills and subject assignment. These are delivered online via Minerva, the University‘s Virtual Learning Environment, which is used by all current students. Here, you will have access to all the study resources you need and you can submit your assignments.
  5. When you complete the module successfully and get the A-level (or equivalent) results you need for your offer, your place on your chosen course is confirmed.