Alternative admissions

We have a number of programmes that help students from underrepresented groups to get a place on an undergraduate degree at Leeds.

We welcome talented students who have the potential to succeed at university regardless of educational or personal background.

Access to Leeds

Access to Leeds could offer you the chance to study a degree with lower entry requirements than listed on our course pages. This can be two grades lower than the published entry requirement for each course. So for example, if the course entry requirement is AAA - the Access to Leeds offer could be ABB. The programme also offers a study module and support and events to prepare you for university.

You will be eligible for Access to Leeds if you are a UK student and you meet two of the following six criteria:

  • You are 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.
  • You are the first generation of your immediate family to go to university.
  • You attended 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 an area with low progression to higher education (see our online postcode checker).
  • You live or grew up in public care. 

Find out more about Access to Leeds.

Low Participation Neighbourhoods

If you don't meet the criteria for Access to Leeds, but you live in a neighbourhood where there is low participation in higher education, we may be able to give priority to your application. This means our admissions staff will take this into account when considering whether to make you an offer. You don't need to apply: if you are from a Low Participation Neighbourhood we will automatically give your application additional consideration.

Mature and part-time students

Our Lifelong Learning Centre offers a number of degree courses for those returning to study or who want to study part-time. These courses have a lower grade requirement than most of our degrees and their entry requirements can include information about your background or work experience.

We also offer one-to-one advice sessions and a number of free short courses and events to help you decide whether you want to move onto higher education.

Find out more about our support for mature and part-time students.

Foundation courses

Our foundation courses prepare you for entry onto a full University of Leeds degree. If you don't have the grades needed for the degree you want to study, our foundation courses can help you get a place at Leeds. 

Find out more about our foundation courses.

Realising Opportunities

We are part of Realising Opportunities, a scheme that supports students from groups underrepresented in higher education to get into a leading research intensive university. We work with selected schools in the region, to raise the aspirations of students to apply to and succeed at university. We provide information and support to help them make an informed choice about their options and prepare for university life.

Find out more about Realising Opportunities.