We understand that applicants and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Leeds. 

Our campus will be open in September and it’s important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we’re working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect. Your personal safety remains our top priority, so you can be sure we’ll take all the appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures, which will be in place right across campus.

We'll continue to make updates on this page and in our Frequently Asked Questions below. 

Frequently asked Questions

Safety and wellbeing

What safety measures will be in place when I arrive on campus?

We are working hard to ensure that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment for you when you arrive. Your personal safety is our top priority, and we are putting appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. Read more information about safety on campus on our coronavirus website

My Application

I've applied to the University but have not had a decision on my application yet. Are you still considering applications?

Yes. Your application is very important to us and we are still processing applications as normal, but please be aware there may be a delay in receiving a response from us.

Is there a deadline to accept my offer?

If you have applied for an undergraduate course please check UCAS Track to confirm deadlines for your firm and insurance choices. If you have applied for a Masters course there is no deadline to accept your offer. However please leave enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course.

I am a private candidate and unsure if I will receive any results in August. What should I do?

If you were sitting your A Levels or GCSEs as a private candidate, we understand this probably means you won't receive a grade from your school/college. We will be as flexible as possible and use a range of evidence to assess your application. We advise you to contact the admissions team for the course you have applied to for further advice.

Will you refund my deposit if I cannot come to Leeds to study due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Yes. We've recently changed our refunds policy to confirm that we will refund your deposit if you are unable to take up your place at Leeds for reasons relating to COVID-19.

I am an EU student and my Masters course is starting in January 2021 instead of September 2020. Will my tuition fees stay the same?

Yes, if you have been told your Masters course starts in January 2021, your tuition fees will still be classed as Home/EU fees and will stay the same. You will also still be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Masters Loan.

My university cannot provide me with an official certificate or transcript to meet the academic conditions of my offer due to COVID-19, what should I do?

We will be as flexible as possible and documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you submit the most recent transcript and/or confirmation of award that you have been provided by your current institution for the admissions team to review. They will contact you if any further information or documentation is required.

Will there be any flexibility on my offer conditions if my results are lower than expected?

We will be as flexible as possible and do all we can to support you. If you miss the conditions of your offer, we have a process in place to consider this and you will not automatically be unsuccessful. If you feel you have not awarded the appropriate result it is advised that you raise an appeal via your school to the exams board. You can find out more information in our 2020 Undergraduate Admissions Policy, section 4.15.

My English language test centre is currently closed and I'm not sure how to meet the English requirements for my course?

We are currently accepting a wider range of English language tests, including some which are available to take at home. See our Entry Requirements page for more information. For English language requirements for our pre-sessional programmes, see our Language Centre pre-sessional FAQs.  

Can I defer my offer to secure a place for next year?

If you are not able to join us this year you can request to defer your place to 2021, provided that you have not previously deferred. Please be aware that due to the likely high demand for deferrals this year we may not be able to approve every request.

If I already paid my deposit for this year, will it be automatically carried over to next year if I defer my place?

Yes. If you have paid the deposit before requesting to defer we will keep hold of your payment for next year - we do not usually permit applicants to both receive a refund and defer.  

Will a change of course start date or different course affect my scholarship?

Scholarship regulations vary, so we would advise that you contact your sponsor as soon as possible to find out whether the change to your course affects your funding. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Can I split my fee payments into more instalments as an international student?

If you are a self-funded international student you can either pay in full or in two instalments. Full information on how to pay can be found here.

I have a conditional offer from the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) and I have been asked to sit matriculation exams. Do I have to come into the university to do the exams?

Please check our Matriculation FAQs page for updates about how the exams will run. You are welcome to contact the LLC at lifelonglearning@leeds.ac.uk with any queries.

Why has my course start date been changed to January? 

Our number one priority is a safe, phased return to campus for all our students and staff, whilst ensuring you receive a high-quality education and as many opportunities as possible to engage with student life at Leeds. This has been at the heart of all our planning and the decision to phase the arrival of both new and existing students back on to campus.

Can I change the start date that I have been given for my Masters course? 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer you an alternative start date to the date allocated for your chosen course. 

If you would prefer to start your studies at a different time, we may be able to consider you for an alternative course. You can search all our courses on our Coursefinder. Please contact the admissions team using the contact details provided and they will be able to advise if you can be considered for a place.  

I have been given the option to start in September or January for my course. How do I confirm my preferred start date?

The admissions team for your course will be in contact with you to let you know how to confirm your preferred start date.

How do I cancel my request to defer to September 2021 and confirm to start my course in January 2021 instead?

You are welcome to request to start your course in January 2021 instead of deferring to September 2021. The admissions team for your course will be in contact with you to let you know how to confirm your preferred start date and will then issue an updated offer letter.

Can I have a new offer letter showing my January start date?

The admissions team for your course will be in touch with you in the next few weeks to issue an updated offer letter.

Can I use the pre-sessional course results from this year if my course starts in 2021?

Pre-sessional results are valid for two years, so a pre-sessional course taken this summer will be valid English language evidence for a master's course starting in January 2021, and you will not need to provide an alternative language qualification.

If my English language certificate expires before January, do I need to apply for another?

As long as your certificate is valid for the original start of the course in September 2020, we will still accept it as evidence of your English language proficiency if you are now starting your course in January 2021. If you will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, this meets all UKVI requirements.

Immigration and visas

I've received my unconditional offer from Leeds but am worried about getting my visa in time. What should I do?

Don't worry, where UKVI centres are closed, we will make adjustments if you need to arrive late. We will contact you directly by email to confirm the details of when your course will begin. 

If I start my studies in September, will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route/Post Study Work visa?

The UK government has announced that students graduating from UK universities in summer 2021 will be eligible to apply as long as they arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies. 

I have received an unconditional taught postgraduate offer from the University and a request to pay a deposit to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Do I have to pay it now? 

We are starting to issue CASs for courses starting from September 2020. In order to receive a CAS, you will need to pay the £1,500 tuition fee deposit, or provide evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. There is currently no deadline for the payment of the deposit, unless you are taking a summer pre-sessional. For more information, please see the tuition fee deposits guidance page.

When you will start to issue CAS documents? 

We are currently issuing CAS documents for courses that have a September 2020 start date.

For any programme that has a January start date, the CAS will be issued from September onwards and you will be contacted by email once your CAS is ready, or if any further information is needed, so you do not need to take any action to request a CAS.

In order to be eligible for a CAS, you must have firmly accepted an unconditional offer, supplied all necessary information, such as valid passport details, and, for taught postgraduate students only, either have paid a £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provided evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. 

How do I apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate? 

You will still need to apply for an ATAS certificate if the course you are studying requires you to apply for one. The scheme was closed for a while after the coronavirus outbreak and there have been some processing delays but the Home Office update to the Tier 4 visa guidance published on 1 June 2020 confirmed that ATAS applications can now be made. Please see the GOV.UK website for the latest updates.  

Where can I get more general information about studying in the UK?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provide regularly updated information.

How will the January 2021 start date affect EU students’ immigration requirements?

We recommend that EU students enter the UK before 31 December 2020 and apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, which will give you the option to remain in the UK for five years if you wish. For the latest information, visit our Brexit page

Teaching and learning

When is the start date for my course?

If you are a new or returning undergraduate student your studies will start as planned on 28 September 2020. 

If you are a postgraduate student your start date will depend on your course. Some Masters courses will start in September and some will begin in January. 

If you have further questions about the start date for your course please contact your prospective school, you can find these contact details on the course pages

Why is the start of my course been delayed? 

We are delaying the start to some courses to ensure a safe, phased return to campus for students and staff. We have taken account of the ability of all of our students to join us in the autumn.

How we deliver your course will depend on UK Government guidance on social distancing at the time but our approach will be flexible, offering a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning which will involve interaction with staff and regular collaboration with fellow students. 

If you are holding an offer for a course at Leeds we will contact you directly by email to confirm the details of when your course will begin.

How much teaching on my course will be face-to-face?

Teaching activities with large numbers of students, such as lectures, will go ahead using digital technology. Teaching in small-group settings, including seminars, tutorials and practicals, will be delivered face to face on campus wherever it can be done safely. We hope that by January we will be in a position to deliver more face-to-face teaching, although our approach will remain flexible.

What if I can't get to Leeds for the start of my course?

We are putting in place a wide range of measures to ensure that our campus is a safe community for students to join in September. We are therefore encouraging you to travel to campus unless circumstances delay your arrival. If you can't travel to campus immediately, you'll have remote access to all the teaching resources and support services you need for your studies until you arrive.

If some of my teaching is online, will I be charged the full tuition fees?

Students will be charged full tuition fees for 2020 entry.

It is important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we are working hard to ensure you receive the high-quality academic experience you expect. 

How we deliver your course will depend on government guidance on social distancing at the time but our approach will be flexible, offering a balance of face-to-face and virtual learning which will involve interaction with staff and regular collaboration with fellow students. 

We will review our plans regularly and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible. We are committed to ensuring you are supported to get the most out of your university experience, whilst ensuring your safety and wellbeing at all times. 

Will I need to register on campus?

Registration will be online. If you are an EU or International student you will also need to register in person when you arrive on campus.

My course is now starting in January. What virtual learning resources can I access before I start?

Before you join us, you will be able to access a resource called Transition to Leeds to make sure you make the best start to your time at Leeds. Transition to Leeds will be available before your programme starts in January 2021.

It is designed to enhance your study at Leeds by encouraging you to consider your programme of choice from different perspectives: 

  • global and cultural insight
  • employability and ethics and responsibility
  • sustainability. 

Transition to Leeds will include information to help welcome you to the University of Leeds, both before and after you join us. 

We will email you with more details once you have met the terms of your offer and accepted your unconditional offer.

Welcome and arrival

I'm an international student. When will I get more information about arriving on campus? 

We understand your concerns about planning your travel during this uncertain coronavirus situation. We will be sharing more information to help you plan your travel to Leeds, and about our welcome and arrival services soon. We will email you again to tell you when the information has been updated on our websites. Thank you for your patience. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds.

What welcome and induction activities will be taking place?

All new students will take part in programme of induction and orientation activities to help you familiarise yourself and settle into Leeds as quickly as possible. We're busy working with the teams in Leeds University Union to develop a series of activities and events, both on campus and online, so you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome when you arrive. You will receive more details by email as they are confirmed.


For questions relating to Accommodation, including applying, moving in, and what to expect with social distancing, please visit the Accommodation website.

Careers Support

What careers support will be available?

We will ensure that students can access the same high-quality careers support We are planning a blend of face-to-face and virtual careers and professional development support, in line with the social distancing rules in place at the time. Our team will offer information, advice and expert guidance and continue to work with employers to enable interaction and the promotion of opportunities.

Open days

Are you still holding open days?

Due to the current situation, our June undergraduate open days will not be taking place on campus as originally planned. Instead, we are hosting a virtual open day experience. You can register on our virtual open days website. You can find information on virtual postgraduate open days here.