To do a degree at Leeds you will need to satisfy the University's minimum entry requirements and the specific requirements for your course.

For all courses applicants must have a minimum acceptable level of literacy (typically grade C or above in GCSE English or its equivalent) and numeracy (which varies from course to course).

The typical minimum entry requirement for admission to an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Leeds is a pass in a combination of five subjects in GCSE/GCE A-Level examinations including:

  • at least grade A* to C/ 9-4 in English at GCSE or its equivalent, and
  • at least two subjects at grade A*-E in GCE A-level examinations or their equivalent

The University has agreed the following GCSE grade equivalencies using the numerical grading scale:

  • A* = 8 or 9
  • A = 7
  • B = 5 or 6
  • C = 4

Qualification reforms in England

The University of Leeds currently makes offers based on three A-levels, or equivalent, incorporating a range of information in decision making that has been gathered throughout the application process. AS level results, where available, are included in this. However, we recognise that some A-level students will no longer sit AS levels and this group will not be disadvantaged in the decision making process at Leeds.

Science practicals

If an applicant is taking science A-levels in England, a pass in the practical assessment is usually required whatever course they want to study. 

If an applicant is unable to undertake the science practical due to exceptional circumstances please contact the relevant school’s admissions team for further advice prior to application. Admissions team contact details are available on each course page

Core Maths

The University recognises the value of a Core Maths qualification for students who would not otherwise be studying Maths as part of their Level 3 qualifications. This qualification will allow candidates to maintain and develop their mathematical skills post-GCSE. This may be particularly useful for students applying for courses with some mathematical content but no requirement for A Level Maths. 

We accept Core Maths where an applicant has achieved a grade C/4 at GCSE, but their future course of study requires a higher grade, and will do so on a grade-for-grade basis in lieu of GCSE. However, where an A Level in Maths is required, Core Maths cannot be accepted in lieu.

Entry requirements

For exact entry requirements please contact the relevant school or faculty admissions team for your course.

We consider applicants with a wide range of UK, European and international qualifications, including:

  • A-level and AS level
  • BTEC qualifications
  • HND
  • Scottish Highers
  • International Baccalaureate

The following list provides our institutional position on alternative qualifications, policies and subject areas. This is not exhaustive so if your qualification is not listed here you should contact the admissions team for your course.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Applicants who have undertaken the Access to Higher Education Diploma must have the Diploma in a relevant subject and hold 60 credits overall, with at least 45 credits at level 3 to include 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit. Some courses may require specific units and grades. Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

Advanced Extension Awards

We recognise that this qualification provides evidence of in-depth knowledge of the subject area. However, we will not use this qualification as a basis for making any offers.

AQA Baccalaureate

Entry requirements will be based upon the three A-levels taken with the AQA Baccalaureate. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their work experience and other elements of their Baccalaureate in their personal statement.

BTEC Nationals

If you're taking BTEC qualifications you should contact the admissions team for your course prior to application in order for your academic profile to be considered. The size and subject of the BTEC and of any other Level 3 qualifications being undertaken will be taken into consideration when the team advise on your specific qualifications. You can contact the relevant admissions team by phone or email to speak about this informally and you can find their contact details on Coursefinder

The BTEC Extended Diploma is considered for entry to the University. Some of our courses will specify the required levels of achievement in a particular unit or units in addition to the overall requirement. Some courses may also require other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to have been taken alongside the BTEC. 

The BTEC Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma and Diploma will be considered when combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications. Some courses may require the BTEC or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to be in relevant subjects. Please check Coursefinder for more information on entry requirements. 

Some of our schools may take into consideration whether the BTEC is on the QCF or RQF (Qualifications and Credit Framework or Regulated Qualifications Framework) when setting entry requirements. You should specify on your application form which framework the qualification sits within. If you're unsure you should speak to your school or college for clarification. Further information can also be found on the Pearson website.

Cambridge Pre-U

Offers will be based upon three principal subjects or a combination of principal subjects and A-levels. We will take the Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) Pre-U into consideration as part of an applicant's overall profile and may use it in offer making where an applicant is undertaking GPR in combination with two to three A-levels or equivalent. We would encourage applicants to discuss the GPR qualification in their UCAS application.

Cambridge Tec – CTEC

Typically applications will only be considered from students offering the Introductory Diploma alongside two A-levels, the Diploma alongside one or two A-levels, or the Extended Diploma with certain courses requiring an additional A-level (subject specific requirements may apply). Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

City & Guilds Key Skills Application of Number Certificate in Adult Numeracy

The Application of Number qualification at level 2 will not be accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Maths for those courses which require GCSE Maths as part of the entry requirements.

English Baccalaureate

We will not be using the English Baccalaureate to form part of our entry requirements. We expect applicants to the University to have taken a broad range of GCSEs and achieved good grades. As a minimum we could expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English at GCSE, along with two other GCSEs at grade A*-C. However, some of our courses do require higher than the minimum GCSE grades in certain subjects, such as GCSE Maths. Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

Functional skills

Functional Skills level 2 Maths is not accepted in lieu of GCSE Maths.

Functional Skills level 2 English might be accepted in lieu of GCSE English, please check with the school before applying.

International Baccalaureate courses

We encourage applications from students undertaking Higher Level (HL) IB courses. We will consider applicants who present three HL courses, or a combination of HLs with A Levels - in which case three unique subjects must be undertaken. Please note subject-specific requirements may apply to some courses.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Entry requirements are typically based on the overall points score, with some programmes requiring specific grades in some higher level or standard level subjects. Typical equivalences are:

  • AAA – 35 points (you may be asked for grades of 6/7s in higher level subjects).
  • AAB – 35 points (you may be asked for grades of 5, 6 or 7 (in exceptional cases) in higher level subjects).
  • ABB – 34 points (you may be asked for grades of 5 or 6 in 1 or 2 higher level subjects). 
Standard Level Applications and Interpretation and Analysis and Approaches are accepted in place of GCSE Maths. Higher Level Applications and Interpretation and Analysis and Approaches are accepted in place of A Level Maths. Maths requirements vary by programme and may differ depending on the IB module undertaken. Applicants should visit Coursefinder for more information.

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP)

If you're an IBCP student, you should contact the faculty admissions team prior to your application so your academic profile can be considered. The type and size of the vocational elements and the level of the IB courses will be considered so the team to advise on your specific qualifications.

Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome students who have undertaken the Irish Leaving Certificate. Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

Level 1/2 Certificates (CIE/Edexcel/AQA)

The University is happy to accept the Level 1/2 certificates (IGCSEs) from CIE, Edexcel and AQA, as an alternative qualification equivalent to GCSEs. Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

Scottish Qualifications

The University considers applications from candidates with Scottish qualifications, and typical entry requirements can be found on our admissions qualifications page.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Some courses may use the Welsh Baccalaureate in their offer making. We encourage all applicants to discuss their Work-Related Education, Personal and Social Education and Individual Investigation in their personal statement and if invited, at interview. In some cases admissions tutors may wish to make an alternative offer to applicants, one of which involves successful completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate (eg AAA at A-level or AAB plus the Welsh Baccalaureate). Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.


Age and Stage Policy

We recognise that some applicants may have studied through a more flexible curriculum where they have been able to progress through their educational development at an appropriate rate according to their ability.

However, we normally expect applicants to have completed three A-levels (or equivalent) in one sitting. If this has not been the case, then we would require  your school or college to provide further information as to the reasons for this within the academic reference section of your UCAS form.

Our School of Law requires all applicants to have taken three A-levels in one sitting.

Subject information

Extended Project

Although UK students are not required to take the Extended Project, we appreciate that it provides the opportunity for you to develop important research and academic skills. We encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and, if invited, at interview as it is often taken into account if you narrowly miss the grades outlined in our offer to you.

In some cases admissions tutors may wish to make an alternative offer to applicants, one of which involves successful completion of the Extended Project (eg AAA at A level or AAB plus the Extended Project). Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information.

Critical Thinking and General Studies

Many of our courses exclude general studies and critical thinking from their entry requirements. However, if you narrowly miss your offer, general studies or critical thinking may be considered if you achieve good grades in either of these subjects. Please contact the relevant admissions team for further information about the specific entry requirements for your course.