Our courses provide an outstanding and flexible learning experience. We offer extended degrees with a foundation year, pathways into degree study, flexible undergraduate courses for part-time and mature learners, and apprenticeships.
If you would like to go to university but don’t currently meet the typical requirements for entry, we offer admissions through the alternative entry scheme
You will be offered specialist support at every stage of your student journey.
"My course gave me the skills I needed to progress on to a degree, it eased me back into education and wasn't overwhelming."
Extended degrees with foundation year
These courses are designed for applicants whose backgrounds mean they are less likely to attend university (also known as widening participation backgrounds) and who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree. This means we consider additional factors about your background when you apply.
On the course, you benefit from a foundation year which provides intensive support to enable your development of academic skills and knowledge. On successful completion, learners progress to a range of degree courses across all faculties of the University.
Professional Studies BA (also offered part-time)
Our part-time courses are timetabled to be accessible for those who are combining study with other commitments. All courses are pathways to degree-level study.
Pathways on to a degree
On successful completion of these courses, you can choose to progress on to a full undergraduate degree in your chosen area.
Foundation degrees are designed for people looking to develop their careers. All these courses make use of your paid or voluntary work experience. They typically address professionally related learning or community interests.
Top-up degrees are designed for people working or volunteering with children or in teaching and learning roles. Building on your Foundation Degree or previous experience, the degrees focus on the interaction between professional practice, work-based research and current policy within the sector.
Professional Studies BA (also offered full-time)
Higher and degree apprenticeships
Our apprenticeships are created in partnership with employers, to make sure that apprentices develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for their chosen career.
Apprentices gain a degree from the University of Leeds - a combined academic and vocational qualification - while continuing to work.
Find out more about our apprenticeships.