Now I'm here. Setting the beat.

Ellena received a reduced offer to study at the University through the Access to Leeds contextual admissions scheme.

Access to Leeds helped me through the application process when I was going through a difficult time while studying my A-levels. The support I got meant that I didn’t miss out on a university place. Now I’m here I’m excited about a career in music therapy.


My name is Ellena. I’m studying Music and Music Psychology. I had a lot of personal obstacles to overcome during my A-levels. I’m grateful that Access to Leeds helped me navigate the whole application process. Not having to worry so much about grades gave me the breathing space I needed, and the Access to Leeds module gave me the opportunity to reinforce the skills I’d need for university study. I hope to use my degree to move into a therapy role when I graduate, helping young people use music to overcome trauma.

Centre stage

The Access to Leeds module helped develop my study skills before I even arrived at university. I feel like it gave me a head start and the confidence I needed to make university a success.


Access to Leeds

The Access to Leeds scheme offers additional study support and special consideration for applicants based on personal circumstances. Check if you’re eligible for Access to Leeds online, and attend a talk or drop in at Open Day to find out more.

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Foundation years

A foundation year is an extra year of study at the start of a university course. It will help you to develop the study skills you need to succeed on your chosen degree path. If you don’t meet the typical entry requirements for your chosen course, a foundation year will prepare you for undergraduate study at Leeds.

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