Applying FAQs

This page is for prospective undergraduate applicants and those holding an offer for 2021 entry. 

For the latest coronavirus information for applicants or offer holders please visit our COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

Information for offer holders for 2021 entry

I've applied for an undergraduate course at Leeds and received an offer. Will I be able to attend an applicant visit day?

If you are holding an offer at Leeds you should receive an invitation to an applicant virtual visit. These sessions give you a chance to find out more about your course and what it’s like to study at Leeds. You’ll also hear from both academic staff and current students.

How will the changes to this year’s exams affect my offer of a place?

Following the latest announcement that plans for this years A level and Scottish Higher Advanced exams have changed. Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught. We are fully committed to ensuring that our admissions processes are fair and that none of our applicants are disadvantaged by the changes to exams. We will stay in regular contact to keep you informed and information will be updated here.

If you are an international student and your exams have been cancelled, we will also take this into account and be flexible where possible.

What happens if I don’t meet the conditions of my offer?

If you miss the conditions of your offer, we have a process in place to consider this and you will not automatically be unsuccessful. For some courses we may be able to offer a small degree of flexibility if you have not met your conditions exactly. We want to reassure you that we are fully committed, as always, to ensuring that our admissions processes are fair and that none of our applicants are disadvantaged by the changes to exams. If the admissions team are not able to offer you a place on your original course they may decide to make you an offer for a similar alternative course instead; this is called a changed course offer. If this is not an option then unfortunately your offer will be made unsuccessful. If we cannot offer you a place and Leeds is your firm choice, your insurance choice will then check whether you have met their requirements instead. If Leeds is your insurance choice, you will enter UCAS Clearing. The latest information on your status can be found in UCAS Track.

Can I change the course I applied to?

A request to change course may be considered at the discretion of the relevant academic school(s), if there are places available and you meet the entry requirements. You can check which grades and subjects will be required for the new programme on Coursefinder. If you think you may be eligible, you will need to get in touch with the admissions team(s) responsible for the old and new courses to ask if they will consider your request. You can find their contact details on Coursefinder. Make sure you include your UCAS ID number and full name in your email so that they can find your application.

How can I find out what modules I will study?

Information about the modules currently available on each course can be found in our Coursefinder, though please be aware that modules may be subject to change from year to year.

Can I do a study year abroad or work placement year?

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to study abroad at one of our 300+ university partners worldwide or to take a placement year with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK or overseas. Where this is available, you will usually apply to the standard three year degree initially and will then extend your degree to include one of these options once you have started your course with us, although for a small number of courses it is possible to apply to a sandwich degree initially. Please check our Coursefinder to find out more about the opportunities available as part of your chosen course.

Information for prospective applicants 

How do I apply?

You must apply for an undergraduate degree course online via UCAS. It provides guidance on filling in your UCAS undergraduate application. You can also see our how to apply page for further information.

What grades do I need?

Entry requirements for all our undergraduate courses can be found in our Coursefinder. Further information on English language qualifications can be found on our international entry requirements page.

I'm not studying A-level, can I still apply to Leeds?

We welcome applicants with a variety of qualifications. For further information see our accepted UK and international qualifications.

I haven't got the grades, or don't think I'll achieve the required grades for my course; should I still apply?

At Leeds we recognise that not all applicants are able to demonstrate their talents and potential through grades alone.

We have an alternative admissions scheme that helps students from underrepresented groups have the chance to study at Leeds. This includes our Access to Leeds scheme which considers your personal circumstances and gives special consideration to applicants who meet the scheme eligibility criteria, and have the potential to succeed at university.

Do you offer foundation level programmes and extended degrees?

If you don’t have the formal qualifications for direct entry to one of our degree courses, you could apply for one of our extended degree courses. These begin with a preparatory foundation year to help you gain the necessary academic skills and knowledge to progress to the standard degree. We also offer a one year, part-time preparatory degree programme, Interdisciplinary Studies.

For international students, we have an International Foundation Year which is an essential preparatory year for students with high school qualifications that do not enable direct entry to bachelor’s degrees. For more information, see our international admissions qualifications page.

Do you accept General Studies and Critical Thinking?

Some of our courses may accept Critical Thinking and General Studies. Please refer to Coursefinder or search the UCAS website to see whether departments include these qualifications in their offers.

Do you accept the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)?

We accept the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), but it isn't a requirement of an offer. However, we appreciate it provides the opportunity for you to develop important research and academic skills.

For some courses we may make an alternative offer that involves successful completion of the Extended Project (for example, AAB plus A in the Extended Project as an alternative to AAA at A-Level). Please contact the relevant admissions team to find out more.

Do you take extenuating circumstances into account?

We advise that your school includes information about your mitigating circumstances in the reference that they write as part of your UCAS form and, where possible, expect that this should have been taken into consideration by the exam board so that any adjustments can be made at the point of assessment and marking. If you’d like to discuss your situation, please contact the admissions team for your course, using the contact details on the course page.

Can I apply for deferred entry?

We’re happy to receive applications for deferred entry, which can be submitted during your last year at school. We’d encourage you to use your personal statement to explain your reasons for taking a gap year.  

Please note that if you’re applying for deferred entry you’ll still need to meet any conditions of your offer by 31 August in the academic year in which you apply.

Will I have to attend an interview as part of the application process?

Some of our courses do require an interview such as Medicine, Midwifery and Social Work.  To find out more check the entry requirements for your chosen course on Coursefinder.

Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes, there are a number of scholarships available to undergraduate students at Leeds.

Can I arrange to visit the University?

We usually hold University open days and campus tours throughout the year. However, due to the current situation these events are taking place virtually. For further details please see our open days and visits page.

Can I transfer to Leeds from another university?

Most of our schools will consider requests to transfer onto a course from another university, You usually need to show that you have met the course's standard first year entry requirements, as well as be performing well in your current degree, which must be relevant to the new course. For further information, get in touch with the relevant admissions team using the contact details on the course page.