This policy relates to recruitment and admission to the Digital Education Service.
The main admissions principles and policies of the University of Leeds are outlined in the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy. The following policy highlights any variation or additional information to supplement the institutional policy.
This policy is for you if your chosen course has a start date between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023.
If your course has a start date between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, please read the Digital Education Service Taught Admissions Policy 2021-22 as this applies to you.
This policy is reviewed annually by the Service’s committees, and any amendments made after the point of publication will be summarised in the Version control section.
The Digital Education Service Taught Admissions Policy applies to the following courses:
- PCR-ODLC (Postgraduate Credits) online modules TP
- PCR-ENGCR-OD (Postgraduate Credits) Engineering Management (online) (16 months)
- PGC-ENGMN-OD (Postgraduate Certificate) Engineering Management (online)
- PCR-ENGMN-OD (Postgraduate Credits) Engineering Management (online) (48 months)
- MSC-ENGMN-OD (Masters) Engineering Management (online)
- PCR-AI/16-OD (Postgraduate Credits) Artificial Intelligence (online) (16 months)
- PGC-AI-OD (Postgraduate Certificate) Artificial Intelligence (online)
- PCR-AI/48-OD (Postgraduate Credits) Artificial Intelligence (online) (48 months)
- MSC-AI-OD (Masters) Artificial Intelligence (online)
Please see Coursefinder for modules studied, typical entry requirements, and accepted qualifications for each of our courses (except PCR-ODLC).
Exceptions to the typical academic requirements may be made when an applicant demonstrates significant relevant experience and their potential for benefiting from the course is clear. These requirements will be discussed with an Enrolment Advisor and considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Digital Education Service requires all applicants to provide proof of their identity at the point of application. Accepted forms of ID are:
- Passport photo page
- Driving licence
- National identity card
The Digital Education Service may accept applications from those who are seeking advanced entry but the decision will be at the discretion of the Programme Leader and Digital Education Service Head of Student Education.
If an applicant would like to apply for advanced entry, an Enrolment Advisor can provide further information based on the programme.
Application routes and deadlines
All applicants (except for PCR-ODLC) are encouraged to submit a Request for Information form through Coursefinder. Applicants will be contacted by a University of Leeds representative who will arrange a pre-application consultation call to assess the applicant’s eligibility.
If the applicant meets the programme’s application criteria, they will be invited to send any supporting documentation to the University representative who will prepare an application. The applicant will review and submit the application, and can track its progress using the applicant portal.
Application deadlines for each entry point can be found on Coursefinder.
All applicants for the PCR-ODLC programme will be eligible to apply for the programme upon successful completion of the relevant Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivered through one of our partner platforms.
Applicants will complete an admissions application form and submit any relevant documentation directly to the Digital Education Service. Initially, students will study one module via the partner platform. If students wish to continue their studies, a University of Leeds representative will contact them.
Application deadlines for PCR-ODLC modules will be available on the partner platform.
Age and safeguarding
In addition to the information relayed in the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, please note the Digital Education Service’s age and safeguarding considerations:
Our partner platforms allow anyone over the age of 13 to access study materials and the Digital Education Service will be responsible for any risk assessments and safeguarding which may become necessary. Applicants under 18 must provide the Parental Consent form by sending it to DESstudents@leeds.ac.uk.
Re-applications and former students of the University
The Digital Education Service considers applications from candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.
Deferral within the same academic year (entry between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023)
Applicants who wish to defer an offer of a place to a later entry point within the same academic year should make the request via their Enrolment Advisor. Applicants can only receive a maximum of three offers for the same programme within an academic year. This limits the applicant to their original choice of entry point and two subsequent entry points within the same academic year.
Deferral to the next academic year (entry between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024)
In line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, the Digital Education Service will not permit an applicant to request a deferral from one academic year to the next. Applicants will be required to submit a new application for the next academic year.
Academic grades normally form only one part of the final decision and the following sections give examples of how applicants may demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and attributes that we consider will enable them to become successful students on our degree courses.
The personal statement section of the application form helps us to assess the nature of the applicant’s interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. It is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject. We wish to hear about why you have chosen Leeds, what attracted you to the programme, and how it will help you to progress your career.
An applicant may be assessed based on the strength of their personal statement relative to others in their cohort, and/or based on criteria set by the Programme Leader.
Formal interviews do not form part of the Digital Education Service’s standard admissions process; however, in some cases, an applicant may be invited for an interview if it will help inform whether an offer should be made.
Digital Education Service representatives will conduct a pre-application consultation call with all prospective applicants but programme-specific interviews will only be undertaken when required by the teaching school. Suitably qualified candidates will be interviewed by telephone or online, and this process will be scripted to ensure equity across all applicants.
Other assessment methods
Relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications may be taken into account when an application is assessed.
Decisions and communications with applicants
Applicants will have regular contact with an Enrolment Advisor and any decisions will be communicated in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.
Unsuccessful applicants who wish to request feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application should do so in line with the Feedback section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section at the bottom of this page, or contact their Enrolment Advisor directly for further information. Generally, where applicants request feedback on why they have not been admitted, feedback will be given.
Appeals and complaints
As per the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, applicants who have sought feedback and wish to challenge the decision made on their application should contact the Digital Education Service Head of Student Education, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section of this page.
Useful contacts and resources
Admissions enquiries specific to the Digital Education Service should be directed as follows:
For all Digital Education Service admissions complaints and appeals, please contact the Head of Student Education, Dr Megan Kime:
Page published: 22 September 2021
Page last updated: 22 September 2021
Details of any amendments since first published: