This policy is for you if your chosen degree has a September 2021 start date.
You must also read the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, as both policies apply.
This faculty policy is reviewed annually by the faculty’s committees, and any amendments made after the point of publication will be summarised in the Version Control section.
Visit the Leeds University Business School website for a list of courses this policy applies to.
Please see the Leeds University Business School website for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted qualifications.
The Leeds University Business School recognises that some applicants may have studied a more flexible curriculum, where they have been able to progress through their educational development at an appropriate rate according to their ability. Where a Level 2 (for example, GCSE) or Level 3 (for example, A Level) qualification has been taken ‘early’ the academic reference should include the reasons for this so that it can be taken into consideration by the admissions team.
The Leeds University Business School does not accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.
Where academic requirements have not been met application information may be shared with the University’s Lifelong Learning Centre or International Foundation Year team for consideration for a Year 0 offer.
Documentation and references
The reference section of the application is carefully considered by the Leeds University Business School and is an important part of the selection process. For undergraduate referees, further information on writing the reference is available from UCAS.
Access to Leeds and Realising Opportunities
Extended degrees with Integrated Foundation Year
Where applicants do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, progression may be possible through one of the University’s extended degrees with foundation year. Please see the Lifelong Learning Centre website for details.
The Leeds University Business School will consider applications from the following seeking entry to the second year:
- Applicants under our formal articulation route from one of our recognised partners: Bellerbys and NCUK
- Applicants who hold the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma and are applying for advanced entry to BA Business Management, BA Business Management and Human Resource and BA Human Resource Management programmes.
All applications must be made through UCAS. Decision on such applications are made by the Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions team. Please see the Leeds University Business School applying webpages for typical entry requirements.
Entry onto Level 3 of the Leeds University Business School is not permitted.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Accredited prior learning (APL) is a process undertaken by the University in order to assess and, as appropriate, recognise prior experiential learning or prior certificated learning for academic purposes. For further information see the Advanced Entry section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.
Application routes and deadlines
All full-time undergraduate applications must be made through UCAS by 29 January 2021 (normally 15 January but extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The Leeds University Business School may consider applications submitted after this date, subject to places being available. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed on the UCAS website at the appropriate stage in the cycle.
The Leeds University Business School will consider applications from those who wish to transfer internally from other programmes at the University of Leeds, providing places are available. In order to be considered for a transfer, in the first instance students must consult the Undergraduate Admissions team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before proceeding. The entry requirements remain the same as our current standard Year 1 entry requirements. The student’s current university study will also be considered as part of the review process. Applications from within the University for Year 1 are processed internally and not through UCAS. The Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions team will only begin considering programme transfer requests from 1st May 2021 once the following academic year’s programme catalogue is made available.
The deadline by which to apply for transfer is 30 June 2021.
The deadline of the 30 June 2021 also applies to candidates holding a study offer outside of the Business School for entry in September 2021 who wish to change their Firm choice to the Business School.
Students wishing to be considered for second year entry should consult the Advanced Entry section above.
Contextual admissions schemes
The Leeds University Business School does not offer courses on a part-time basis.
Reapplications and former students of the University
The Leeds University Business School will consider applications from those who have previously applied to the institution and candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.
Candidates who have been withdrawn from their earlier studies due to academic failure may apply for re-entry to the University, but not to the same or a closely related programme of study where over half of the compulsory modules are identical. Candidates who previously left the University due to non-academic reasons, for example ill health or financial reasons, will not be subject to this condition.
When assessing applications from former students, all relevant factors will be considered, including previous study, and applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Applications from candidates who have been permanently excluded (expelled) from the University for disciplinary reasons and those who have been excluded under the Referred Student Procedure or for reasons of misconduct or fitness to train in a professionally-regulated discipline will be rejected.
Applicants who require a Student Visa and have previously studied at the University under Tier 4 or Student visa sponsorship will be subject to academic progression checks to ensure UKVI compliance.
Applicants should contact the Leeds University Business School at email@example.com for further information.
The Leeds University Business School will consider applications from those who are re-taking examinations prior to entering the University. We will consider applicants with a maximum of one year of resits.
Applicants re-sitting any part of a qualification should make this clear on their UCAS application form under the section "5B - Qualifications not yet completed or certificated".
Typically we expect candidates to have completed their A-Level or equivalent qualifications over three years in total (though not necessarily consecutively). If this has not been the case, then we advise that the academic referee provides further information as to reasons for this within their reference on the UCAS form.
Applicants must typically meet the conditions set by the University by 31 August of the application year unless otherwise stated in the prescribed course or professional body requirements, even if the offer is deferred for entry to the following application year. Applicants whose results will not be sent to the University via UCAS are encouraged to send evidence of their results to the school admissions office as soon as possible.
The Leeds University Business School may not be able to confirm a place in the upcoming academic cycle following an improved final grade after a re-mark.
Applications from those who have not quite met the required grades may be reviewed and their places may be confirmed if there are places still available on their chosen course. Applicants will usually receive the same level of flexibility regardless of their year of entry, however any decision on confirming those who have not met the requirements of their offer will be at the discretion of the Leeds University Business School.
The Leeds University Business School will consider applications for deferred entry and encourages such applicants to make use of the personal statement section of the application form to explain their reasons for requesting deferral.
Applicants who wish to defer following the submission of their application are required to do so prior to the confirmation of a place.
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.
Some applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on their chosen course may be passed to admissions teams for other courses in which the applicant may be interested.
The personal statement 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. Please see the ‘Writing your personal statement’ section on the Leeds University Business School undergraduate applying webpage.
Interviews do not form part of the Leeds University Business School’s standard admissions process; however, in some cases, an applicant may be invited for an interview if it will help inform whether or not an offer should be made. Applicants will be invited to discuss further their motivations for studying, interest in the subject and capacity and commitment to study at undergraduate level. Such applicants will also be asked to provide a recent piece of academic writing, or may be given an essay title to complete prior to interview.
Interviews will be conducted on-campus at the Leeds University Business School in most cases. Where possible the Leeds University Business School will accommodate requests for alternative interview dates, however an alternative cannot be guaranteed. Offers will be subject to a successful interview and assessment of written work.
Other assessment methods
Please note, some applicants to the Leeds University Business School, such as mature students, may be requested to provide a piece of written work and/or undertake a test as part of the admissions process. Further details will be provided to the applicant as required.
Decisions and communications with applicants
Please refer to the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy for information on how decisions will be communicated by the University.
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 above policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section below. Generally, where applicants request feedback on why they have not been admitted, feedback will be given via email.
Leeds University Business School will not enter into discussion relating to the outcome of individual applications with anyone other than the applicant themselves, unless the applicant provides written permission for the Business School to discuss this with another person (e.g. a parent), or has provided the name of a nominated person on the application form. This policy is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of May 2018.
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 Faculty Admissions Manager, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section below.
Useful contacts and resources
For general enquiries and information relating to courses and admission to the University of Leeds, applicants should contact the Admissions Enquiries Team:
Admissions enquiries specific to Leeds University Business School should be directed to the Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions Team:
For all Leeds University Business School admissions complaints and appeals please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, Susan Waterson:
Page published: 27 August 2020
Page last updated: 12 January 2021
Details of any amendments since first published:
- The UCAS deadline was amended from 15 January 2021 to 29 January 2021 in the Application routes and deadlines section to reflect an extension granted by UCAS due to the COVID-19 pandemic.