Undergraduate Admissions Policy - School of Healthcare 2021-22

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.

If your degree has a September 2020 start date, read the School of Healthcare undergraduate admissions policy 2020 or School of Healthcare apprenticeship admissions policy 2020

This 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.

The School of Healthcare Admissions Policy applies to the following courses: 

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) B700 
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child) B730 
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) B760 
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery B720 
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work L500 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Please see the Faculty of Medicine and Health website for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted alternative qualifications.

The School of Healthcare 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 School of Healthcare does not accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English for direct entry requirements. It will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English for internal transfers from University of Leeds Lifelong Learning Centre and International Foundation Year.

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.

Non-academic requirements

In order to gain admittance to all undergraduate courses provided by the School of Healthcare applicants must also pass the Disclosure Barring Service and Fitness to Practice Occupational Health Assessment.

Documentation and references


Please visit the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.


The reference section of the application is carefully considered by the School of Healthcare 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

Eligible Access to Leeds and Realising Opportunities candidates will be considered for an alternative offer. However, please see the Faculty of Medicine and Health website for the minimum requirements that will usually apply to any alternative offer made.

  • Midwifery will require B in A Level Biology.  

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.

Advanced entry

Providing places are available, the School of Healthcare will consider applications from those who are seeking entry to the second year. Each applicant will be reviewed on an individual basis.  

All applications must be made through UCAS, as per the deadlines outlined in the Application routes and deadlines section that follows. To be eligible the applicant must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:  

  • Meet first year requirements, as detailed on Course Search
  • Have met the learning outcomes of year 1 of the relevant programme 
  • Have achieved a minimum 60% average in the first year of study. 

Decision on such applications are made by the Programme Manager.  

Entry onto Level 3 of programmes in the School of Healthcare is not permitted.

Accreditation of Prior Learning 

Accredited prior learning (APL) is a process undertaken by the University 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 process

Application routes and deadlines

Undergraduate applications

All full-time undergraduate applications must be made through the online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by 29 January 2021 (normally 15 January but extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The School of Healthcare may consider applications submitted after this date. Availability of courses in UCAS Extra will be detailed by UCAS at the appropriate stage in the cycle. 

Higher and degree apprenticeships 

All applications for the nursing degree apprenticeship programmes must be made directly through the NHS jobs website.

The School of Healthcare takes a partnership approach with selection and recruitment with its NHS partners. Applications received after the closing date may not be considered. 

Internal transfers 

The School of Healthcare will consider applications from those who wish to transfer internally from other undergraduate programmes at the University of Leeds. Applicants are expected to meet the standard academic entry requirements and to successfully complete the interview process. For Nursing and Midwifery programmes, this includes a numeracy test and digital literacy assessment. For Social Work programmes it includes a written assessment.

Requests are made via a change of programme form to be submitted in line with standard UCAS submission dates. Students wishing to be considered for second year entry should consult the preceding Advanced entry section. 

Contextual admissions schemes

The University of Leeds offers a number of alternative routes in order to widen access to higher education. 

For further details of our Access to Leeds (A2L) and Realising Opportunities schemes see the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Alternative Entry Scheme for mature applicants 

As per the information detailed in the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy the School of Healthcare will consider prospective students via the Alternative Entry Scheme run by the Lifelong Learning Centre. Where appropriate, applicants will be referred to the Centre, which will advise the applicant further.  

Part-time study

The School of Healthcare does not offer courses on a part-time basis.

Age and safeguarding

In addition to the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, please note that all of the School of Healthcare undergraduate programmes require that an applicant is over 18 years old at the start of the programme. 

Criminal convictions

All of the School of Healthcare undergraduate programmes may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. As a result, applicants to these courses will be required to declare a criminal conviction at the application stage in order that certain checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service can be undertaken. Admission may not be possible where satisfactory results are not achieved. The University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process where such checks are required.

The School of Healthcare is obliged to refuse admission to applicants for certain courses which are regulated by national or statutory bodies where enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks reveal prior criminal behaviour giving rise to concern for the protection of the public.

It should be noted that an applicant or offer-holder is required to disclose a criminal offence and failure to do this will generally be considered a very serious matter and is likely to lead to their application being rejected, their offer being withdrawn or, if they have registered as a student, their registration at the University being revoked.

Having a prior criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from joining the University; this may depend, for example, on the nature, timing and relevance of the criminal offence in question. The University may request further information about the nature or context of an applicant or offer-holder’s criminal record.

Reapplications and former students of the University

The School of Healthcare will consider applications from those who have previously applied to the institution.

The School of Healthcare considers applications from candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.


The School of Healthcare will consider applications from those who are re-taking examinations prior to entering the University. 


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.  

The School of Healthcare may not be able to confirm a place in the upcoming academic cycle following an improved final grade after a re-mark, however applicants may be offered a deferred place or be asked to reapply.  

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 academic school. 

Deferral requests

The School of Healthcare will consider applications for deferred entry. 

Applicants who wish to defer following the submission of their application are required to do so prior to the confirmation of a place.  

Applicants who request deferral for more than one academic year will be required to reapply. Such candidates should be aware that no guarantee can be given that another offer will be made and that the conditions of any future offer may differ to those of the original. 

Applicant assessment

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. 

Please note, the application forms of those 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. 

Personal statements

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. We wish to hear about: 

  • Why you have chosen this specific profession, what led you to this decision? This is an essential aspect of the personal statement that demonstrates motivation, insight and understanding of your chosen course. State clearly which course you are applying for. 
  • A summary of work-related skills gained through study, work experience, volunteering or paid employment demonstrating the experiences you have that could be transferable to your chosen career (specific communication skills, time management, problem solving etc.) 
  • An understanding of and an ability to appreciate the needs of others and evidence of demonstrating care and compassion 
  • How will your experiences so far help you to be successful both as student and in your chosen career? This needs to be written reflectively.

Applicants are shortlisted against agreed criteria and they must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme at application or within the admission cycle. The academic background of the applicant plus the personal statement on the UCAS form helps us to assess the nature of the applicant’s interest in their chosen profession and is an important part of the selection process. Additionally the reference provided on the UCAS form must be supportive of the applicant. The School of Healthcare will only shortlist based on the information supplied on the form at the time of submission.  


In the School of Healthcare, applicants to all our programmes will be required to attend an interview.  

Depending on the programme, the School of Healthcare conducts either an individual face-to-face or small group interview. This provides a method of assessing knowledge and understanding and important personal qualities that are essential for our professional programmes of study.

We need to take into account professionally relevant legal/regulatory requirement stipulations (Nursing and Midwifery Council) which ensure that our approach to interviewing is consistent with Values Based Recruitment initiatives.

Interviews are scheduled as flexibly as possible to enable applicants to attend. This includes, where possible, providing adequate notice (usually at least two weeks); if requested, offering applicants an alternative interview date. A revised interview date may not be offered if the applicant fails to attend an interview without informing the university in advance. 

Some applicants, such as those who are disabled or those who are pregnant, may require adjustments to their interview to provide them with full and equal access to the process. Once a candidate has formally informed the School of Healthcare, we are responsible for making reasonable adjustments where possible. The University’s Disability Services team should be consulted for further advice or information regarding disability related adjustments (email disability@leeds.ac.uk) and the Equality and Inclusion Unit for advice on other adjustments (email equality@leeds.ac.uk). 

Skype interviews 

The School of Healthcare may conduct Skype interviews if appropriate; for example, for applicants who are in other parts of the world and not able to travel to the School of Healthcare. In some cases, legal or regulatory requirements may mean this option is not available. Skype interviews will follow the same principles and guidance as face-to-face interviews.

Other assessment methods

A numeracy test is required for BSc (Hons) Nursing Adult, Child and Mental Health and Midwifery programmes. This is to ensure that applicants are sufficiently numerate to be able to meet the pass requirements of the pharmacology modules to facilitate the safe administration of medicines once qualified. In the invitation to interview email, applicants are provided with examples of the type and style of questions within the numeracy test to help them prepare.

Applicants for the Social Work programme will be asked to complete a written assessment. All applicants will also have their digital literacy skills assessed.

In the invite to interview email, applicants are asked to inform us if they have a disability such as dyslexia or dyscalculia that may require some reasonable adjustment to complete the assessments.

Higher and degree apprenticeship application assessment

Shortlisting and interviewing is a shared process between the employing organisation and the School of Healthcare. It will follow the principles of Values Based Recruitment.

Undergraduate assessment methods

As outlined in the Contextual admissions schemes section, the School of Healthcare will consider prospective students via the Alternative Entry Scheme run by the Lifelong Learning Centre.

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 that follows. 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 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: 

Phone: +44 (0)113 343 2336
Email: study@leeds.ac.uk
Web: www.leeds.ac.uk/undergraduate

Admissions enquiries specific to the School of Healthcare should be directed to the School of Healthcare Admissions Team: 

Email: admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk 

For all Faculty of Medicine and Health admissions complaints and appeals please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, Sarah Whiteley: 

Email: s.l.whiteley@adm.leeds.ac.uk

Version control

Page published: 21 August 2020
Page last updated: 9 April 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. 
  • Name of Equality Policy Unit changed to Equality and Inclusion Unit