Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry to Leeds University Business School applicants should have successfully completed High School and obtained their High School leaving certificate (in England and Wales this would be education to GCSE and A-level standard).

Please be aware we do not accept applications for advanced entry into Level 2 or Level 3. All applications must be made to the first year (Level 1). The only exception is for those applicants applying for advanced entry into Level 2 through a formal articulation route with one of our recognised partner institutions.

The typical entry requirements for each of our undergraduate courses are detailed below in accordance with our admissions policy.

A-level

Below are the GCSE and A-level requirements for each of our undergraduate courses for 2017 entry. Details of courses commencing in 2016 can be seen here.

Course A-level GCSE
BSc Accounting and Finance AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc Banking and Finance AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc Business Analytics AAB (including Maths or Statistics) English Language: B
BSc Business Economics AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc Economics AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc Economics and Finance AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc Economics and Management AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BA Human Resource Management AAB in any subject Maths: C and English Language: B
BSc International Business AAA in any subject Maths: C and English Language: B
BSc International Business and Finance AAA in any subject Maths: A and English Language: B
BSc International Business and Marketing AAA in any subject Maths: B and English Language: B
BA Management AAB in any subject Maths: B and English Language: B
BA Management and the Human Resource AAB in any subject Maths: C and English Language: B
BA Management with Marketing AAA in any subject Maths: B and English Language: B

Please note:

  • A-level requirements exclude General Studies, Critical Thinking and the Extended Project.
  • If you have a B in GCSE English Literature we will accept a C in GCSE English Language. Alternatively if you have completed English Language or English Literature at AS-level, we will accept these at Grade C or above if your GCSE Grades do not meet our requirements.
  • Where the course of study requires a GCSE Maths Grade A or B, Core Maths will be accepted in lieu at Grades A and B respectively. Core Maths will not be accepted in lieu of A-level Maths.
  • If you do not meet our minimum GCSE Maths requirements we will accept an AS-level in Maths or Use of Maths at Grade C or above.
  • Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
Other qualifications

Visit our equivalent qualifications page to check our entry requirements for the qualifications in your country. We will also consider applicants who have taken the qualifications below.


AAT Diploma (Level 3)

We welcome applications from candidates offering the AAT Level 3 Diploma alongside two or more A-levels (excluding Accounting, General Studies and Critical Thinking). A minimum of one of these A-levels must be an academic A-level.

For degrees requiring AAA at A-level: typically a Pass would be required in the AAT Diploma, alongside AA at A-level.

For degrees requiring AAB at A-level: typically a Pass would be required in the AAT Diploma, alongside AB at A-level.

If the AAT Diploma is being taken in conjunction with BTEC(s) please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Business)

We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+ at the start of the undergraduate programme) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education (for example, an applicant who has left school after completing GCSEs).

Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit.

Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme - GCSE qualifications must not be over 10 years old.

Please note, all who apply with the Access to Higher Education Diploma are interviewed and must present a recent piece of academic writing for review.

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: Grade B in A-level Mathematics.

Applied A-levels

We welcome applications from candidates offering Applied A-levels. However, we ask that a minimum of 1 academic A-level is taken alongside the Applied subjects (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). For programmes requiring AAB we will ask for the higher grade(s) from the academic A-level(s).

AQA Level 3 Applied Extended Certificate

For degrees requiring AAA at A-level: Applicants offering an AQA Level 3 Applied Extended Certificate must obtain a Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Please note, we do not accept the Applied Certificate for entry to the Business School.

If the degree you are interested in requires AAB at A-level please contact the Admissions Team at ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information.

BA Interdisciplinary Studies (PHE)

We welcome applications from University of Leeds BA Interdisciplinary Studies which is a part time programme designed for Mature candidates who do not meet standard entry requirements, but are keen to enter Higher Education as part of our commitment to inclusion and widening participation.

Candidates from this programme wishing to join a Business School Undergraduate Degree must achieve an overall DISTINCTION in the BA Interdisciplinary Studies which should include the People in Society module.

The standard GCSE Maths and English grade requirements apply (please check the entry requirements for your chosen programme).  Candidates will be considered with a GCSE grade C in English Language, but will be expected to submit an assignment in order to determine their abilities in this subject.

Candidates will be expected to re-sit Maths and English GCSEs alongside their Foundation programme where the grades are unacceptable or the results are over 10 years old.

All candidates are expected to present a personal statement demonstrating motivation for, and an understanding of their chosen subject. The statement should also give details of experience supporting or relating to a future in Business. The candidate's experience, aspiration and commitment to the subject will be discussed at interview.

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: Grade B in A-level Mathematics.

BTEC

Whichever Level 3 BTEC qualification you are currently studying, if the degree you are interested in requires AAB at A-level please contact the Admissions Team at ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information.

Please also contact us for advice if you are undertaking any of the new BTEC National qualifications (first teaching September 2017).

The equivalences for degrees requiring AAA at A-level are stated below.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 Units)

Applicants offering a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 Units) must obtain a Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

BTEC Diploma (9 Units)
Applicants offering a BTEC Diploma (9 Units) must obtain Distinction, Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

BTEC Diploma (12 Units)
Applicants offering a BTEC Diploma (12 Units) must obtain a minimum of Distinction, Distinction alongside 1 academic A-level at Grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Please note at least 6 Units must be in a Business related subject. For applicants offering 12 Units in non-business related subjects we will require 2 A-levels at Grade A (minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business (18 Units)
Applicants offering the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business (18 Units) must obtain a minimum of Distinction, Distinction alongside 1 academic A-level at Grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). For the BA Management programme (ONLY) we will accept the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (an academic A-level is not required). 

BTEC Extended National Diploma in Non-Business (18 Units)
Applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma in a subject other than Business (18 Units) must obtain 1 Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: Grade B in A-level Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U

For degrees requiring AAA at A-level: D3, D3, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for further advice.

For degrees requiring AAB at A-level: D3, M1, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for further advice.

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: M1 in Mathematics

Cambridge Technicals

Whichever Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technical qualification you are currently studying, if the degree you are interested in requires AAB at A-level please contact the Admissions Team at ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information.

The equivalences for degrees requiring AAA at A-level are stated below.

Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

Applicants offering a Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma must obtain a Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

Applicants offering a Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma must obtain Distinction, Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

Cambridge Technical Diploma

Applicants offering a Cambridge Technical Diploma must obtain a minimum of Distinction, Distinction alongside 1 academic A-level at Grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). Please note at least 6 Units must be in a Business-related subject. For applicants offering 12 Units in non-business related subjects we will require 2 A-levels at Grade A (minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business

Applicants offering the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business must obtain a minimum of Distinction, Distinction alongside 1 academic A-level at Grade A (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). For the BA Management programme (ONLY) we will accept the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (an academic A-level is not required). 

Cambridge Technical Extended National Diploma in Non-Business (18 Units)

Applicants offering a Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in a subject other than Business must obtain 1 Distinction alongside 2 A-levels at Grade A (a minimum of 1 academic A-level is required; excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking). 

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: Grade B in A-level Mathematics

European Baccalaureate

For degrees requiring AAA at A-level: Applicants must obtain a minimum of 8.5 (85%) overall with a minimum of 7.0 (70%) in English Language and Maths. For those candidates who meet our Maths and English requirements through another qualification a 7.0 (70%) will not be required within the European Baccalaureate.

For degrees requiring AAB at A-level: Applicants must obtain a minimum of 8.0 (80%) overall with a minimum of 7.0 (70%) in English Language and Maths. For those candidates who meet our Maths and English requirements through another qualification a 7.0 (70%) will not be required within the European Baccalaureate.

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: 8 in Mathematics or 7.5 in Advanced Mathematics.

Foundation Degrees

Unfortunately, we do not accept Foundation Degrees for entry onto our degree programmes.

Foundation Years (non-International)

We will consider UK University Foundation Years on a case-by-case basis. Due to time constraints we are unable to pre-assess a Foundation Year for entry onto our degree programmes. All Foundation Years will be assessed upon application via the UCAS system, as will the candidate's previous qualifications and grades. Candidates must ensure they meet the minimum Maths and English Language requirements for their chosen programme.

For advice on International Foundation Years please see the relevant section below.

Higher National Diploma/Certificate

Unfortunately, we do not consider Higher National Certificates (HNC) or Higher National Diplomas (HND) for entry onto our degree programmes.

IFS Certificate in Financial Studies

Unfortunately, we do not accept the IFS Certificate for entry onto our degree programmes.

IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We welcome applications from candidates offering the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies alongside two or more A-levels (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) - a minimum of one of these A-levels must be an academic A-level.

For degrees requiring AAA at A-level: typically a grade A would be required in the IFS Diploma, alongside AA at A-level. If the IFS Diploma is being taken in conjunction with BTEC(s) please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information. 

For degrees requiring AAB at A-level: typically a grade B would be required in the IFS Diploma, alongside AA at A-level. If the IFS Diploma is being taken in conjunction with BTEC(s) please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk for equivalency information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

For degrees requiring AAA or AAB at A-level: 35 points overall including 5 in Maths (Studies, Standard or Higher Level) and English (Standard or Higher Level), with 17 points from Higher Level subjects. For those candidates who meet our Maths and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.

Additional requirements:

BSc Business Analytics: 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate (IBCC)

We welcome applications from candidates offering the IBCC, however these are assessed on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of the application. Should you require further information before applying please contact ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

International Foundation Years

We accept a range of International Foundation Years. Candidates must ensure they meet the minimum Maths requirement for their chosen programme or be taking an appropriate Maths module within their Foundation Year. A numeracy module would not be sufficient to meet our Maths requirements. Typically we expect candidates to achieve 70%+ in an appropriate Business-related Foundation Year. Due to time constraints we are unable to pre-assess a Foundation Year for entry onto our degree programmes. All Foundation Years will be assessed upon application via the UCAS system. A separate English Language qualification is required.

Find out more about the Leeds International Foundation Year.

NVQs

We do not accept NVQ qualifications in lieu of A-levels for entry onto our degree programmes.

University-level study

We do not accept University-level study in lieu of our published Level 1 entry requirements for entry onto our degree programmes.

Please be aware we do not accept applications for advanced entry into Level 2 or Level 3. All applications must be made to the first year (Level 1). The only exception is for those applicants applying for advanced entry into Level 2 through a formal articulation route with one of our recognised partner institutions.

If your qualification isn't listed above or on our equivalent qualifications page, please email our admissions office at ugenq@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

English language requirements

All prospective Business School students need English Language GCSE/IGCSE grade B or higher (but we will accept a grade C if you have a B in GCSE English Literature).

If you do not hold an English Language GCSE/IGCSE and English is not your first language we will accept a recognised English language qualification.

Foundation programmes

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UK / EU students

If you are from the UK or EU and do not have a formal qualification for immediate entry onto a degree programme within the Business School you may be able to achieve your ambitions through the BSc Business Studies with Foundation Year programme.

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International students

International students who are academically able but do not yet have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate course may be able to consider an International Foundation Programme.

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