How to apply

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To apply for an undergraduate course you must submit an application form through UCAS. You will need to make a note of the UCAS course code, listed in the key facts on our course pages, as well as our institution code, L23.

All applications received by 26 January 2022 will receive equal consideration. Applications received between 27 January and 30 June will be considered at our discretion and subject to places remaining available. 

Access to Leeds

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their capability through their grades alone. This could be due to an applicant’s personal circumstances, or factors relating to their prior education.

After assessment, these applicants may be made a lower grade offer alongside the completion of an Access to Leeds module in the summer, and will receive additional support and guidance throughout their time at the University.

Please see the Access to Leeds website for more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Transfer into Level 1

Any student wishing to transfer internally onto one of our programmes must submit their request to the Admissions Team after 1 May and before the deadline of the 30 June in the year they wish to commence study with us. The entry requirements remain the same as our current standard Year 1 entry requirements.

This applies to candidates wishing to transfer after completing Level 1 of another University of Leeds programme (whose current University study will be considered as part of the review process) and also those holding a study offer at the University but who wish to change their Firm Choice programme to a Business School programme. Applications from within the University for Year 1 are processed internally and not through UCAS.

Entry into Level 2

In general, we do not accept applications for advanced entry. All applications must be made to the first year (Level 1). The two exceptions are as follows:

Direct entry: Applicants from one of our recognised partners Bellerbys and NCUK can apply for advanced entry under our formal articulation route. 

Click on the links below to see the typical entry requirements for direct entry students applying for 2022 entry.

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma: holders of the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma may be considered for advanced entry to BA Business Management, BA Business Management and Human Resource and BA Human Resource Management programmes. See our entry requirements for Singapore for more details.

Deferred entry 

We will consider applications for deferred entry to 2023 entry for the following courses: 

  • BSc Banking and Finance
  • BA Business Management and the Human Resource 
  • BSc International Business
  • BSc International Business and Finance 
  • BSc International Business and Marketing
  • BA Human Resource Management

We encourage 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 requested to do so prior to the confirmation of a place. 

We will not consider applications for deferred entry to 2023 entry for the following courses:

  • BSc Accounting and Finance      
  • BSc Business Economics
  • BA Business Management  
  • BA Business Management with Marketing
  • BSc Economics  
  • BSc Economics and Finance


We will consider applications from those who have previously applied to the University of Leeds or who have previously studied here in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy. Applicants with queries after reading the Policy should contact Leeds University Business School at  

Before you apply

Firstly you should review our entry requirements for your chosen course including the Maths and English Language requirements. Before you submit your UCAS application you should also check the following:

  • You have completed all sections of the UCAS application form
  • You meet the Maths and/or English Language requirements for your chosen programme or will do from qualifications you are currently studying
  • You have fully listed your achieved academic qualifications including subjects, dates and grades
  • There are no unexplained gaps in your academic history
  • Your academic reference is from your current or most recent institution, ensuring they include predicted grades where available
  • You have detailed your work experience in the relevant section of the UCAS application form (particularly in the case of mature candidates).

Writing your personal statement

The personal statement on your UCAS form helps us to assess the nature of your interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. Read our hints and tips from Eric Holland from our admissions team for ideas on what to include. UCAS also gives advice about writing a personal statement.

We understand that you want to get your application to university just right. To help you make the most of your 4,000 characters, we have written 8 ways to help you perfect your UK university application

Eric Holland, Admissions team

UCAS terms explained

The UCAS glossary of terms will help you to understand the application process.

Will I be invited to an interview?

Interviews do not form part of our standard admissions process; however, some applicants, such as mature students, may be invited for an interview and asked to provide an example of academic writing to help inform whether an offer should be made. Details will be provided to applicants in advance. Offers will be subject to a successful interview and assessment of any written work.

Will I receive an offer?

Courses at Leeds University Business School receive a high volume of applications relative to the places available (typically over 15 per place), this means that we cannot extend an offer to all applicants. Offer decisions are made based on an overall review of applications including predicted grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information.

Applications may be unsuccessful based on an overall assessment or for specific reasons such as:

  • An incomplete UCAS form
  • Grades achieved after an unacceptable number of re-sits – typically we expect candidates to have completed their A-level or equivalent qualifications in 3 years total (though not necessarily consecutively)
  • Unacceptable vocational qualifications presented in lieu of A-level qualifications (see equivalent qualifications for further information on the combinations we accept)
  • Failure to respond to a request for more information before the given deadline (where information is missing from the application form or additional clarification is needed, an email request for this information will be sent to the email address provided in the UCAS application)
  • Low predicted or achieved grades
  • Poor personal statement (see personal statement hints and tips on what to include). 

Please note that meeting, or being predicted to meet, the academic entry criteria does not automatically result in an offer being made.

Application decisions 

We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses. To ensure that we treat all applications fairly, we may sometimes put your application on hold before making a final decision.  

This is a normal part of our process and may mean you have to wait a little longer to hear from us.  

Why might my application be put on hold? 
We sometimes put applications on hold to make sure that we don’t make too many offers for your course before the UCAS deadline. This means that all applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration.  

This also helps us to ensure we get the planned number of students on your course, giving you the high quality of student experience that you expect from Leeds. 

Will this affect my other UCAS applications? 
If we put your application to Leeds on hold, this will not affect your other applications. You should reply to your offers only when you have received all your decisions. Other universities will not change their offers if you are awaiting a decision from another institution. You can find key dates for the entire application process on the UCAS website

Confirmation of results

Offer holders who meet or exceed offer conditions at the initial release of qualification results will receive confirmation of acceptance.

For applicants whose initial results do not meet their offer conditions, due to capacity constraints it may not always be possible to confirm a place in the upcoming academic cycle following a successful re-mark or appeal that leads to offer conditions being met. In this situation, applicants will be offered a deferred place.

Admissions policy

Please see our Taught Admissions Policy.