How to apply

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This guidance applies to undergraduate courses offered by Leeds University Business School for 2024 entry.

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 31 January 2024 will receive equal consideration. Applications received between 1 February and 30 June will be considered at our discretion and subject to places remaining available. 

Ready to apply? Read our application top tips.

Alternative Entry

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.

Alternative Entry Scheme for mature applications

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

Transfers and advanced entry

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. The ability to transfer is subject to available capacity on the desired programme.

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 partner NCUK can apply for advanced entry under our formal articulation route. 

Click on the link below to see the typical entry requirements for direct entry students applying for 2023 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 not consider applications for deferred entry to 2025 entry for any of our courses.

It will not be possible to request deferral to 2025 entry once a place for 2024 is confirmed.

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 application top tips from Eric Holland, Undergraduate Admissions Team Leader, 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.

Applicant assessment

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 or achieved grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information (for example, first in family to go into higher education, noted disabilities, etc.).

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). We will consider applicants with a maximum of one resit per qualification
  • 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 in the Business School. The number of applicants exceeds the number of places available and so, to ensure that we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we review applications after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision.

This is a normal part of our process for these courses and may mean applicants have to wait longer than usual to hear from us. We aim to make decisions on all applications received by 31 January by the end of March. However, in some instances, it may take longer for a decision to be made.

Offer decisions are made based on an overall review of applications including predicted or achieved grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information (for example, first in family to go into higher education, noted disabilities, etc.).

Confirmation of results

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

Admissions policy

Please see the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Contact us

Leeds University Business School Undergraduate Admissions