Apply for a Business Degree Course

Information to help with your application

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How to apply

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 15 January 2018 will receive equal consideration. International applications received after this date up to 30 June 2018 will be considered, subject to places remaining available.

Access to Leeds (A2L)

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 ( by the deadline of the 30 June in the year they wish to commence study with us.

This applies to candidates wishing to transfer after completing Level 1 of another University programme and also those holding a study offer at the University but who wish to change their Firm Choice programme to a Business School programme. Please see our Admissions Policy for further clarification. 

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:

Applicants from one of our recognised partner institutions may apply for advanced entry under our formal articulation route. 


Holders of the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma may be considered for advanced entry to BA Management. See our entry requirements for Singapore for more details.

Advice and guidance on your application

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 for ideas on what to include. UCAS also gives advice about writing a personal statement.

UCAS terms explained

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

Will I receive an offer?

Offers are made based on an overall review of the application. We will be looking at your predicted grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, the personal statement and work experience.

The application submitted should be fully completed, including details of all previous qualifications, and an up-to-date reference from the most recent academic institution, along with predicted grades. Personal statements should be thoughtfully constructed, well written, of the appropriate length and relevant to the subject applied for.

Leeds University Business School receives approximately 10 applications for every place available, which unfortunately means that we have to disappoint some candidates. An application may be rejected for one of the reasons below, or based ultimately on its overall quality.

Potential reasons for rejection:

  • Grades achieved after an unacceptable number of re-sits – typically we expect candidates to have completed their A-level or equivalent qualifications within 3 consecutive years (see our Undergraduate Business School Admissions Policy)
  • Entry qualifications were taken a number of years ago
  • 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 grades
  • Poor personal statement (See personal statement hints and tips on what to include).

Please note that meeting the academic entry criteria does not automatically result in an offer being made. 

Feedback on an unsuccessful application

Unsuccessful applicants may wish to request feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application. All requests for feedback must be made in writing to the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor and signed by the applicant. (See section 3.2 of the Business School Undergraduate Admissions Policy)