Entry Requirements

University Centre

Entry Requirements


Please check individual higher education courses for specific entry requirements.

Unless a course states otherwise, the minimum grades required to take Foundation Degrees are usually:

  • a relevant A-Level at a grade E, plus three GCSE's at a grade C or above (grade 4 if taken from 2017) which must include English Language*
  • OR a relevant Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OR another relevant full level 3 qualifications such as an NVQ, VTCT etc
  • OR a relevant Access to Higher Education Diploma

*or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and no less than 5.5 in any one pathway is required.

For some courses GCSE Mathematics or an equivalent is also a requirement – check individual courses for details.

Please note, applicants for 2019/20 entry are likely to receive offers asking for higher grades than the stated minimum requirements.

Mature Applicants

We welcome applications from those who have few formal qualifications but a wealth of work and life experience, commitment and ability in the field that they are applying for. Applicants in this group may be invited to interview or asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

However, don’t worry if you don’t meet specific entry requirements as there are other ways to progress to the University Centre Leeds – why not check out our Access to Higher Education courses to find out more!

All Applicants:

All students must demonstrate before starting the course that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course. Students are also made aware that it may be a requirement of progression on to a top up degree that they have both English and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or grade 4 (if taken from 2017). Students who do not have these qualifications have the opportunity to gain them whilst at the University Centre Leeds.

Candidates applying for a place on a top up programme will need to have passed all modules of a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

The centre actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please contact us for further details on 0113 2162406 or headmissions@leedscitycollege.ac.uk