Widening access

2 students studying in Laidlaw library representing Widening Participation students.

At the University of Leeds we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to realise their potential.

The School of Medicine actively engages with schools, partner institutions and community groups to help support people from a range of backgrounds and all ages gain access to higher education.

We aim to raise aspirations, bring pupils onto campus to experience university and support student volunteers going into schools.

Access to Leeds

Access to Leeds is an undergraduate widening access scheme that allows us to identify the best possible applicants regardless of their background.

We understand that A-level grades alone are not a sufficient indicator of an >applicant's ability or their likelihood to succeed on our MBChB course. If you are eligible for the scheme your application will receive special consideration from admissions tutors.

If you then go on to complete the Access to Leeds programme and receive a course offer you will be eligible for an Access to Leeds offer, which is typically two grades below the standard entry requirements for your course.

Interdisciplinary Sciences foundation programme

The BSc Interdisciplinary Science programme is a full-time, one year course that allows you to prepare for degree-level study and gain the necessary academic competence required for entry to the degree programme. If you successfully complete the year you can apply for internal transfer to our MBChB.

Admission is not guaranteed and applicants are selected using academic and non-academic criteria. Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 70% and a minimum score of 70% in Chemistry 1 and 2 is required.

Widening Access to Medical School

Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS) is a project run by medical students intended to encourage prospective students from a wide range of backgrounds to submit applications to the University. It is hoped that this approach will ultimately lead to the training of doctors who are representative of the communities they serve.

WAMS achieve their aim through:

  • Mentoring – WAMS provide sixth-formers with medical student mentors who give advice on a one-to-one basis about how to get into medical school. Mentoring takes place largely through the Brightside Trust's Bright Journals website.
  • Presentations – WAMS present at specific schools and colleges and have links with Education Liaison Services within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and jointly organise presentations to year 9 and 10 students.
  • WAMS website – developed in order to disseminate our knowledge and expertise beyond the Yorkshire area.
  • Primary School Initiative – a programme designed to raise the aspirations of primary school children in the local area through interactive games, workshops and tours of the University.

Our new Gateway Year to Medicine

As part of our commitment to opening up access to Medical education for students from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible, we’ve developed our new Gateway Year to Medicine. This course will prepare you for our MBChB, refining your skills and scientific knowledge. You can find out mroe about what the course includes, whether it’s right for you and how to apply on our course page.

The Bradford Partnership

For students joining the Clinical Sciences Foundation course from September 2020 wishing to apply to Leeds Medical School will need to apply via UCAS.

These are the minimum entry requirements for Leeds; applicants should be aware that admission is highly competitive and the majority of applicants will have qualifications well above this standard. You will be in a pool along with all other UCAS applicants as there are no ring fenced places for transfer from this course.

GCSE Subjects

At least 6 grade C’s or 6 level 4’s must be offered including the following:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Dual/Double Science, or Science and Additional Science, or Chemistry and Biology

The School of Medicine does not accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

A2 Subjects (or equivalent)

BBC including Chemistry or Biology at B grade. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken. We welcome General Studies and Critical Thinking as a fourth A2 but they do not typically form part of our offer. Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically:Chemistry with

  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage over those taking three. We do not rate A* as being any higher than A i.e. we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA

 Scottish Highers BB at Advanced Higher including Biology or Chemistry, and BBBBC at Standard Level.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 29 overall including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry.

Widening participation

Students will be assessed to check that they meet 2 of the Access to Leeds widening participation criteria at the point of entry to the A100 course although they will not be required to complete the modules associated with the Access to Leeds programme.

Foundation Year academic criteria

(a) a minimum overall mean mark of 70.0%

(b)    a minimum overall mean mark of 70.0% in Chemistry

(c)     all assessments must be passed at the first attempt

(d)    the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) must have been taken at the specified time

(e) satisfactory attendance and professional behaviour throughout the year

Applications from students in Year 1 or 2 of the Clinical Sciences programme will not be considered.

Other access courses considered

Applicants with an overall mark of 70% with at least 70% in Chemistry (Distinctions) from the following two access courses will be considered: