Admissions guidance

This information applies to courses offered by the following academic schools:

  • School of Education
  • School of Politics and International Studies
  • School of Sociology and Social Policy

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. 

UCAS terms explained

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

Personal statements

The personal statement of the application form helps us to assess the nature of interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. It is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject. We wish to hear about:

  • Interest in the field
  • Any relevant work or other experience
  • Details of any particular skills, interests or attributes that will demonstrate aptitude, motivation and interested in the subject area
  • Career aspirations

Where applications show similar academic achievements and predicted grades, we may use the personal statement and reference in order to differentiate between applicants. 

Please see below appendix 1 for specific School personal statement guidance.

UCAS also gives advice about writing a personal statement.

Interviews

Applicants for the BA Social Science foundation degree will be invited for an interview and will be contacted with details of the arrangements.

For all other programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences interviews do not form part of our standard admissions process; however, in some cases, an applicant may be invited for an interview if it will help inform whether an offer should be made.  

If applicable, applicants will receive an interview invitation and will be informed in advance if they will be required to sit a test. If invited applicants do not attend, their application will not be considered any further and will be rejected. 

Interview methods may vary depending on the circumstances and/or geographical location of the applicant; for example, interviews may take place on a one-to-one basis or via video conferencing or telephone. Where possible, we will accommodate requests for alternative interview dates. However, an alternative cannot be guaranteed. 

Will I receive an offer?

Courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences receive a high volume of applications relative to the places available. 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, and contextual information.

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

  • An incomplete UCAS form
  • 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 guidance 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.

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.

Qualifications taken early

We recognise that some applicants may have studied a more flexible curriculum, where applicants have been able to progress through their educational development at an appropriate rate according to ability. Where a Level 2 (for example, GCSE) or Level 3 (for example, A Level) qualification has been taken ‘early’ the academic reference should include the reasons for this so that it can be taken into consideration by the admissions team. 

Resits

We may consider applications from those who are re-taking examinations prior to entering the University.

Deferral requests 

We will consider applications for deferred entry and encourage applicants to make use of the personal statement to explain the reasons for requesting deferral. 

Applicants who wish to defer following the submission of their application may be required to do so prior to the confirmation of a place.

Advanced entry

The Schools of Education; Politics and International Studies* and Sociology and Social Policy will consider applications from those who are seeking entry to the second year.  *with the exception of BA Economics and Politics.  The School of Law do not accept applications for second year entry other than through specific international agreements.

All such applications must be made through UCAS, by 30th June. To be eligible the applicant must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:  

  • Meet first year requirements, as detailed on Coursefinder
  • Have met the learning outcomes of year 1 of the relevant programme 
  • Have achieved a minimum 2:1 or equivalent in the first year of study 

Decisions on such applications are made by the Academic Admissions Director (or other academic lead).  

Entry onto Level 3 of the Faculty of Social Sciences is not permitted.  

Internal transfers 

We will consider applications from those who wish to transfer internally from other programmes at the University of Leeds, providing places are available. Current students enquiring about a potential change of programme will be required to complete this Change of Programme Initial Enquiry Form in the first instance.  

Applicant assessment

Academic grades normally form only one part of the final decision and Appendix I gives examples of how applicants through their personal statement, may demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and attributes that we consider will enable them to become successful students on our degree courses.

Feedback, appeals and complaints

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to request further feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application may contact the admissions team using the email address provided on the relevant course page.

Please note, the application forms of those who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on their chosen course may be passed to admissions teams for other courses which may be of interest to the applicant. 

For all Faculty of Social Sciences admissions complaints and appeals, please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, Sue Haines on s.i.haines@education.leeds.ac.uk

Useful contacts

School of Education – email ugeducation@leeds.ac.uk

School of Politics and International Studies- email ugpolis@leeds.ac.uk

School of Sociology and Social Policy – email ugssp@leeds.ac.uk

 

Appendix I

Personal statement guidelines

The personal statement of the UCAS form helps us to assess the nature of the applicant’s interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. Accurate spelling and grammar are of paramount importance. It is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject, in addition to their potential to contribute more widely to the School. This assessment will form part of the basis on which decisions are made. We wish to hear about: 

  • Interest in and commitment to the subject
  • Social and cultural awareness  
  • Responsibility  
  • Non-academic interests and activities   

School specific guidelines for Personal Statements

School of Politics and International Studies 

  • Interest in and commitment to the subject  
  • Social and cultural awareness 
  • Responsibility  
  • Non-academic interests and activities   

School of Sociology and Social Policy 

  • Interest in and commitment to the subject  
  • Social and cultural awareness  
  • Any work or voluntary activities relevant to the programme  
  • Responsibility 
  • Non-academic interests and activities   

School of Education 

For BA Childhood Studies 

  • Interest in the academic study of childhood 
  • Social and cultural awareness 
  • Responsibility 
  • Non-academic interests and activities 
  • Intention to pursue a career working with children, young people and their families, for example in the education, health or social care sectors 

For BA Education 

  • Interest in the academic study of education 
  • Intention to pursue a career in the field of education, for example, going on to train as a teacher 
  • Social and cultural awareness 
  • Non-academic interests and activities 

For BSc Psychology with Education 

  • Interest in the application of psychology in education 
  • Broader interest in psychology and its everyday application 
  • Social and cultural awareness 
  • Potential future career aspirations 
  • Non-academic interests and activities