Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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All full-time undergraduate students apply to the University via the UCAS website.

We strongly advise that you read the UCAS 'Apply - guided tour' information available on the UCAS website before you begin your online application.

We consider applications on an individual basis and, in most cases, will be able to make you an offer based on the information in your UCAS form, particularly your academic achievements, your personal statement, your referee's comments and your predicted exam results.

Students at a school or college registered with UCAS (including all UK schools)

Fill in an online application and submit it to a member of staff at your school. They will then check it, add an academic reference and submit it online to UCAS. You have to pay online using a credit card or debit card. You may also be able to pay through your school or college.

Independent applicants in the UK

You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

International applicants (EU and worldwide)

Unless your school or college is registered with UCAS, you must apply online independently. You can get advice from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

Admissions policy 2018

In general, prospective applicants for our degree courses will be in the process of studying two 'traditional' academic subjects for A level, with a third in any other subject. However, there are many other equivalent qualifications we accept.

We do not consider A-Levels in Critical Thinking and General Studies. We also require a minimum of grade C or higher in English at GCSE.

Current academic A level requirements

  • BA Childhood Studies: ABB
  • BA Education: ABB
  • BA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: ABB
  • BSc Psychology with Education: AAB

Equivalent qualifications

We also accept other equivalent qualifications.

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Cypriot Apolytirion
  • 14-19 Diploma
  • French Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma
  • European Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur
  • Access to Leeds

See our equivalent qualifications guide for information about grade equivalents.

For further advice, contact our Admissions Office directly.

BA Social Science

If you do not have the standard entry requirements for one of our degree courses, you may be interested in the Social Science foundation year programme that our school supports in conjunction with the School of Law, the School of Politics, and the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Successful completion of the year allows you to progress onto a School of Education degree course (except BSc Psychology with Education).

Mature students and part-time students 

If you are a mature student or would like to study BA Childhood Studies part-time, the University of Leeds Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) will provide you with help, support and advice. You may also be able to apply to study BA Childhood Studies through the LLC Alternative Entry Scheme that allows you to use your work and life experience to demonstrate your potential. Please note that if you wish to study part-time, you apply for BA Childhood Studies through the Lifelong Learning Centre, rather than through UCAS. 

Language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require evidence of English language ability in reading, writing and speaking. If you do not hold an English language equivalent to UK GCSE standard, then you should hold one of the following qualifications.

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component.
  • Internet Based TOEFL: 92 with not less than 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 21 in listening.


If you are a UK or EU student planning to come to Leeds, please see our UK/EU university fees and funding pages.

If you are an international student planning to come to Leeds, please see our International university fees and funding pages.

School of Education scholarships

Leeds International Foundation Year Scholarship

The School of Education is offering a scholarship of £2,000 to any self-funded International Foundation Year (IFY) student who successfully completes the IFY element and progresses into level 1 of a School of Education undergraduate degree in September 2018. This will be renewed for progression to levels 2 and 3 subject to students achieving a yearly attainment percentage of 60%. The scholarship will be withheld in a year where a student fails to achieve 60% but will be reinstated the following year if the student's performance recovers to 60% or above.

These scholarships are awarded automatically (no application is required) to any student classified as international for tuition fee purposes and not in receipt of any other University of Leeds award. Find out more about Leeds International Foundation Year.

University of Leeds scholarships

The University offers comprehensive financial support to help you with the costs of being at university. 

Where can I get more information?

University of Leeds
Student finance information

Government loans and grants
Information about government loans and grants

Leeds University Students' Union
Includes costs of living in Leeds and support available

We are here to support you from the moment you arrive at Leeds.

Our aspirations go beyond academic and teaching excellence; we are also concerned for your welfare outside the classroom. Our support and administrative staff exceed all expectations in student support and add to the friendly and stimulating atmosphere of our school.

We provide pastoral care through a system of Personal Tutors, who are available to discuss academic, career and personal matters. All students are assigned a personal tutor from among the academic staff.

Our Student Administration Office provides day to day support and we also have a dedicated Student Support Officer, who provides personal advice and guidance to students.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Further support is offered through the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) whereby students are able to call on the experience and knowledge of students in subsequent levels. These groups give students a space to engage in open discussion, explore their understanding of module content and benefit from the input of their peers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Study skills 

The University and the School operate various study skills resources through which you can develop your skills in note-taking, reading effectively, doing presentations, preparing for exams, writing essays and using IT resources effectively.

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Study and careers support

Health and welfare

Equality service

How will my degree be organised?

Each year, you wil need to satisfactorily complete modules totalling 120 credits (or 60 for part-time students). At all three levels, there are compulsory ‘core’ modules and recommended optional modules. There is also the opportunity to broaden your area of study by choosing elective modules from either within or outside of the School of Education.

You can expect to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reasoning, decision making, use of evidence, personal research and reporting, independent learning, written and verbal presentation, and the use of information technologies to develop findings and present conclusions. As well as being valuable academic attributes, these qualities are attractive to potential employers. On top of the support offered by the School, students can call upon the University’s Skills Centre.

How is teaching organised?

Most teaching takes place in lectures, workshops and seminars. Lectures ‘set the scene’ for a topic or a theme and provide students with a framework for doing further reading and thinking on the issues presented. Seminars are held in smaller groups, which meet for structured discussions under the guidance of the lecturer or a tutor. In seminars, lecture topics are investigated in more depth, questions raised and arguments are developed. We emphasise the importance of student participation, presentation skills and group work.

How is assessment organised?

Our programmes incorporate a range of teaching and learning styles designed to stimulate and motivate you towards a position of independent learning. Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the particular modules; this can include traditional examinations, projects based on essays and case studies.

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