Click on the tabs below for guidelines and additional information on the criteria. You need to meet a minimum of two separate criteria to be eligible to apply to our Futures programmes.
Consideration will also be give to applicants who meet just our postcode criteria (use our online postcode checker – see below)
If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to apply to our Access to Leeds contextual admissions scheme alongside your future UCAS application, which can potentially offer reduced entry requirements.
We determine which areas have a low level of progression onto higher education using your permanent home postcode and measuring this against data provided by the government. The data we use to judge eligibility is provided by the Office for National Statistics and the Office for Students.
You can check if you are eligible under this criterion using our online postcode checker.
You can demonstrate your eligibility for this criterion if:
You are eligible under this criterion if either one or both of your parent(s) / guardian(s):
This is checked using results for the year you sat your GCSE exams. If you completed your GCSEs in 2020, we will use school performance data from 2019 to assess your eligibility.
The national average Attainment 8 score in 2019 was 46.7.
If you changed schools since completing your GCSEs or have completed examinations over more than one year, the results from any year and school in which a GCSE examination has been taken can be used.
You can check the score for your school using School performance tables on the Department for Education website.
You will need to search for the school at which you took your GCSE exams and scroll down to find the Attainment 8 score for the year in which you took them. Results are shown for the latest academic year but you can find previous year’s results if you click on the ‘Results over time’ button.
To be eligible under this criterion, you should have lived or spent time in public care at any point growing up, or be currently living in care.
You meet this criterion if your recent studies have been disrupted or negatively affected by circumstances beyond your control. Circumstances considered include:
We would generally consider circumstances that have occurred from GCSE studies onwards and / or during sixth form, unless there has been a significant, ongoing impact from an earlier point.
Disruption due to Covid-19 pandemic
Because the pandemic has affected everyone, we cannot consider the general disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic under this criterion, unless your circumstances are extreme, e.g. you were seriously ill, you have suffered a close bereavement, significant caring responsibilities, very difficult or dangerous home life.