Undergraduate Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.


For BA (Hons) art and design degrees you will need:

  • A portfolio of relevant practical work, demonstrating your ability and enthusiasm for the course you’re applying for.

For BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance you will need:

  • Passes at GCE A level, or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.

  • Certified Theory of Music equivalent to either ABRSM or RockSchool or Trinity Grade 5.

  • Pass a Leeds Arts University audition in the year prior to entry demonstrating a high level of performing ability – equivalent to ABRSM/Rockschool/Trinity grade 8.

  • Specifically - applicants do not need to hold a Grade 8 certificate, but will be expected to demonstrate energy and presence in performance to this level.


You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test.

Doing a Foundation Diploma?

If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

Doing an Extended Diploma?

You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

Doing A levels?

You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

A guide to tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Doing Access to Higher Education?

You’ll need to have passed a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. A combination of pass, merit and distinction to total 96 tariff points.

Doing any other qualification?

We accept a number of other qualifications. For full details, please refer to our course entry requirements on the UCAS website and the UCAS tariff points tables at www.ucas.com

Click here for information on entry requirements for EU students, and visit our Information by Country pages for international students.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

Leeds Arts University has a commitment to widening access to higher education. The University demonstrates this commitment through its widening participation schemes, arrangements for transfer and recognition of prior learning.

For further information about recognition of prior learning, please contact the University’s Admissions Team on + 44 (0)113 202 8039.