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At the start of September each year, UCAS begin accepting applications for entry to university in October of the next year. The normal closing date for applications to reach the UCAS office is mid-January (except for Medicine which has an earlier closing date of October). It is always best to check the exact dates online before applying.

We strongly recommend that you apply before the January deadline. Late applications - including those from outside the UK/EU - are accepted by UCAS and the University of Leicester throughout the remainder of the application year, but are considered at the University’s discretion.

You might begin your application process just after you begin your Access to HE course if you are completing one. 

When you make your application, you will need the institution code for the University of Leicester which is LEICR L34.

If you are not at college, you can apply online independently. You will be responsible for paying the correct UCAS application fee, for obtaining and attaching an academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

After we receive your application

We will make a decision on your application as quickly as possible. If you already have sufficient qualifications we will make you an unconditional offer. If you are currently studying for qualifications that relate to your applications, we may make you a conditional offer, which will be dependent on the grades you achieve.

Most of our courses do not normally interview applicants. If we do want to invite you to an interview, someone from the Department where you want to study (usually the Admissions Tutor) will contact you directly. If we make you an offer you will receive official notification through UCAS and an offer letter from the University.

The Admissions Tutor will also normally invite you to visit your Department. If you firmly accept our offer, we will send you further information during the spring of your admission year. If you meet the conditions of our offer and become ‘unconditional firm’ with us, you will be sent further details regarding registration and other matters.

For further information about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)116 252 5281 or

Entry requirements

The University of Leicester requires you to have some sort of qualification at level 3 (sixth form level). This qualification could be A-levels, BTECs or other relevant courses. If you did not complete one of these qualifications we accept Access to Higher Education courses on many of our courses. The Access to Higher Education qualification is a one-year full-time course offered by many local further education colleges and prepares you for study at degree level.

Specific requirements for each course are detailed on the course pages. However it is usually worth contacting the Department where you wish to study as other qualifications or experience may be taken into account.

For general queries email or call (+44) 0116 252 5281

Your Personal Statement

Your personal statement is part of your UCAS application and is an important tool for letting us know what experience you have and why you would like to come to university. You have 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text depending on what you reach first, to do this in. This statement will be seen by all the universities you apply for and is the same for all courses. 

We have compiled some top tips to help you write a good personal statement.

  • Remember that each paragraph should have a beginning, middle and an end.
  • Write your statement in a Word document for editing before inputting into the UCAS system.
  • Check your spelling and grammar. Do not copy statements from others or the internet as UCAS has a similarity detection system.
  • We would like you know why you have chosen your subject, what inspired you and have you done anything in that subject before.
  • What other experience do you have? Do any of the skills or work experience translate into your chosen subject?
  • Give clear examples to illustrate your skills.
  • Mention any issues that you think the Admissions Tutor would need to know.
  • Avoid listing things, defining the subject or referring to courses or universities by name.

You can get more advice on personal statements from the UCAS website at