Leeds University is a regular attendee of OSC’s IB University Fairs and we are delighted to have them provide us with their insight into the application process.

As we approach the start of a new academic year, we’re getting ready to welcome our new undergraduate intake. Students from all over the world choose to study at Leeds on one of over 500 undergraduate degree programmes. Through our discovery themes we also offer students the opportunity to explore specific subjects, issues or skills outside of their primary discipline.  This is all delivered through outstanding research and teaching.

Undergraduate courses at Leeds typically ask for 35 points with some requirement for higher level grades. An increasing number of students with the International Baccalaureate with us at Leeds. In fact, in one year there was a 26% increase in the number of entrants holding the IB and this is something we welcome for a number of reasons. Here are two! Firstly, the IB develops many of the skills fundamental for success at university: writing, research, referencing, independent learning and critical thinking. Secondly, diversity is an important dynamic in university life. IB students tend to think globally and have developed an understanding across a range of disciplines. This aligns with the ethos at the University of Leeds where students are encouraged to think beyond their subject, experience life in a cosmopolitan campus developing skills to equip them for a career on a global platform.

Three tips for applying to a UK university:

  1. View the University’s admissions policies and the UCAS website to get more details on entry requirements and what might be required in a personal statement.
  2. Visit the University’s open days. If you can’t visit, arrange a time to speak to the admissions tutor.
  3. Use your personal statement to demonstrate your interest in the course and to reflect on what you have learnt through your IB and your co-curricular activities.

Find out more about Leeds University.

OSC offer a University Tour in the UK and US, by attending you can gain expert help and advice on university applications and choices from experienced College Counsellors and university admissions staff. Find out more here.