Lifelong Learning Centre

Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education BA

2020 start

Key facts

Start date:
September 2020

Various - refer to course description

Typical A-Level offer:
Full entry requirements

UK fees: To be confirmed
Financial Support Available
Additional Cost Information

Work Placement: No

This course is available to UK residents only

Contact us

LLC Interdisciplinary Studies (PHE) Admissions

0113 343 3212


This is an extended degree course for mature students looking to return to study and wishing to progress to a range of degrees (both full and part-time) in the social sciences, arts and healthcare.

Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) is a one year part time foundation year which provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

Designed with mature students in mind, the foundation year runs on two evenings a week and one Saturday every four weeks, so you can study whilst balancing your other commitments. You will be taught by friendly and supportive staff in the Lifelong Learning Centre, with experience in working with adult learners.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the requirements of your progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. Recent cohorts have progressed to full-time degrees in English, criminology, law, radiography, nursing, midwifery, psychology, sociology, dental hygiene and therapy and professional studies. In additon to part-time degrees in child and family studies, business management and learning and teaching.

Additional support

We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialised guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.

Staff work closely with you during your foundation year to help identify the degree choices that are most appropriate for you and map out your plans to work towards a successful progression. You’ll know from the beginning of your journey what your academic goals need to be and will be provided with guidance throughout the year to help you be as successful as you can be.

Course content

Your core modules are designed to support you in becoming an independent learner ready for study at university and you will be encouraged to explore your own learning experiences in a stimulating and supportive way. You will also study either a data handling or applied information literacy module. Depending on your chosen progression route you will study a module focusing on one of human biology, child development and learning or social sciences.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting any progression requirements, you’ll progress to year one of your chosen degree programme.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Learning and teaching

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year of the programme on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning. Group sizes are small enabling you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree in order to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements


GCSE: Maths and English at grade C/4 or above

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

If you are interested in progressing to the following degrees please note the specific requirements:

  • Dental Hygiene: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English Language, maths and either chemistry and biology, or dual science.
  • Nursing (Adult) BSc, Nursing (Child) BSc and Nursing (Mental Health) BSc: GCSEs at grade C/4 in English and maths.
  • Midwifery BSc: GCSEs at grade C/4 in English Language and maths.
  • Radiography BSc: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: maths, English and science.
  • Social Work BA: GCSEs at grade C/4 in English and maths.

We give priority to applicants who live permanently in the UK and meet at least two of the following:

  • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
  • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of five A*-C or 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attainment 8 score at GCSE. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
  • You grew up in public care.
  • The residual income of your household is less than £25,000.
  • You will be the first member of your immediate family (excluding older brothers or sisters or your own children) to achieve a degree.
  • Your studies have been adversely affected by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life.

If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.

How to apply

Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Please mention on your application form the area you want to progress to.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team, and if you’re successful you’ll be invited to an interview. If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.

If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021


UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry 
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

EU students starting in 2021/22 
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.

You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) in year 1. Fees for 2020/21 are £4,625 (50% of £9,250).

There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be a small cost associated with field trips which are part of module study.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the Preparation for Higher Education foundation year you could progress onto a range of degree courses (both full and part-time) in the social sciences, arts and healthcare. For more information about specific career opportunities please check the degree course you are interested in.

A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions