Lifelong Learning Centre

Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education BA

2019 start

Key facts

Start date:
September 2019

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

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0119Academic and Personal Development20


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0144Data Handling10
LLLC0145Applied Information Literacy10
LLLC0146People in Society30
LLLC0148Understanding Child Development and Learning30
LLLC0149Human Biology30

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

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 enough for you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.


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 following entry requirements.

Dental Hygiene: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English language, maths and either chemisty and biology, or dual science.

Nursing (Adult) BSc, Nursing (Child) BSc and Nursing (Mental Health) BSc: normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: maths, English and 2 science subjects.

Midwifery BSc: normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: science, maths and English language.

Radiography BSc: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: maths, English and science.

Social Work BA: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above inlcuding: maths and English.

As well as the academic requirements above, 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 5 A*/9 - C/4 passes at GCSE or attainment 8 score at GCSE
  • 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.

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

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.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to assess your commitment and potential.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2019


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

Tuition fees for 2019 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For all full-time students starting in 2020, our fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed and we expect to publish an update later in 2019.

Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.

You will study at 50% intensity (60 credits) in year 1. Fees for 2018/19 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 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