Lifelong Learning Centre

Matriculation FAQs

Why do I have to do Matriculation Exams?

Matriculation exams allow students to enter the University of Leeds if they do not have the GCSEs in English and Maths that are required for their course. You might be asked to do Matriculation exams if you do not have evidence of having done these exams in the past.

What if I have done GCSEs, but have lost my certificates?

You can apply to the board of examiners to get a copy of your certificate, but this will involve paying a fee. You will also need to provide the certificate before the deadline to satisfy all the conditions of your offer. Alternatively, you can sit the matriculation exam.

Do I have to come into the university to do the exams?

During the Coronavirus situation in 2020 we have developed a process for running the exams remotely, using a system called Gradescope. We will invite you to do the exam remotely, but please do let us know if you do not have access to the required technology to access the exams in this way. You can email us on

What technology do I need?

We recommend using a laptop or PC because they have bigger screens, but you should be able to access Gradescope via any device. We recommend using Chrome as the browser and trying to make sure you have stable wifi or internet connection. Please do let us know if you do not have access to the required technology to access the exams in this way. You can email us on

I haven’t studied for a while and I am very nervous about the exam, should I even bother?

Yes. A lot of our students have been out of education for a while and the thought of having to do an exam to even get on the course they want to do is very offputting. Please don’t be put off. The University needs to know that students are at a level to be able to study. We want to make it possible for students to come to the University and we want to work with you to help you to prepare for these exams. Please work with us by communicating with us fully and making use of our support.

I am studying for GCSEs this year, but what if I fail?

If you fail your GCSE exams we will give you the opportunity to do the Matriculation exams instead.

What happens if I fail the Matriculation exam?

All candidates have the opportunity to do one re-sit of each exam.

I used to get extra time in exams when I was in School/College, can I get extra time in the Matriculation exams?

If you have evidence of getting extra time please do send this into us so that we can discuss this with you.

If you do not have evidence, we can arrange for you to discuss this with our specialist support tutor to see if we can offer you extra time in the exam.

You may have had extra time in the past because you have a diagnosis of a learning difference such as dyslexia. If you are dyslexic, or wonder if you might be, help is available so please let us know.

I have a condition which makes it difficult for me to sit exams, what are the arrangements for me?

Please get in touch with us to let us know your situation. We will let you know what information we need and we might arrange for you to talk to our specialist support tutor. This includes support for learners with dyslexia or who think they might be dyslexic.

Can I have the exams on  coloured paper?

Please contact us and let us know your requirements and we will try to respond to your requests. We might also arrange for you to discuss your requirements with our specialist support tutor.

Can I have the exam paper in a larger font?

Please contact us and let us know your requirements and we will try to respond to your requests. We might also arrange for you to discuss your requirements with our specialist support tutor.

What support is available to help me to prepare for the English exam?

We will send you a sample paper and a video guide to help you to prepare. You can email us any time on to ask questions or to ask us to contact you so that we can have a chat. Please do get in touch with us if you are worrying about anything. There are three staff available to support with English:

Helen Bowman

Rachel Walls

Kat Munn

Or you can email

What support is available to help me prepare for the Maths exam?

We will send you a sample paper and our specialist Maths tutor, Samantha Earl (Sam) will be in touch to talk with you about the support you think you might need. You may be very nervous about the exam and Sam will be able to provide lots of support to try to help build your confidence. Alternatively, you might feel quite confident and just need some reassurance. Sam will contact you early on to find out what sort of support might suit you. Sam’s email is or you can email if Sam is not available.

Will I be able to practise using the system before I sit the actual exam?

Yes. We will make the sample papers available on Gradescope before the exam, so that you can log into the system and have a go at doing the sample paper online.

Do I need to use a calculator and ruler for the Maths exam?

Yes please have a calculator with you to do the Maths exam (and use this to help you to do the sample paper). You ARE allowed to use calculators in the Matriculation Exams. You will need to have some note paper and a pen/pencil so that you can write down your workings out and you will then need to photograph your work and upload it onto the system. Alternatively, there will be text boxes that you can type into. We will send you additional information about how to do this.

Am I allowed to use a dictionary in the exams?

No. The Exams are comprehension exams, so they are testing what you understand. You are not allowed to use a dictionary in the exams.

What am I allowed to have with me while I am doing the exam?

You can have a drink and you will need paper, pens, pencils and rulers (as well as a calculator for the Maths exam). We recommend that you have a watch or clock with you, to help you manage the time. You are not permitted to use the internet to access information while you are doing the exam, but you may need to access your camera to upload images of your working out for Maths.

What should I do if I can’t make the date of the exam I have been given?

Please contact us as soon as possible –

What should I do if I have a problem during the exam?

Email us immediately at and explain the issue. This will provide us with a record of the date and time and the problem that occurred. We will then be able to contact you to let you know what will happen.

I have a question that isn’t covered here, how can I get in touch to find out more specific information?

Please email us at