Leeds Beckett University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.98 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.16 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.24 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    58.3 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    65.3 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    78.7 / 100.0


  • Leeds Beckett University has a 190 year history of teaching in the city.
  • Leeds Mechanics Institute was the university’s founding college in 1824.
  • In September 2014, the university changed its name from Leeds Metropolitan University to Leeds Beckett University. Beckett Park is where a number of the university’s predecessor colleges were established, the first being the City of Leeds Training College in 1913, and is still home to the university’s Headingley Campus.
  • It is one of the most popular universities in the UK with 30,000 students studying on Leeds Beckett programmes in the UK and overseas, and 3,000 staff.
  • In 2013, the university achieved the Customer Service Excellence standard and is currently the only UK university to hold this and the Investors in People (Gold) accreditation across the whole institution.

Location and Transport

  • Leeds is a student-friendly city located in Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK, and is easily accessible by rail, road and air. The city is less than two hours from London by train and there are direct train services from Leeds to all major cities in the UK.
  • Leeds Beckett has two campuses, one in the heart of the city of Leeds and the leafy, historic Headingley Campus, which is about 3 miles north of the city centre. The university’s two campuses are within walking or cycling distance from each other and are close to popular shops and services.
  • There are regular bus services connecting all halls of residence to both the City and Headingley campuses.
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport, which provides access to more than 75 countries around the world, is 10 miles from the City Campus and can be reached easily by bus or taxi.

Entry Requirements

  • Under the new tariff system to be introduced in 2017 the majority of our courses will require 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Academic qualifications are one of several criteria taken into account when considering applications, as the university is also interested in potential to succeed and passion for the subject.
  • The university’s online prospectus offers more information about entry requirements and our admissions policy can also be seen online.

Student Mix

The 26,025 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%


  • UK 92%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate course opportunities, including full-time, part-time and online courses, as well as both September and January start dates.
  • Employability is embedded throughout the university’s course portfolio, with many courses offering placements or work-related learning. The university engages with around 1,000 employers a year and, wherever relevant, courses are accredited by appropriate professional bodies.
  • The Erasmus+ Exchange Programme offers students on relevant courses the opportunity to work or study abroad in Europe for one or two semesters.
  • The university offers a wide range of professional courses and CPD aimed at those already in employment wishing to further their career.

Teaching Standards

  • Leeds Beckett’s vision is to be acknowledged for its commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact.
  • The university’s National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown an increase in overall student satisfaction from 69% in 2009 to 80% in 2014.
  • In April 2014 the Quality Assurance Agency confirmed the quality and standard of Leeds Beckett’s provision. Assessors also found areas of good practice including: the University's comprehensive and systematic engagement with collaborative partners through formal and informal mechanisms and the way employability is embedded in the design, approval and delivery of courses.
  • Many courses are accredited by leading professional bodies, meaning that the course has been officially recognised as providing the latest industry knowledge and training.

Research Standards

  • At Leeds Beckett University we are committed to building our reputation and research profile; within our region, nationally and internationally.
  • In the last Research Excellence Framework review, the 'quality, reach and significance' of the university’s research was rated as 'world-class' across all four faculties. An ongoing programme of work continues to expand and enhance research through Institutes and Centres, creating a strong and sustainable research environment for our staff and students.

The university has four Research Institutes around which academic research is focused: 

  • The Institute for Health and Wellbeing.
  • The Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
  • The Leeds Sustainability Institute.
  • The Retail Institute, the UK’s only academic research hub looking into consumer experiences of the future in retail, food and packaging.

The university also currently has nine research centres:

  • Centre for Active Lifestyles
  • Centre for applied Social Research
  • Centre for Culture and the Arts
  • Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility
  • Centre for Social and Educational Research across the Life Course
  • Centre for Sports Performance
  • International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH)
  • Research and Enterprise Centre for Sport Coaching and Physical Education

A new Centre for Biomedical Science is due to launch in May 2016.

  • Contributing an estimated £500 million to the economy, the university, based in the business capital of Yorkshire, works hand in hand with the businesses and employers on its doorstep, many of whom are involved in shaping degree programmes to ensure they reflect the latest thinking and meet the needs of employers.
  • The university is currently working on a number of high profile projects including a three-year project funded by Public Health England to develop a whole systems approach to obesity.

Academic Strengths

  • All of the university’s courses are designed to develop three key graduate attributes: enterprise skills, a global outlook and digital literacy.
  • Many courses offer a work placement year.
  • Employment rates are 94.1%, based on a survey of all graduates who were in work or further study six months after graduating (Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013–14).
  • The university has great links with employers and has a range of employability initiatives to develop connections and opportunities for students.
  • There are a wide range of opportunities to study abroad in Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Leeds Beckett boasts a library that is open 24/7, 365 days a year with access to thousands of online resources, as well as dedicated quiet spaces and areas for group study. There are also spaces with specialist software and fully equipped rooms to rehearse presentations and group projects.
  • The Rose Bowl offers impressive teaching spaces, lecture halls, conference facilities and has an outstanding local reputation as a business hub, being home to the regional Institute of Directors.
  • Broadcasting Place is home to art, design, fashion, architecture and built environment courses, providing creative environments complete with the latest technology. It was named best tall building in the world by a council of global architects in 2010.
  • The Clinical Skills Suite is packed with modern equipment and the biomedical and environmental laboratories provide state-of-the-art scientific equipment. Both have received critical acclaim from healthcare professionals.
  • Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs.

Disability Services

  • The friendly and confidential team can offer advice and guidance on disability related matters both in advance of and during study.
  • The Disability Advice team can advise on academic requirements, reasonable adjustments and how students can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • If students are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance, our Disability Assessment Centre can undertake a Study Needs Assessment as part of this process; this can be done before enrolment.
  • Our experienced assessors will discuss students’ needs with them and make decisions together about the most appropriate strategies for supporting students on their journey.
  • You can find more information on our website.

Students' Union

  • Leeds Beckett’s Students’ Union is led by a team of elected student officers and represents the views of Leeds Beckett students: their vision is 'Making Students' Lives Better'.
  • The SU run a wide range of student-led societies from games and film, to rock music and Harry Potter clubs.
  • The SU facilities at both City and Headingley Campus offer a place to have a bite to eat, play a game of pool, listen to a talk or take part in the weekly quiz. There’s also free wi-fi.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the local community through the SU.
  • For further information visit the SU website.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university has its own internal employment agency, the Job Shop, which helps students to secure part time and flexible work to fit around their academic commitments.
  • An online system, MyHub, allows students to search for a range of opportunities for work relevant to their course.
  • The university secured work for its students worth almost £1m in 2013–14 through over 92,000 hours of work.

Careers Guidance

  • Leeds Beckett has a dedicated Careers Service focused on helping students or graduates secure their chosen career or advice on subsequent study paths and works closely with faculty placement teams to ensure students secure relevant work experience as a part of, or alongside, their degree.
  • Help is available both in face to face or online; there are over 200 dedicated online resources for students which are available 24/7, helping students to search and apply for job opportunities, learn more about potential careers, and book onto careers and employer events. The team also run employability workshops every week at both campuses, along with online sessions, so students can access help when it suits them best, as well as annual careers events focused around specific careers.
  • And it’s not just current students who can access the help; anyone who has graduated within the last five years is eligible for the continued support from the team.
  • Leeds Beckett have links with some of the top 100 employers in the country including Disney, John Lewis, Apple, Porsche, Asda, BMW and Nike, as well as many local SMEs.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New biomechanical, food engineering and physiology laboratories were launched for September 2015, as well as a new dance and performance space.
  • The university is continually investing in its campuses to ensure facilities deliver a great experience for students and has recently refurbished the Sheila Silver library at City Campus, creating more groups study areas and enhanced study spaces for students.
  • A £1m clinical skills suite was opened in 2012, enabling students to study across a range of health professions.
  • In October 2010, Broadcasting Place was named the best tall building in the world by a global council of architects, beating off stiff competition from taller buildings in Dubai.
  • In December 2010, a new world-class learning environment, the Carnegie Pavilion, was opened by celebrity chef James Martin at the well-known Headingley Cricket Ground. The Pavilion is home to our training kitchen for hospitality-based courses.
  • In 2009 the iconic Rose Bowl building in Leeds city centre was opened by the Duke of Kent.

Notable Alumni

Honorary graduates

  • Dr Edward Barber (2012)
  • Geoffrey Boycott OBE (2010)
  • Susan Brown (2013)
  • Peter Clegg (2013)
  • Barry Cryer OBE (2013)
  • Gaynor Faye (2013)
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE (2012)
  • Stuart Lancaster (2012)
  • Matthew Lewis (2012)
  • Keith Loudon (2013)
  • David Parkin (2013)
  • Alexander Skarsgard (2011)
  • Lawrence Tomlinson (2013)
  • Dennis Weinreich (2013)
  • Edward Ziff (2013)
  • Denise Jagger, Lawyer (Partner, Eversheds) (Hon D Laws 2013)
  • Judge Mervyn King (2014)
  • Eddie Gray (2014)


  • Piers Aggett, Musician (Rudimental)
  • Marc Almond, Musician (Soft Cell)
  • Dave Ball, Musician (Soft Cell)
  • Joel Bygraves, Actor (The Office and EastEnders)
  • Peter Cattaneo, Film Director (Full Monty)
  • Kesi Dryden, Musician (Rudimental)
  • Jeremy Dyson, Writer (League of Gentlemen)
  • Green Gartside (Paul Strohmeyer), Musician (Scritti Politti)
  • Charlotte Harris, Artist (National Portrait Gallery portrait prize 2003)
  • Mark Herman, Writer and Director (Little Voice, Brassed Off)
  • Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson), Author (Hon D 1995)
  • Robert Norbury, Actor (Hollyoaks)
  • Peter O’Toole, Actor (Deceased)
  • Ricky Wilson, Musician(Kaiser Chiefs)


  • Colin Burgon, Member of Parliament (Lab), Elmet
  • Michael Clapham, Member of Parliament (Lab), Barnsley West & Penistone
  • Eric Pickles, Member of Parliament (Con), Brentwood & Ongar
  • Phil Willis, Member of Parliament (LD), Harrogate & Knaresborough
  • Michael Wood, Member of Parliament (Lab), Batley & Spen


  • Guin Batten, Rowing (Sydney Olympics 2000 Silver medallist)
  • Sarah Barrow, Diving (GB Olympics)
  • Brendan Boyce, Race Walker (Irish Olympic Team)
  • Richard Buck, 400m Sprinter (GB Olympics)
  • Malcolm Brown MBE, Athletics (Coach of world champions and Olympic medallist triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee) (Hon D Sport Science 2013)
  • Alistair Brownlee MBE, Race Walking (GB Olympics Gold Medal)
  • Dee Caffari, Sailing (Hon D Sport Science 2006)
  • Matt Diskin, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Brendan Foster MBE, Athletics (GB Olympics & Commonwealth Games) (Hon D 2004)
  • Frank Hadden, Rugby Union (National Coach, Scotland)
  • Vid Hidvégi, Gymnastics (Hungarian Olympic Team)
  • Austin Healey, Rugby Union (Leicester, England, British Lions)
  • Mick Hill, Athletics (GB Olympics & Commonwealth Games)
  • Jo Jackson, 20K Women’s Walk (GB Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Delhi 2010)
  • Jamie Jones–Buchanan, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Ian McGeechan OBE, Rugby Union (Coach, Scotland & Wasps) (Hon D 2004)
  • James Parrack, Swimming (GB Commonwealth Games Silver medallist)
  • Willie Poching, Rugby League (First Team Coach, Leeds Rhinos)
  • Will Porterfield, Cricket (Ireland)
  • Sam Ramsamy, Olympics, Member, International Olympic Committee (South Africa) (Hon D 1994)
  • Kevin Sinfield, Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos)
  • David Stone MBE, Cyclist (GB Paralympic Gold medallist)
  • Dame Sarah Storey, Cyclist (GB Paralympic Gold medallist)
  • Laura Weightman, Athletics (GB Olympics)
  • Howard Wells, Soccer (Chief Executive, Irish FA)
  • Emily Scaratt ( 2015)

Further Details

Address Leeds Beckett University
The Rose Bowl
City Campus
UCAS Code L27