University of Leicester


Founded in 1921 and gained its Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is one of Britain’s older universities. The university site was donated in order to create a living memorial for those who gave their lives during World War One. The university has an international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research. Leicester is famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting, its space research and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.


The University’s academic schools and departments, having been previously organised into five faculties, were re-organised into four colleges in 2009, each headed by a Pro-Vice Chancellor. In August 2015 the colleges were further restructured with the merging of Social Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Law to give the following structure:

  • College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
  • College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • College of Science & Engineering

The colleges are supported by the Corporate Services.


  • A level and GCSE requirements vary between courses and departments
  • Typical offers range from AAA (Medicine, Law) to BBB with most departments requiring around AAB–ABB
  • International students need to demonstrate a good level of written and spoken English
  • Find out more about entry requirements at the University of Leicester, please visit their website.


They believe that teaching is inspirational when delivered by passionate scholars engaged in world changing research. They believe this enriches the learning experience and equips students with valuable life and professional skills. Strengths stretch across their three colleges: Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; Science and Engineering; Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. World-class reputation for work in Cardiovascular Medicine, Physics and Space Science, Economics, Engineering, Law, English, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Mathematics, Genetics, and across the Biological Sciences.


Leicester believes that teaching is most inspirational when it is delivered by passionate academics engaged in world-changing research. Since the launch of the National Student Survey in 2005, Leicester has consistently featured amongst the top universities in England for student satisfaction. Leicester has one of the strongest student completion rates. 91% of their students leave the sector with an award according to government performance indicators. The university has won three Queen’s Anniversary Awards for their world-class work in Higher Education. Some courses have accreditation from professional bodies.


Their Career Development Service supports the students throughout their academic journey. Their Career Development Service has access to hundreds of paid internships which are a great opportunity to build their experience and confidence.  Volunteering is great way of gaining experience. They can help them to find the right volunteering opportunities and, through their Leicester Award, providing clear evidence to employers of yheir commitment to developing themself above and beyond their degree studies. The Leicester Award is a scheme which formally recognises volunteering, part-time work and training courses that they do alongside their studies. The Award will help them to develop, assess, recognise and record the employability skills they are developing during their time at Leicester. Their Career Development Service can help them develop the skills and abilities that can help get them to where they want to be after university. They can work with the Career Development Service from their first year. Leicester students have access to MyCareers, a personal online employability portal where they can find out about all the events, activities and workshops on offer. It also lets them book a one-to-one appointment with careers advisers, find out about internships, work placements and graduate jobs. Their five-day Festival of Careers is one of the largest graduate recruitment events in the UK. The Career Development Service’s work saw them awarded by the Association of Graduate Recruiters for having the best overall strategy for preparing students for work in 2015.

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