Early Childhood Studies Leeds Trinity University


Are you fascinated by how children learn and develop in their early years? Do you want to make a difference to their development, learning and wellbeing, and support them to have the best start in life?

Learning from research-active lecturers with extensive experience in the children’s workforce, you’ll follow a curriculum that reflects the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

You’ll develop an excellent understanding of the stages children may go through as they progress through their early years, exploring what helps them to be ready for their future.

We’ll give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues relating to young children, from health and wellbeing, to safeguarding, learning and development.

You’ll explore how play is a vital component for young children’s learning and holistic development. You’ll examine the difficulties and problems children may face, from child protection issues to disability and specific needs. And we’ll teach you how to ensure that all children receive the right support and protection, so that they have the best possible chances in life to reach their full potential.

Putting theory into practice, you’ll complete two professional work placements to gain the practical experience that employers look for. By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the knowledge and experience that will prepare you to work to the highest standards in a variety of settings.

Graduate opportunities
You’ll be prepared for a wide range of national and international prospects within the children’s workforce, including nurseries, schools, hospitals, family support services, medical centres, museums and leisure facilities. You could also consider progressing to postgraduate study.

Placement opportunities
We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students have completed their placements at schools, nurseries, children’s centres, family welfare support groups, health clinics, the police, pupil referral units and hospitals. You could complete your placement in Leeds, anywhere in the UK, or even abroad.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Your first year of study incorporates a range of modules which form the link between what you may have studied previously and the second year of the degree. You will learn how to support the wellbeing, learning and development of children by studying modules covering play and its relationship to learning, safeguarding and child protection, child development and health safety and care routines.
In years two and three, further modules may include: Pedagogy, Practice, Assessment and Frameworks, SEN and Disability, Sociological Perspectives of Childhood and Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.




Northern Ireland



Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X321
Institution code L24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points GCSE English language at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM GCSE English language at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £11,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees: Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015 Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University. You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.