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Are you ready to progress in your career? Do you want to become a leader in an early years setting?

Our Professional Practice degree in Early Childhood Studies is a work-based learning Level 6 top-up degree. It’s designed to be studied on completion of a Foundation degree (or equivalent Level 5 qualification), in an area related to early years care and education and/or the support of children and families.

Course structure

Course Benefits

Learn while you earn, developing new skills and knowledge in your work environment.

Gain an Honours qualification that draws on your professional experience.

Broaden your career progression opportunities.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are experts in the field of childhood and education.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

  • Tariff Points:
    UCAS Code: 169
  • Course type:
    Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)

Course Information

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your subject expertise by exploring contemporary issues in the care, education, health and welfare of young children and their families. In the context of your own professional practice, you’ll evaluate current debates, government strategies and initiatives.

Applying theory to practice, you’ll undertake a range of work-based activities, including workplace analysis of the practices and models of management, teamwork, children’s learning and experience. You’ll develop an understanding of the key issues related to ethical practice, as well as learning how to reflect critically on workplace practices in a professional fashion.

You’ll receive extensive support throughout your studies, starting with a specially designed induction programme. We also encourage you to identify a workplace mentor who could support you with your studies and research.

You can complete this Professional Practice degree full-time or part-time alongside existing work commitments. If you study full-time, your degree will last one year and you’ll attend one full day per week. If you study part-time, your degree will last two years and you’ll attend half a day per week (mornings in the first year and afternoons in the second year).

On this course, you will study a range of modules, which may include the following:

• Leadership in a Multi-Agency Environment
• Early Learning
• Evaluating Current Debates and Developments
• Work-Based Research and Early Years Professional Practice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6312 - Theoretical Perspectives: Early Learning and Experience
  • PCS6012 - Early Years Professionalism
  • PSP6002 - Evaluating Current Debates and Developments
  • PSP6012 - Leadership in a Multi-Agency Environment
  • PYP6122 - Work-Based Research: Research Proposal
  • PYP6132 - Project

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes. 

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

 A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.​​

Successful completion of a foundation degree in a relevant area or equivalent Level 5 qualification. This course is not available to Level 4 students. Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language (or accepted L2 equivalent).​​​ 

We welcome students with a range of qualifications and we treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Study Routes

You can continue your studies at postgraduate level including an MA in Family Support​.

"The degree has definately influenced my current practice as it has introduced me to new concepts; provided me with an opportunity to really think about my practice and has enabled me to develop new skills which I will continue to use throughout my career."

Samantha Hey

Professional Practice: Early Childhood Studies

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to begin a career as a nursery leader, a family support worker or a social worker (after postgraduate study).

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Our Students’ Union (LTSU) s run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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