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Do you want a career in an educational field but not yet decided on which stage? Are you interested in religion, philosophy, ethics and the “big questions” in life?

This degree will challenge and stimulate; it combines the study of Religious Studies with a broad-based practical preparation for future teacher training at postgraduate level.

Course structure

Course Benefits

  • Explore a career in the educational field, even if you don’t know your specialism yet.
  • Gain invaluable experience through professional work placements.
  • Specific preparation for employment and teacher training following graduation.
  • You will be able to apply for a range of different postgraduate teacher training options.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

This course provides vital professional placement experiences and offers a range of progression opportunities on completion of the course. You will also get the chance to visit various religious sites around Leeds and Bradford. These experiences will support your application for teacher training or careers when you graduate.

This course gives you the flexibility of gaining an undergraduate degree with specific preparation for future postgraduate training when you have decided on the type of educational provision you want to specialise in for your future career. The course is designed to support the development of professional and academic skills which will enable you to have a wide range of career choices following graduation.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

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

  • Ethics and Society
  • World Religions
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • Rites, Rituals and Religious Quests
  • Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
  • Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • Religions in Leeds and Bradford

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

  • CYP4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • CYP4002 - Change and Continuity: An Introduction to the History of Education
  • CYP4012 - Is Education Fair? An Introduction to Sociology of Education
  • CYP4052 - Professional Development and Placement 1
  • CYP4992 - Ethics and Society
  • TRS4522 - Religions: Texts & Traditions
  • TRS4802 - Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

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

  • CYP5002 - Education Policy
  • CYP5042 - Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • CYP5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • CYP5192 - Education, Inequality and Social Justice
  • TRS5742 - Rites, Rituals and Religious Quests
  • TRS5912 - Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

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

  • CYP6034 - Research Project
  • CYP6132 - From Martinet to Mentor? Change and Continuity in the Roles of Educators
  • CYP6182 - Overschooled and Undereducated? Alternative Education Practices
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • TRS6922 - Religions in Leeds Bradford


​*according to latest figures from HESA
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.  
Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit professional Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements in the summer term of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning. On Level 6 students have the option of selecting a placement or volunteering option module.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.

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.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

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​.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

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 2017. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

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
Anna Piela

Anna Piela

​​​​I’m a lecturer in Religious Studies and I co-teach the World Religions module which introduces Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. 

On this module we explore main tenets of these religions and their scriptures.


Academic staff profiles

​This course is an excellent choice if you’re interested in the meaning of religion, social justice, and ethics, and want to combine these issues with a career in education​.

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I gained knowledge and understanding of a variety of religions and cultures. I learnt about behaviour management in the classroom, creative ideas for lessons and an understanding of the exam specifications.

Gareth Clayton

BA (Hons) Theology at Ryburn Valley High School

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

After graduation you will be able to apply for postgraduate teacher training for primary, secondary or further education. Alternatively, there are a number of employment opportunities across several professional fields: social work, ministries, charity work and education where your professional skills in education and your academic background in religious studies will be important.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Education and PGCE Religious Studies, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is 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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