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Do you want to make a real difference to the early life of children? Are you excited by a career where you can encourage young children to enjoy learning and make daily progress? The early years environment in primary schools has developed significantly over the last few years, so make sure you have got the expertise early years professionals need.

Course structure

Course Benefits

  • You will gain comprehensive knowledge of education and practical teaching methods for children aged 3 to 7 years.
  • We have very strong partnerships with schools.
  • The opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • The chance to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll learn how experiential, play-based learning supports young children’s development and how, as an effective practitioner, you can have a positive impact on that learning. Teaching in early years is dynamic, so you will learn the professional skills related to planning, teaching and assessing, as well as how to manage a setting where children and adults work together in learning. You will gain an understanding of the transition to Key Stage 1 and develop knowledge of both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1.

We’ll give you the opportunity for school-based training where you will gain a deeper understanding of the Teachers’ Standards, and how to apply theory to practice. You can also complete an alternative professional work placement where you explore learning in a setting other than a classroom e.g. special provision, schools abroad, museums and library services.

Read our full course terms and conditions. More course information is available from the Programme Leader, David Snowdon, at ​​​.

Modular studies progress from Introducing, through Developing and to Enhancement over three years in areas that may include:

  • Curriculum and Applied Pedagogy
  • Understanding Learners and Learning
  • Professional Learning and Development
  • The Core Curriculum
  • Understanding Inclusion
  • Teaching in the Primary School
  • Teaching in an Alternative Context
  • Practitioner Enquiry and Teaching in the 21st Century

These modules are enhanced by visits to schools throughout the programme to support your University-based studies. In each year, students undertake a seven-week block of school-based training (Teaching in the Primary School).

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

  • PED4302 - Teaching in the Primary School 1
  • PED4342 - Educational Project
  • PED4402 - Professional Learning and Development 1
  • PED4412 - Curriculum and Applied Pedagogy 1
  • PED4422 - Understanding Learners and Learning
  • PED4434 - Introducing the Core Curriculum

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

  • PED5632 - Teaching in the Primary School 2 (SBT)
  • PED5662 - Educational Project

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

  • PED6202 - Practitioner Enquiry
  • PED6212 - Evaluating Educational Themes
  • PED6222 - Developing Children's Thinking within the Context of Mathematical and Scientific Understanding
  • PED6232 - Creativity across the Curriculum
  • PED6242 - Teaching in the Primary School 3
  • PED6251 - English and Linguistic Diversity
  • PED6261 - Addressing Key Issues in Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
  • PED6332 - Educational Project


​*according to the 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.  
Most of the modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars. In primary education we are aware that students learn best when able to draw on their own and others' experiences and ideas, so we include opportunities within teaching sessions for group work and discussion. We have excellent teaching facilities which include resources and ICT that would be found in schools so that there is opportunity to practise new skills with tutor support.

On this programme students undertake periods of school based training in each year. In order to meet the Teachers' Standards (2012) students will be assessed in each placement and will receive detailed formative feedback and target setting with school and college staff. Over the programme of the 3-year programme students will spend 24 weeks on school based training in two partnership schools. Leeds Trinity has been graded as outstanding in partnership and has a strong relationship with over 300 schools across the region.

In addition to these 24 weeks, students have a 2-week alternative placement which can be in a setting other than a mainstream primary school eg. special school; hospital school; school abroad; museum education centre; children's centre etc.

We are aware that many students want to teach in Catholic schools, so we also offer the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies as an addition to the core programmes. Students can also request to have a placement in a Catholic school, which we aim to accommodate. Our history as a provider of teachers for Catholic schools goes back over 40 years and we are proud of our relationship with the diocesan schools from Leeds and surrounding areas.

You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to teaching. The department arranges occasional seminars and presentations from outside agencies which enhance student awareness, for example in 2012 we presented an evening related to Regio Emilia from teachers who had adapted the approach for their own classrooms. Other activities have included a forest school club; music sessions; trips to cemeteries and archaeological sites – all of which enhance the student experience and relate well to teaching.

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.

Assessments tailored to this programme include formative assessments where you will be provided opportunities to develop new skills and receive feedback from tutors prior to completing the final assessment for the module. These will include presentations, group tasks, reports and audits. Assessments will use a variety of media and can include practical as well as purely academic elements.

The Primary Education programmes have been carefully designed to ensure that you receive the opportunity to be assessed in all skills that you will require as a professional teacher, so you do not get a choice about the style of assessment. However, there are opportunities as the programme progresses to develop areas of interest either in essays or for research.

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.

For entry to the programme we will normally require BBC from A Level, DMM from BTEC or 112 UCAS points from an Access course (other equivalences can be accepted).

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, Maths and Science. A pass in each of the Professional Skills Tests and experience in a Primary School is also required (2 weeks minimum).

​We accept the following GCSE Science equivalencies:  BTEC Level 2 (Merit or Distinction), OCR Nationals Level 2 (Merit or Distinction) and​ - Science.  Please contact​ if you are unsure.​

We welcome students with a range of qualifications and treat every application on its own merit; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.  Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.

Invitation to interview will also include a DBS Enhanced Disclosure application form to complete and bring with you. If you're off​ered a place and accept it, a payment for the DBS application (£44) will be requested usually from May onwards. You'll be prompted to pay for your DBS on our Online Store​.​​

All entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses are required to be declared as 'fit to train to teach', you will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.

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
  • 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.

Kathryn Gerrard

​​​​​As well as a tutor on the Early Year's programme, I'm the School-based Training Manager.

This means I'm responsible for looking after the school-based training aspects of students over the three years - from designing the quality of training experiences in school, to working with the school staff and University Link Tutor who'll support and assess you. 

enjoy seeing every student grow in confidence and ability so that when they enter the first year of teaching feeling equipped, they continue life-long learning and make a significant difference to the outcomes of teaching children.

Academic staff profiles

This course is constantly responding to the needs of the teaching profession to ensure that all our trainees are well prepared to start teaching careers

Myself and colleagues on the programme are passionate and totally committed to Early Years education and want you to feel well supported, confident and equipped to be a good teacher.

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"I have the job I have always dreamt of: educating our future! Be students... be teachers.

Kelly Heatherington

BA (Hons) Primary Education - Early Years (QTS), 2014

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

The majority of our graduates gain employment as teachers in primary schools. Some gain employment in Special Provision or in international settings.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA EducationEarly Years Teacher Status (Postgraduate Employer Based) and PGCE courseswhich 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 youruniversity life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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