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Early Childhood Studies

BA Honours

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Early Childhood Studies

BA Honours

  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

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.

Why study with us

We’re renowned for our expertise in the field of Childhood and Education.

We’ll keep you at the forefront of sector developments by reflecting the latest professional policy throughout your course.

You’ll learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers with extensive experience of working with children.

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of our Early Childhood Studies students are satisfied overall with their course .

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our Early Childhood Studies students are satisfied with the teaching on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

Course Information

About this course >

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.

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Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study a range of topics at postgraduate level - in teacher training, speech and language or play therapy, paediatric nursing; in addition to Masters study in Psychology, Family Support or Education.

Modules >

Year 1

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. These modules are designed to build on familiar knowledge and prepare you for future study and positive achievement in your placement. To enhance your success on placement at the end of the year you will take part in a range of activities specifically designed as professional preparation for the work experience.

Year 2

Your second year will allow you build on your learning, extending your knowledge, skills and abilities and explore your own ideas and thoughts on the topics. You will learn how to design your own research in preparation for your final project in your final year. There will be a second opportunity to undertake a professional placement, build your practice and team-working skills. You will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences and aptitudes and at this point we offer you the opportunity to explore your career choices with our support and advice.

Year 3

The focus of your final year of study is pulling together the knowledge and skills gained over the previous two years about society, diversity, children, families and education. You are encouraged to advance further as a confident and critical thinker who is ready to take their place in the world of work. Final year modules have been designed for you to explore your own thoughts about what you have learned and includes study of Special Educational Needs, Leadership and Multi-agency working. You will have a unique experience of studying sociology with the opportunity to produce your own creative assessment. You will have first-hand experience as a researcher as you develop your project proposal from the previous year.​

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 - 15.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 195 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 930 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 2 - 14% of scheduled learning and teaching; 176 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 929 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 9.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 118 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,082 hours of independent teaching

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 programme are delivered through a combination of lectures workshops and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Professional Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the second semester of both Level 4 and Level 5 following periods of preparation.

At Level 6 all students undertake a Research Project which is an independent study on a topic of individual interest which allows an extended opportunity for critical thinking and analysis.
Students are offered opportunities to develop links with guest speakers, mentors and alumni in their final year. There will be various opportunities 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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 96.7% coursework; 3.3% practical exams

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 - 100% coursework

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.

Entry Requirements >

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.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

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

If individuals fall slightly short of the expected UCAS points needed for course entry, but have relevant experience and expertise in the sector, we would still welcome and consider such applications.

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

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

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

Additional Costs

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Graduate 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.

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.

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What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Early Childhood Studies Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from the similar Leeds Trinity programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Early Childhood Studies alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.