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Education and Religious Studies

BA Joint Honours

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Education and Religious Studies

BA Joint Honours

  • Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Are you interested in the 'big questions' in life relating to religion, philosophy and ethics? Would you like to understand the issues facing education? Do you want to open doors to a wide range of careers in education?

Education and Religious Studies gives you the opportunity to understand key education issues and relate them to practice, while learning about religions and their traditions.

Why study with us?

• Graduate with up to three months' education experience, thanks to the professional work placements included with your degree.

• Stand out from other graduates with your combination of professional skills in education and knowledge of religious studies.

• Have the flexibility to explore a wide range of careers in education.

• Learn by debating the real issues facing education today.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll learn by exploring contemporary issues facing education today, asking questions such as: What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished? At the same time, you'll explore different religious traditions, considering questions such as: Does the Old Testament have relevance today?

We'll analyse and debate these issues, drawing on ideas from theology, sociology, popular culture, history and philosophy.

Putting theory into practice, you'll complete two professional work placements in an educational setting and visit religious sites around Leeds and Bradford. This will give you vital professional experience, preparing you for postgraduate study in teacher training or a wide range of careers in education.

By the time you graduate, you'll be knowledgeable about the ideas and values of others, and be able to develop ideas and values of your own. Most importantly, you will be able to develop the skills, experience and confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.

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Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Education and PGCE (Secondary) Religious Studies , which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. Other opportunities at Leeds Trinity University include the MSc Psychology (conversion) and the MA in Family Support courses.

Modules >

Year 1

We ensure that, whatever you’ve studied before, everyone becomes familiar and confident in using ideas Education and Religious Studies draws upon from disciplines such as theology, sociology, popular culture, history and philosophy. We do this by tackling themes rather than trudging through textbooks – you’ll explore different religious traditions, consider whether the Old Testament has relevance today, why poorer children do less well in school, whether children have too few or too many rights and whether the National Curriculum is relevant or outdated. Year 1 culminates in a six-week professional placement where ideas meet practice and you can see whether that career you’re thinking about really is for you.

Year 2

As you develop your own ideas in the education disciplines introduced last year, you now have more scope to let these shape your assignments. Do you have a better way of funding university education than students paying fees and could you ‘sell’ this to the public? What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished?

The discipline of sociology contributes to your religious studies too, where issues such as globalisation and its impact are viewed through the lens of religions. You build on your understanding of the relevance of the Old Testament by now examining the New Testament.

You learn how to design your own research project, in preparation for Year 3.

There is a second professional placement to keep ideas in contact with professional practice and to help build your CV and inform your career choice.

Year 3

One third​ of your final year’s work and assessment is your choice – you could review an issue you’re interested in, go into professional contexts as a researcher or negotiate with professional educators to set up a project. Of course, we help throughout - you are allocated an individual supervisor.​​​​​

You will examine the teaching profession ​through film, TV and literature. Radical ideas regarding educational practice and new ideas to support inclusion are considered.

Religious knowledge and practice connects ​now with the local communities of Leeds and Bradford. You will see how religion interplays with geography, economy and society. ​​

You will graduate knowledgeable about the ideas and values of others, and with ideas and values of your own. Most importantly, as an Education and Religious Studies graduate you have the confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.

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

  • CYP4002 - Change and Continuity: An Introduction to the History of Education
  • CYP4012 - Is Education Fair? An Introduction to Sociology of Education
  • CYP4112 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Education
  • CYP4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • TRS4002 - Studying Religion
  • TRS4502 - The Bible

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
  • HUM5022 - Religion and Politics
  • TRS5742 - Rites, Rituals and Religious Quest

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 Perspectives
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • TRS6922 - Religions in Leeds Bradford

Learning and 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.  #expand#

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.

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 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

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.

Professional work experience is vital when applying for postgraduate study in teacher training or other careers in education. We'll work with you to find placements that match your career aspirations, which could be in a variety of organisations including schools, hospitals, universities, chaplaincies and dioceses.

Graduate Opportunities

If you want to become a teacher, this course will prepare you for postgraduate teacher training at all levels: primary, secondary, further and higher education. You'll be prepared for a wide range of careers in social work, ministries, charity work and education, where your professional skills in education and your academic background in religious studies will be highly valued.

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