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Education and Childhood Foundation Year

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​Course ​Overview

Leeds Trinity's four-year degree programmes allow you to commence your studies with an initial foundation year. This initial one-year period of study allows you to develop your academic skills and confidence through undertaking four 30-credit 'Level 0' modules. These modules are designed to introduce you to a number of key concepts, debates and skills that will inform your second, third and fourth years of study.

If you have the capacity to undertake degree-level study, but may not have the required entry requirements to do so, this offers you an alternative way in to university. It also offers a development opportunity to you if you wish to build your skills and confidence by undertaking four - rather than three - years of university study.

Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications.  Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, accredited as part of the application process.  Please see Leeds Trinity's Principles and Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to progress to Level 4 of these linked honours degrees:

Modules (Level 0)


How to apply

Apply via UCAS
The UCAS codes for our Education and Childhood Foundation Years are above, and Leeds Trinity University's Institution Code on UCAS is L24.

The Foundation Year is for you if:

  • you do not have the right qualifications for a full degree
  • you feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study
  • you are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.​

Benefits of a Foundation Year

  • Undertaking a four-year pathway allows you to undertake a Foundation Year where you will gain key academic skills before entering full undergraduate study.
  • Opting for a Foundation Year will offer you the opportunity to build your self-confidence before progressing to mainstream undergraduate study.
  • Studying a Foundation Year as part of a four-year undergraduate degree offers you the opportunity to build your academic skills over a longer period of time.

Fees and funding

The fees below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Full-time students UK/EU students* - £9,250

*Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation i​n future years. Find out more here.

Foundation Year students who start their Foundation Year in September 2019 are eligible for a Leeds Trinity Foundation Year Progress Bursary. This is a cash award of £1,000 which all Leeds Trinity Foundation Year students who start their Foundation Year in September 2019 will receive when they successfully progress to Level 4 of their linked three-year Undergraduate Degree programme.

The Foundation Year Progress Bursary will be allocated automatically for all eligible students provided they have registered onto Level 4 of their linked three-year Leeds Trinity University Undergraduate Degree programme. There will be no requirement to apply for the Bursary.

Entry Requirements

L3 entry requirements: Typically, our entry offer for this Foundation Year course is 32 UCAS points from at least one full A-Level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications.

L2 entry requirements: GCSE English Language at Grade C or 4 or higher, except for BA (Hons) Primary Education (Early Years 3-7 with QTS) and BA (Hons) Primary Education (Later Years 5-11 with QTS), which require GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade C or 4 or higher.

Progression Requirements

Before completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is BA (Hons) Primary Education (Early Years 3-7 with QTS) or BA (Hons) Primary Education (Later Years 5-11 with QTS) you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for this programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme.

Entry on to year one of the linked degree programme will also be subject to passing the Professional Skills Tests in Maths and English prior to the start of the linked degree programme. Tutorials will be available as part of the Project module to help students pass the Professional Skills Tests.

GCSE Science at grade 4/C or above must also be achieved before progression to the linked degree programme in Primary Education. If you do not have this at the start of your Foundation Year then an equivalency test in Biology is offered during your Foundation Year.

For more information regarding the above progression requirements please contact Admissions at or 0113 283 7123​.

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