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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 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
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Course Overview

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.

Why study with us

  • 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.
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of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)

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

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Leeds Trinity University is joint 23rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

(National Student Survey 2018 via Times Higher Education)


Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for satisfaction with learning opportunities.

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Course Information

About this course >

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.

Further Study
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. 

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:

  • 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
  • TRS4012 - Living Religions
  • 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
  • TRS5502 - Reading the New Testament
  • 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 Perspectives
  • TRS6802 - Religions, Cultures and Complexities
  • TRS6922 - Religions in Leeds Bradford

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 16.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 209 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 916 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 2 – 14.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 180 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 925 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 123 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,077 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 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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 90% coursework; 10% 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 >

For our Clearing 2018 entry requirements please give us a call on 0330 058 4266

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 2018-19. 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
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

Placement Opportunities

Professional Work Placements take place in your first and second year. Placements can take place in a variety of organisations which can include schools, hospitals, the Sure Start Centre, within the University and the University Chaplaincy.

Graduate Opportunities

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.

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Education and Religious Studies Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.