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Are you fascinated by how children learn and develop in the early part of their life? Do you want to make a difference to the development, learning and wellbeing of children and support them to have the best start in life they can have?


Course Benefits

  • Our team are professionally qualified and experienced lecturers and researchers in early years and education.
  • This degree is at the forefront of sector developments.
  • Leeds Trinity has an excellent reputation within the field of Childhood and Education.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

The Early Childhood Studies degree synthesises cutting edge professional policy with academic rigour. You will graduate able to work to the highest of standards within a variety of settings. You will develop a practical understanding that is grounded in theory, both traditional and contemporary, as you learn about the stages children may go through as they progress through the early years of their life, exploring what helps children to be ready for their future.

The current statutory early years framework and curriculum is reflected throughout the programme and alternative approaches to learning are studied in a national and international context.

You will explore how play is a vital component for children’s learning and holistic development. You will also study difficulties and problems children may face, from safeguarding issues to disability and specific needs. You will examine how to ensure that all children receive the right support and protection in order to have the best possible chances in life to reach their full potential.

Read our full course terms and conditions. More course information is available from the Course Leader, Marie Potter, at​.


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.​

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

  • CYP4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • CYP4052 - Professional Development and Placement 1
  • CYP4132 - Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • CYP4142 - Physical and Cognitive Development
  • CYP4152 - Play and Learning in the Early Years Environment
  • CYP4162 - Unique Child: Social and Emotional Development
  • CYP4172 - Health, Safety and Care Routines

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

  • CYP5042 - Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • CYP5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • CYP5142 - Diversity and Inclusion: Education for All
  • CYP5162 - Pedagogy, Practice, Assessment and Frameworks
  • CYP5172 - Supporting Transitions: Early Learning, Early Independence
  • CYP5182 - Creativity: Expressive Arts and the World

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

  • CYP6002 - Critical Issues and Contemporary Debates
  • CYP6034 - Research Project
  • CYP6142 - SEN and Disability
  • CYP6152 - Sociological Perspectives of Childhood
  • CYP6172 - Leadership and Multi-Agency Teamwork

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.
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

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

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​

Marie Potter

​​​​​​​​I'm the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. I've been a lecturer here since 2008 working on a number Early Years and Education courses

The students experience is important to me and I endeavour to ensure that they are supported to get the best out of their time here at University. 

In addition to tutor drop-in sessions held by all of our module tutors, students can access tutors throughout the week either face-to-face, by email or attending one of the Programme Leader surgeries held each week​.

Academic staff profiles

 The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree course has been designed in such a way that students have an opportunity to develop not only a practical understanding of care and education of young children, but also a deep knowledge that's grounded in tradition and contemporary theory of the care and education needs of 0-8 year olds and what helps children to be ready for their future.​​

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The quality of Leeds Trinity placement students has been good and we feel a good relationship is growing.

Michael Brawley

Headteacher at Spring Bank Primary School

Professional Work Placements

Typically Early Childhood Studies placements have taken place in schools, nurseries, children's centres, family welfare/support groups, health clinics, the Police, pupil referral units and hospitals. Students have taken up placements here in Leeds, in their home town or overseas.

More about placements

When you graduate you will be able to choose from a wide range of prospects within the children’s workforce - nurseries, schools, hospitals, family support, medical centres, museums and leisure facilities. You can also undertake further study in teacher training, speech and language or play therapy; in addition to a Masters degree in Psychology, Family Support and Education.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Family Support and MA Education, which 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 your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
You'll be spoilt for choice when you arrive in Leeds, so we've put together a helpful guide to get you started. 
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.


of our Early Childhood Studies students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).


of our Education Studies students agree that the course’s timetable works efficiently (NSS 2017).


of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).


of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in Yorkshire and 17th nationally (DLHE 2016).

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