Children, Young People and Families
Start date(s)
January 2024
Study Mode
Part time (1 year)
Main Campus (Horsforth)

Course overview

This programme is designed to provide the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and experience required to become successful in a role that offers services for children and families. Apprentices on this programme will work to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of children and families.

The apprentice will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of their employer.

They will become skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present.

The Student Contract

About this course

Apprenticeships are designed by sector professionals and are aimed at those already employed in a relevant role. They can be suitable as a way to upskill existing members of staff or as a pathway for new recruits.

Small groups and specially-designed learning sessions will ensure that apprentices get the most out of their time in workshops and lectures. 6 hours per week of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job learning – this includes work-based projects and job-related activities.

There are no direct fees paid by the apprentices as the programme is supported through the apprenticeship levy.


Successful apprentices will gain a Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Children, Young People and Families within the Community​

Programme Duration and Delivery

This apprenticeship is delivered through a blended learning approach. Apprentices benefit from face-to-face and online lectures and seminars, delivered by Leeds Trinity University. In addition to this, apprentices will also complete independent research activities which can be undertaken in the workplace.


We offer extensive support to all of our apprentices – whatever their background or academic experience. This includes access to our peer support mentors and The Learning Hub, which gives tailored support for academic skills.

Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by the employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year. The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeships course fees, up to the relevant funding gap, if the organisation has paid into the levy at least once during the financial year or if the organisation has spent all its levy.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

During this year, you will study six different modules.

Safeguarding Children (core)

This module delves into safeguarding and protecting children, exploring legislation, policies, and research on social justice and anti-racist practices.

Apprentices will navigate current procedures, and understand frameworks for practitioners working with children and professional teams.

The course emphasises identifying categories of abuse through practical case studies, addressing the needs of children and families impacted by adverse childhood experiences, and mental health.

Working with Families (core)

Apprentices will explore effective practice with children and families within the theoretical and policy context of modern family intervention in this module.

The module emphasises systematic and considered approaches, delving into the paramountcy of children’s welfare, national and local policies, and values in anti-oppressive practice.

Apprentices will develop communication skills, assess family dynamics, critically evaluate media representations, and gain an international perspective, emphasising professional and academic communication with consistent referencing styles.

Multi-Agency Working (core)

We'll introduce concepts of leadership to the multi-professional integrated workforce involved in building a health, educational and welfare team around the child.

We'll focus on working in partnership with parents as children's first educators, supporting the home learning environment, and listening to and working in collaboration with young children.

You'll consider approaches to leadership and the impact of leadership on team working.

You'll explore the challenges and constraints around multi-agency working and appraise the benefits to the child, family and society in the context of cultural differences, ethical approaches and social justice.

You'll look at the way professionals within education, social care and other sectors, work together for the benefit of children and families.

Developing Social and Emotional Resilience (core)

Upon completion of this module, apprentices will adeptly utilise diverse sources to comprehend social and emotional resilience in children and youth.

Apprentices will connect these concepts to their professional context, fostering ethical practices to support resilience.

Through focused examination of attachment, motivation, risk, and intervention strategies, apprentices will refine critical reflection, aligning workplace practices with contemporary research findings.

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development (core)

This module introduces apprentices to the nature, methods, and justification of child and adolescent development psychology.

Apprentices will study topics including the beginning of life, inheritance, relationships, gender identity, emotional development, cognitive development, and the construction of self.

Apprentices will also explore various aspects, from conception to adolescent development, in a comprehensive study of psychological perspectives.

Evidence Informed Practice - Work Based Project (core)

Upon completing this module, apprentices will showcase project selection skills and ethical understanding in Work-Based Learning.

They will define key concepts developed in their Work Based Learning projects, exhibiting awareness of research methods, data analysis, and reflection on project design and outcomes.

The module, uniquely tailored through a 'learning agreement,' delves into Work Based Learning concepts, evaluation, practical frameworks, multi-agency collaboration, workplace roles, and reflection on goal utilisation.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant role and have the support of your employer.

  • Provide evidence of Level 2 English and Maths qualifications (e.g. GCSE at grade 4 or above)
  • A Level 3 qualification (e.g. A-Levels, BTEC National Diploma or an Advanced Apprenticeship)

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements in the bullet points above may be considered based on their knowledge, skills and experience. 

Once a completed evidence pack is received applicants will undertake an initial assessment interview with the programme lead to establish their suitability for the apprenticeship.


We offer extensive support to all of our apprentices - whatever their background or academic experience.

This includes access to our peer support mentors and the Learning Hub, which offers tailored support for academic skills.

Fees and finance

Costs of programme

The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £6,000.


Degree Apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer if their wage bill is over £3 million each year.

The government will fund up to 95% of the apprenticeship’s course fees, up to the relevant funding band, if the organisation has spent all its levy or has an annual wage bill below £3 million each year. Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy contribute 5% towards the total cost of the apprenticeship, the ESFA will contribute the other 95% directly to the University. Employers must have an account with the Apprenticeship Service Account to be able to reserve Government funding for an apprenticeship. This reservation ensures that funds will be available to pay for the training from the point the apprenticeship starts.

Read more about how levy payments work from the UK Government website.

About Leeds Trinity University

Our professional Apprenticeships combine part-time study at Leeds Trinity University with workplace training. We've been providing outstanding provision in higher education for over 50 years and have significant experience of delivering work-based learning programmes. We're proud to offer a personal and inclusive university experience that gives everyone the support they need to realise their potential. Our teaching staff have extensive and relevant professional experience.