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Course details

Subject area

Primary Education

UCAS tariff points

32

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year)

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 into 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. 

The Student Contract

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

Learning and teaching for all Foundation Year courses will be delivered through a blended learning approach, involving small group teaching delivered on campus and online learning, which will include virtual classroom teaching through Microsoft Teams.  Online teaching will include pre-preparation in the form of an introduction to the week’s activities, pre-recorded lectures, timetabled virtual classes using Microsoft Teams and follow-up reflective activities to test and consolidate your learning.  You will also have tutorials with your lecturers and your personal tutor which may be delivered either on campus or using Microsoft Teams.

Your course includes two modules designed to explore key issues, concepts, theories and technologies in your subject area.  In order to help you to complete these modules successfully, you will also study an online module devoted to developing your academic skills and confidence in academic study. You will complete the year by choosing a topic of your interest from your subject area and develop this in the form of a project.  These modules are designed to support your development and confidence in preparation for Level 4 study.

You will engage in a variety of learning and teaching methods and activities including, for example, active learning through student-led enquiry, directed activities to support your learning, research tasks, practical sessions and collaborative projects.  You will use the Virtual Learning Platform (Moodle) for a range of activities, including accessing lecture videos, presentations and discussion forums. We will also direct you to the online library resources and help you to make the best use of wider online resources and software.  We are keen for you to receive a student experience that provides some on-campus teaching supported by online delivery, with the opportunity for you to meet both your lecturers and fellow students regularly.

About this course

The Education and Childhood 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.

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

If you would like to progress to Level 4 of one of our Primary Education with QTS linked honours degrees, by the end of your Foundation Year you will need to have all three of the required GCSEs in English, Maths and Science.

If one of these GCSEs was not passed before the start of your Foundation Year in Education and Childhood, you will take a GCSE Equivalency test at Leeds Trinity. You must also have a satisfactory interview with Primary Education Staff.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Academic skills and studying with confidence

All Foundation students will take this module to help manage the transition to university life and any challenges it may pose. We'll help you develop skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations. You'll learn how to be successful in time and stress management and you'll become more confident and engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection. 

Project

​All Foundation students will take this highly personalised module which allows you to study an area of interest related to your chosen future specialisation. The subject content and format will be varied and you will work individually on your chosen project, whether that's a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts. You will undertake problem-solving learning and formative feedback and support will be provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence. 

Introduction to Children and Families

​This module will help you develop your understanding of the disciplines, issues and academic theories of working with children, young people and families. You will explore areas such as childhood development, socialisation, family diversity and the influence of poverty as well as the support available in social and educational contexts. We focus on collaborative learning, so you will be encouraged to share your thoughts and opinions in debates and work with your fellow students. 

Introduction to Education: Learning and Teaching

​This module focuses on education provision and policies in the UK, exploring key concepts such as learning, assessment and pedagogy. You will examine effective learning methods in the context of equality and inclusion, creativity and play and the use of technology. Working in groups, you will further your understanding of current trends and academic theories and take part in critical reflection of each other's work.

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

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.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

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
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

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.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff32
GCSE requirementsEnglish Language at Grade C or 4.
Additional requirements for Primary Education If you are looking at the Primary Education programme, you must also have Maths or Science at Grade C or 4. You must also have a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and 'fit to teach' assessment.

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.

This course is not available to Tier 4 students.

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time Foundation Year undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

To apply, click on the link below and then select the Foundation Year you wish to study: 

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