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Course details

Subject area

Children, Young People and Families

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Start date(s)




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Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you interested in the 'big questions' in life relating to religion, philosophy and ethics? Would you like to understand the issues facing education? Do you want to open doors to a wide range of careers in education?

Education and Religious Studies gives you the opportunity to understand key education issues and relate them to practice, while learning about religions and their traditions.

The Student Contract

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About this course

You’ll learn by exploring contemporary issues facing education today, asking questions such as:

  • What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all?
  • Should SATs be changed or abolished?

At the same time, you’ll explore different religious traditions, considering questions such as:

  • Does the Old Testament have relevance today?

We’ll analyse and debate these issues, drawing on ideas from theology, sociology, popular culture, history and philosophy. Putting theory into practice, you’ll complete professional work placements in an educational setting and visit religious sites around Leeds and Bradford. This will give you vital professional experience, preparing you for postgraduate study in teacher training or a wide range of careers in education.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be knowledgeable about the ideas and values of others and be able to develop ideas and values of your own. Most importantly, you will be able to develop the skills, experience and confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.

Why study with us?

  • Stand out from other graduates with your combination of professional skills in education and knowledge of religious studies.
  • Have the flexibility to explore a wide range of careers in education and religious spheres.
  • Learn by debating the real issues facing education today.
  • Develop professional skills and knowledge in working with children and young people, leading and supporting learning; researching religious and educational issues and contexts.


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

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study.

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence                                 
  • Project
  • Introduction to Education: Learning and Teaching
  • Introduction to Children and Families
Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Is Education Fair? An Introduction to the Sociology of Education
  • Change and Continuity: An intro to History of Education
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Education
  • Studying Religion
  • The Bible
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Education, Inequality & Social Justice
  • Education Policy
  • Professional Development & Placement 2
  • Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • Rites, Rituals and the Religious Quest
  • Religion and Politics
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Research Project
  • Religions, Cultures & Complexities
  • Religions in Leeds and Bradford
  • From Martinet to Mentor?
  • Over-schooled & Undereducated?

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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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.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/ grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC

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.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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 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. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

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:

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Professional placements

We’ll work with you to find placements that match your career aspirations, which could be in a variety of organisations. Our students have taken up placement roles in schools, hospitals, nurseries, police, community centres and private educational organisations.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in social work, ministries and education where their combination of professional skills in education and academic background in religious studies is highly valued. Many also go on to become teachers at all levels: primary, secondary, further and higher education (subject to postgraduate teacher training).

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