Are you interested in a professional career in family support, therapeutic or pastoral roles within education or the health and social care sector? Would you like to explore how children and young people learn and develop?
On this course, you’ll investigate the role of education in the creation of a fair and inclusive society, focusing on special educational needs (SEND) and mental health, and learn how education impacts on the life chances of children and young people.
This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.
This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.
The Foundation Year in Education and Childhood will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.
Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Education, Mental Health and SEND BA (Hons) degree.
About this course
During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.
You’ll develop your understanding of the disciplines, issues and academic theories of working with children, young people and families and will
be introduced to learning and teaching in an educational context, considering current trends and academic theories.
Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the first year of our Working with Education, Mental Health and SEND BA (Hons) degree.
Education, Mental Health and SEND is a unique, vocationally focused inclusive education degree with two central themes, Mental Health and SEND in children and young people, which you’ll examine throughout your studies.
Academic experts with established careers in mental health and SEND practice will share their extensive experience with you. They’ll teach you about current themes linked to mental health that are at the forefront of inclusive practice in education and related sectors, such as Trauma-informed and Responsive Practice. You will consider race equity, social justice and diversity across all aspects of your studies and discuss the challenges marginalised communities face in today’s society.
A key feature of this degree is the application of theory and knowledge to practice. You’ll undertake professional work placements in a range of settings that work with children, specifically in education, health and social care. This allows you to gain vital experience and employability skills that will help prepare you for your career. We also offer opportunities to undertake additional professional development and vocational qualifications that will allow you greater access to various specialist settings after you graduate.
This degree aims to give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to start your graduate journey in the exciting and ever-changing sector of inclusive education, health and social care.
Why study with us?
- Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
- Develop a strong understanding of Mental Health and SEND theory and practice.
- Learn from Mental Health and SEND expert practitioners and researchers, as well as guest speakers with lived experience.
- Explore your career options and gain relevant experience through the professional work placements included in your degree.
- Personalise your degree with optional vocational micro-credential qualifications (these may include Makaton, Elklan, Trauma-informed Practice in Schools, Mental Health First Aider).
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.
During your Foundation Year, you'll study four core modules.
Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (Core)
We'll help you develop core academic skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations.
You'll learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and manage stress, and become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection.
General Studies and Project (Core)
You’ll study topics that will allow you to expand your view of society and enhance your life skills.
Towards the end of the module, you’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen degree.
You’ll work individually on your project, whether that's a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts.
You’ll undertake problem-solving learning, and formative feedback and support will be provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence.
Introduction to Children and Families (Core)
Develop your understanding of the disciplines, issues and academic theories of working with children, young people and families.
You'll explore areas such as childhood development, socialisation, family diversity and the influence of poverty, and 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 (Core)
You'll focus on how education is provided in the UK.
Explore the early year and primary education phases, studying concepts such as learning, pedagogy, and assessment.
You'll look at ways effective learning can be promoted in the context of equality and inclusion, covering creativity, play, problem-solving and the use of technology.
We'll also explore educational policies and frameworks such as teachers' standards in the UK.
During your first year, you'll study five core modules.
Academic Skills, Personal and Professional Development (Core)
In the first semester, you'll get to know about university and academic life at Leeds Trinity University.
You'll develop self-confidence, motivation and team-working skills.
Find out about different kinds of assignments and grading criteria.
We'll also teach you how to reference your work and show you how we check for plagiarism.
You'll develop your time management, critical thinking, digital and independent study skills, and find out how to make the most of your tutors.
In the second semester, we'll focus on your personal and professional development.
You'll consider ethical, sustainability and social justice issues related to work.
You'll develop employability, digital, and money management skills.
Find out about local, regional, national and global issues relevant to the professional sector.
Plan for your future career and development, and improve your study skills and module marks.
Safeguarding and Child Protection (Core)
Explore safeguarding and protecting children.
You'll consider current legislation and policy along with relevant current research findings.
You'll engage with current procedures and understand the frameworks practitioners are expected to operate within.
We'll make specific reference to the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the current statutory frameworks.
You'll learn the different categories of abuse and develop the expertise outlined in current policies and legislation.
Ethics, social justice and cultural differences will be a theme running through this study.
Supporting Children’s Mental Health in Education (Core)
Gain an awareness and understanding of the prevalence and spectrum of children’s and young people’s mental health condition.
You’ll be guided through the exploration of a range on interdisciplinary contemporary theories that share current understanding of mental health and influence the practice of preventing poor health and promoting positive well-being within an educational context.
Explore the potential influences on mental health and contemporary approaches to treatment and gain an insight into your own personal philosophy and how this will impact upon practice.
Special Educational Needs and Disability in Practice (Core)
Develop skills needed to show reflective inclusive practice in working with children, young people and their families. You’ll be introduced to the challenges in the assessment and identification process of SEND as well as the current contextual policy and practice landscape of SEND and inclusive practice across various educational settings.
You’ll be introduced to the definitions, theories and models of educational inclusion including conceptions such as Neurodiversity linked to SEND. You’ll develop values beliefs and motivations in becoming a special education needs and inclusion practitioner.
You’ll study an explorational approach to global issues of SEND which will allow you to develop a comparative understanding of each topic and the evidence of best practice including the inclusionary challenges and facilitators in various countries
Children’s Learning and Development
You’ll explore the changing concepts of childhood and the stages of development including aspects of personal, social, physical, emotional, moral and technological development.
Define your understanding of learning and development and consider a range of interventions to support children’s learning and development including play to give a sound underpinning for observing, analysing and discussing individual learning and development.
You’ll study theories and models of learning and development and explore the factors that can influence children’s development of their brains and bodies across compulsory education.
During your second year, you'll study five core modules.
Trauma-informed and Responsive Practices (Core)
You’ll be introduced the approaches of trauma informed and responsive, relational and restorative practices employed across a myriad of service provision contexts as well as in education.
Learn about the principles of trauma informed practice and the theory underpinning this. You’ll be presented multiple models of trauma-informed practices employed on an individual and whole system level. This will include links to the impact of inequalities on specific communities who have experience exclusionary practices.
We’ll enable you to develop responses in practice to children and young people with experiences of trauma, distinguishing between various responses to find appropriate ways of working with trauma experienced children and young people in an inclusionary manner.
You’ll focus on developing the practice needed to address the needs of trauma experienced children and young people in various service and educational contexts.
Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice (Core)
Explore a series of research methods, including their key features, usefulness and application in different contexts.
You'll critically examine research methodologies, with an emphasis on ethical research conduct.
You'll evaluate the usefulness of research methodologies to explore specific research questions, problems and designs.
You'll reflect on ethical issues relating to children, families, communities and professional settings.
You'll understand how to design, conduct and write up research, and understand the relationship between research, policy and practice.
Professional Placement (Core)
There are three stages to the module - preparation, work placement and reflection.
You'll have workshops to develop your employability skills, analyse your career prospects and go through the practicalities of getting and undertaking a professional placement.
You'll complete a short weekly reflective log reflecting upon the practical skills gained through your placement experience and what you have learnt about applying theoretical understanding in practice.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Educational Practice (Core)
Cover a broad range of definitions of key concepts of inclusion, diversity and social justice and these relate to the education of children and young people. You’ll explore topics relating to diverse identities, and students’ subjectivities across social class, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, disability and SEN and intersectional identities.
You’ll be encouraged throughout your learning to reflect and reframe your own position and practice to recognise and reduce inequalities when working with children and young people.
We’ll give you the opportunity to develop and review strategies to promote inclusive cultures within educational contexts through contemporary research, which could include policies and practices within schools, inclusive pedagogies, teaching through an ethic of belong and care, inclusive teaching for students experiencing mental health challenges or SEND and engaging with diversity across school communities.
Contemporary Challenges in Education (Core)
You’ll explore the purpose and function of the educational systems and structures before being guided through a thematic approach to the current educational issues to stimulate student engagement in developing practice.
You’ll draw upon the disciplines that inform contemporary discourses on learning, including philosophy, sociology, history and psychology.
Understand from a critical outlook and use research to explore and evaluate a variety of current practices that impact on the ability of schools to be inclusionary, and its aims to address contemporary challenges to benefit children, young people and families.
During your final year, you'll study five core modules.
Research Project (Core)
You’ll be given the opportunity to complete an independent research study within a chosen field of education that is of particular interest to your own developing specialisms and be given the support to design, conduct and report on a specific topic chosen by you.
Apply the knowledge and skills you’ve developed over the course of your degree and extend your knowledge and understanding of a specific area of research utilising either primary or secondary strategies and the appropriate methodological approaches.
Inclusive Practice in Education (Core)
You’ll be introduced to the practice for specific areas of need, levels and types of SEND such as cognition and learning, speech language and communication, SEMH, sensory and physical disabilities including specific learning difficulties, autism and neurodiverse children and young people.
Study and understand the methods and approaches used to co-ordinate SEND provision in line with current national policy and advice across an educational setting. Develop ways of working effectively with individuals and their families to optimise the voice of the child and their family in developing appropriate plans and interventions.
You’ll understand the ability to develop highly personalised and evidence based reasonable adjustments for specific children and young people which is unique to them and their needs and aspirations.
Family Support and Leading Interventions in Education (Core)
You’ll critically analyse the role played by parents in fostering a child’s engagement and achievement within the education system and examine how a child’s systematic environment of home life and key familial relationships can impact upon their readiness to learn and the impact that parental needs and challenges can bring to any given situation.
Explore different interventions and approaches that be utilised by settings to foster an ethos of collaborative partnership work with parents, promoting the active involvement and co-operation of parents with their child’s education.
Develop a critical understanding of the cultural perspectives around parental involvement and a range of interventions to support parents and children.
You’ll be introduced to several parenting programmes used within early help and education settings to evaluate their usefulness and potential ethical and philosophical considerations.
Therapeutic Practices in Education (Core)
You’ll be introduced to a range of therapeutic practices employed within educational settings for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.
You’ll focus developing your practice with children and young people using evidence-based intervention strategies, and develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of interventions including direct work with children and young people.
Practices and interventions explored will be centred on harness the voice of a child and will include modes of group work, cognitive behaviour strategies, psycho-educational approaches for anxiety and low mood, bereavement, mindfulness.
Professional work placements
Experience matters. That's why we embed professional work placements within our standard undergraduate degrees.
How does it work?
Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.
During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.
We have established links with schools and other education, health and social care settings across the region so you could undertake your placements within mainstream primary and secondary education, alternative provisions and SEND education institutions. You might look for a role in family support work, youth and community work, local government or in the charity sector working with children and young people. While on placement, you could be shadowing mental health practitioners and mental health leads both inside and outside of formal education establishments.
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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
- 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
Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.
Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:
- Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
- Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
- Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.
Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.
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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.
Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.
|GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required
Applications are welcome from mature students with few formal qualifications.
Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, we may offer an alternative way to assess suitability to study.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
Fees and finance
UK Home Students:
Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024.
Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.
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.
We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:
- Books - 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.
- Print costs - 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 need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.
Although the equal consideration deadline has passed for 2024 entry there are still ways to apply now.
If you included five choices on your application, have received decisions from all five, and weren’t accepted, or if you declined the offers you received, you will be able to use Extra which opens on 28 February. If you use Extra to add another choice you cannot reverse this to go back to your original five choices.
If you did not use all your choices in your initial application, you don't need to use Extra, you can just sign in to your application and add another choice, as long as it’s before 30 June, and you’ve not accepted or declined any offers.
If you don’t hold any offers after 5 July, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing.
Applications are not yet open for courses starting in September 2025. You can register and start your application for 2025 from 14 May 2024, although you cannot submit it until later in the year. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2025 is 29 January 2025.
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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Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.
This degree allows you to explore aspects of education, health (particularly mental health) and social care in preparation for further training or employment. Possible career routes include family support, therapeutic and pastoral roles within education or Education and Mental Health Practitioner or a Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner within NHS or healthcare settings. With its emphasis on social justice and welfare, this course also gives you the skills you need for a graduate career in other areas such as housing, local government, the police, government social research and the charity sector.
You could also progress onto a PGCE (if you would like to become a teacher) or other postgraduate study or research in education, mental health or SEND.
After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.
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