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Develop the skills and experience to improve the lives of children, young people and families at our Institute of Childhood and Education.

We offer pathways that give you the chance to specialise in child development, education and religious studies or child and family support.

Whichever pathway you choose, you'll develop a practical understanding of childhood and education grounded in theory, professional policy and national frameworks.

You'll learn from active researchers with extensive experience of working in the children's workforce, who'll keep you at the forefront of the latest sector developments.

Leeds Trinity University is one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every undergraduate degree. That means you’ll graduate with up to three months’ degree-relevant experience, industry contacts and valuable employer references – without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our Children, Young People and Families degrees also offer the opportunity to study abroad for up to a year with one of our partner universities across Europe, Australia, Asia, China and America.

Ben Davy.

I've gained the knowledge and experience necessary for a range of roles within the field of Childhood. I feel confident to go into a workplace and put into practice what I've learned.

Ben Davy
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Placement opportunities

We work closely with early years providers, schools, hospitals, nurseries, community education centres, police services and charity organisations to provide a wide variety of placement opportunities.

Our students have worked in all areas of the early years, education and family support sector including primary and secondary schools, private educational organisations, children’s centres, welfare support groups, pupil referral units and youth offending teams.


Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in the children’s work force, from education and youth and community work, to disability support, family support services, police domestic violence units and youth offending teams.

Many continue their academic studies with us on one of our related postgraduate or teacher training degrees or choose to undertake additional training for a career as a social worker.


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Foundation degrees

Foundation degrees offer a route into higher education for professionals without an undergraduate degree and have been designed to fit in around existing work commitments. 

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