Foundation degrees are work-based, higher education qualifications. They have been designed to enhance and broaden your professional knowledge and give you the opportunities to develop, progress and gain recognition of skills in a formal qualification.
They can lead to an honours degree following completion of a one-year top-up course.
Foundation degrees offer a route into higher education for professionals without an undergraduate degree and have been carefully designed to fit in around other existing commitments, including work. You'll build on your workplace experience, enhance your knowledge, and gain recognition of your professional skills in a formal qualification.
Our Foundation degrees are aimed at professionals who support children, young people or families in a wide range of integrated services including education, family support, social care, voluntary sectors, early years, childcare and youth services.
Professional Practice 'Top-up' degrees
Once you've successfully completed your Foundation degree, you could 'top-up' your qualification with a Professional Practice 'Top-Up' degree.
Upon successful completion of a Professional Practice degree, you will graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in your chosen pathway.
Our Professional Practice degrees aim to expand the skills required for a range of professional and managerial roles in environments working to support the development, learning, and wellbeing of children, young people, and families.
Why study with us?
Our courses are designed and delivered by practitioners with extensive experience working with children, young people and families. They'll engage you with their practice and research throughout the course. Our academics also work in close partnership with employers, such as local schools and Leeds City Council social care services.
Our Foundation and Professional Practice degrees have been designed to fit in alongside a full-time job, and other commitments, giving you the chance to earn while you learn. You'll attend teaching sessions for up to one day a week, alongside working or volunteering in a professional setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week.
We encourage you to develop and extend your professionalism and support your fellow students, contributing to a rich learning experience.
You'll learn the theories behind current practice and further the knowledge and understanding needed to carry out your role effectively. You'll enhance your working practice by learning and applying your professional knowledge and life experience.
We're committed to developing outstanding professionals within the fields of education and children, young people and families. Studying these qualifications will open up further progression opportunities within higher education - whether you want to specialise in a particular area or train to teach.
Postgraduate degrees at Leeds Trinity
Our experienced and dedicated staff will give you the personal and academic support you need to succeed. Our Learning Hub gives you access to personalised academic and study skills support and our range of Student Support services are here to make sure that you look after your health and wellbeing.
Apply for a Foundation or Top-up degree
Applications for 2022 have now closed. The application form for 2023 entry will be made available in October.
Download the relevant application form below and return it, along with your references and copies of your qualifications, to:
Leeds Trinity University
The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application, and aim to make a decision within two weeks of receiving your application.
If you've been made an offer, you'll need to accept or decline by emailing email@example.com.
There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.
Yes, as it’s a work-based learning degree, you will need support from your employer. This will need to have been approved and evidenced when you apply to us. You will also need a DBS certificate.
Yes, you will need to include a personal statement with your application form. This is your opportunity to tell us why you would be suitable for the course. Personal statement tips are below.
Absolutely! Foundation degrees and Professional Practice programmes are stand-alone qualifications. We also understand that changing institutions can be a challenge, but at Leeds Trinity, you really are a name, not a number. We have a range of support available to help you with your transition and career aspirations.
Personal statement tips
Writing your personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you want to study a Foundation and or a Professional Practice ‘Top-Up’ degree at Leeds Trinity.
Starting a personal statement can seem daunting, so here are some tips to get you going:
- Tell us what your aspirations are for the future
- Talk about the career you have and want, and why doing this degree will help you in achieving your goals.
- Don’t forget to sell yourself and show passion for the work you do.
- Write about your qualifications and experiences
- Don’t worry if your qualifications are from a while ago as we won’t just look at your academic achievements. We’ll take your circumstances into consideration, such as a break in your career, raising a family etc. Evidencing any transferable skills and writing about experiences away from your career could also be relevant and will give us a more detailed picture of you.
- Include any extracurricular activities you’re involved in, such as volunteering. Not only do these demonstrate your enthusiasm and interests, but they also highlight your dedication and work ethic.